Cambridge Local History course

“Whatever their life stage or motivation for learning, members of the Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society will benefit from our Undergraduate Certificate”…

Apply by 3 Sep 2018 for part-time Local History course for 2018 – 2019!
University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Madingley Hall

Live classes are held at beautiful Madingley Hall

The Certificate in Local History: Evaluating the Past through British Local History begins with an introduction to local history, in order to provide you with some of the key skills and concepts used by local historians, and continues with units on communities in early modern England and religion during the First World War. Eleven Sunday day schools and two Sunday field trips from October 2018 to June 2019. More details here

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Summer trip to Althorp

BLH&MS summer trip to Althorp House, 2 Aug 2018…
This house is to the north of Northampton and is the home of the Spencer family. Princess Diana is buried there. The house (with its picture collection) and gardens are superb. A stop at Charles Rennie Mackintosh House in Northampton will be included on the way, with an opportunity for lunch there.

BLH&MS trip_Althorp Northamptonshire by Neale_1818

Althorp House, drawn by J.P. Neale, 1818 (Wikimedia Commons)

We run our trips in conjunction with the Berkhamsted Probus Club. We try to organise these trips where a midday meal is available for those that require it. The cost is usually between £20 and £30 per person. Please contact Bill Willett on 01442 863760 or email

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What’s On at COAM?

Check out details of Chiltern Open Air Museum’s packed programme here.

English Civil War

English Civil War

Archaeological dig, Terrific Tuesdays and Creative Thursdays, Ragged Victorians, Rural Life, English Civil War, Iron Age Life, Outdoor Cinema, Medieval Warbow, World War I, Wild About Wool, Harvest Festival, Awesome October, all rounded off with a Halloween Spectacular!

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Classic Vehicles Show at COAM

A celebration of classic cars, motorbikes, boneshakers and tractors at Chiltern Open Air Museum on 21st-22nd July 2018. More details here

Classic vehicles show

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Book now for Heritage Open Days!

Come and celebrate Berkhamsted’s architecture and culture
at this year’s Heritage Open Days

HOD poster

Thursdays to Sundays 6 to 9-Sep-2018 and 13 to 16-Sep-2018

More details here

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Quaker Meeting House exhibition

The story of Berkhamsted Quaker Meeting House is on display at the Open Door, 360-364 High Street, Berkhamsted 9 Jul to 20 Jul 2018.

Quaker House

Berkhamsted Quaker House

You can read more about the Quaker House in Janice Boakes’ article in the Society’s Chronicle v.XV (Mar 2018).

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MA in History at University of Hertfordshire

Starting on 17 Sep 2018, there’s an exciting new MA in History at the University of Hertfordshire, either full time (one year) or part time (two years).

“Our MA programme takes an innovative approach by connecting the local to the global.  The study of everyday life is central to the identity of the History Group, and this is reflected in the range of modules that we offer.  Covering the period from 1550 to the present, you will explore the impact of big historical forces on everyday lives.

Modules to be offered (2018-19) include:

  • Money-makers, murderers, medics and mothers: women’s lives in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • Local and global: consumer societies between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries
  • History from the street: people’s lives from the nineteenth century to the present day
  • Customs and community culture, 1700-2000
  • Research methods: approaches to history and disseminating your research
  • Dissertation.”

More details here

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Beacons of the Past

We are delighted to invite you to our first events of the Chilterns Conservation Board Beacons of the Past Project!



Meet and Greets

We will be holding four “Meet and Greet” sessions, at different locations in the region. This means that we can tell you a bit more about our project, and you can come and ask Wendy Morrison, the Project Manager, and Ed Peveler, the Landscape Heritage Officer, any questions that you might have. There will also be tea and cake, and plenty of time for mingling.  Click here for more details of the project.

The dates and locations are as follows:


Please email here to book your place at one of the venues. We look forward to meeting lots of you soon!

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Suffragettes event at COAM

Suffragettes at COAM

Suffragettes 23 – 24 June 10am – 5pm

Come and learn about the brave women involved in the women’s Suffrage movement and see them in action as they fight, march, sing and campaign for the cause.

  • Learn about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in this family-friendly Suffragettes event
  • Watch physical and exciting demonstrations showing how a team of Edwardian ladies were able to protect the leaders of the Women’s Suffrage Movement from arrest, armed with only determination, cunning and training in the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu 12pm and 3pm
  • Visit the WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union) recruiting stall: will you join the cause?
  • Meet costumed re-enactors, listen to Suffragette songs and learn about this fascinating period of history
  • Listen to a traditional Edwardian musician singing music hall songs (Sunday only)
  • Peek at the Edwardian Curiosity Show (Saturday only)
  • Vote for Goat: Take part in our weekend vote to name one of our kid goats

More details here

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BLH&MS summer trip to Greenwich

BLH&MS trip Greenwich Cutty Sark_Jul-2010

Cutty Sark refurbishment

BLH&MS summer trip on 31 May 2018 to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich…
On this trip, there is the opportunity to visit the Naval College, Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory. At the National Maritime Museum, there is a photographic exhibition ‘The Great British Seaside’. (Entrance fee applies, but the Museum is free).

We run our trips in conjunction with the Berkhamsted Probus Club. We try to organise these trips where a midday meal is available for those that require it. The cost is usually between £20 and £30 per person. If you are interested please contact Bill Willett on 01442 863760 or email here.

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