Battlefields Trust Conferences

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Battlefields Trust Annual Conference, Winchester 26-28 April

A  reminder that there is still time to book your place on the Trust’s annual conference at the University of Winchester, 26-28 April. The weekend includes an excellent programme of speakers and activities, a visit to the battlefield of Cheriton, and it’s also a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. For further information and to book a place please visit the Trust website here
We hope to see you there!

Wars of the Roses Conference, Glastonbury 1 June

You will also have seen in recent issues of the Trust magazine that on 1 June we will be collaborating with Strode College, Somerset and the Richard III Society Somerset Branch in presenting a Wars of the Roses Conference to be held at Glastonbury Town Hall. Again, there’s an excellent line up of speakers promises to me a memorable day! For more information and details on how to book please visit here

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Easter Lambing Weekend Event

Join us for a special Easter event this Bank Holiday weekend and take part in our fun family crafts, Easter trails and activities.

Come and meet the gorgeous spring Oxford Down lambs born at the Museum and explore our traditional Chilterns farm and lambing fold, where you can learn about the lambing traditions of the Victorian Chilterns.

Lambing event

There will also be the option to have a go at some traditional cooking on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd.

On Saturday 20th April, we will be joined by local chocolate makers Auberge du Chocolat who will be running a special chocolate activity (additional charges apply).

More information here

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Luton Hoo Study Day

Luton Hoo Study Day

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Railways – How they helped to shape modern society

Kings Langley

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English Civil War Conference


Battlefields Trust event…

Saturday 18th May 2019

The Friends of the National Civil War Centre and the Battlefields Trust present a conference examining the military events of the first part of 1643

The conference will be held at the National Civil War Centre, 14 Appleton Gate, Newark, NG24 1JY on 18 May 2019. Programme and booking details here

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Luton Hoo Study Day

luton hoo

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BLH&MS talk: Art & Design in the Chilterns

BLH&MS talk at 8:00pm on 16 Jan 2019 in the Wellcome Great Hall, Town Hall, Berkhamsted. Visitors are always welcome @ £3 at the door.

Art & Design in the Chilterns:
A retired University academic Dr Graham Twemlow writes and lectures on design history and decorative arts subjects. He has given talks at numerous institutes and venues including Christie’s South Kensington, the Royal Society of Arts and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Chilterns has played host to many artists and craftsmen. Graham’s talk will focus on some of the 20th century artists who either made the Chilterns their home or found inspiration here – and sometimes both.
Works by artists including E. McKnight Kauffer, as shown here

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Battlefields Trust event

East Anglia Study Day

Saturday 2nd February 2019

battle of bosworth

The study day will be held at The Cedars Hotel, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 2AJ. Price £20.00 and includes refreshments. (life members £10.00; non-members £30.00). A buffet lunch is available for an extra £10.00.

Speakers include Harry Sidebottom (author of the Warrior of Rome novels and Fellow and Director of Studies in Ancient History at St Benets Hall, and Lecturer in Ancient History at Lincoln College), Dr Michael Jones on the fight to save Bosworth battlefield, and Geoffrey Carter ‘It’s Only A Field – Raising Community Interest in Historic Battlefields’. Please contact David Austin to book a place:

  • Contact name : David Austin
  • Contact email : here
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Latest news and events at HALS

Watford Central Library at 90

Watford at 90

On Wednesday 12 December, Watford Central Library will be celebrating its 90th birthday.  To celebrate, there will be a chance to explore some of the hidden treasures from the archives and local studies collections, including maps, photographs and leaflets.  Discover how the library has changed over time at this free event.

HALS Proud to support Flamstead Heritage Project

HALS is delighted to be supporting the project team at St Leonard’s Church Flamstead, who have recently received the first round funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Urgent repairs to this 12th century church will be made, along with a programme of interpretation, activities and community engagement. HALS will be supporting project volunteers with research into the history of the building and local area, as well as offering training in digitization and creation of articles on Herts Memories.  Find out more on the Flamstead project website.

Christmas Gift Ideas from the Heritage Shop

HALS Christmas gifts

Are you starting to feel festive?  We are, so we thought we’d share some ideas for unusual Christmas gifts.

If you’re looking for a present for a keen cook, why not try them with some traditional Hertfordshire recipes? Or maybe you’re after something to spark a bit of nostalgic chat about life in Hertfordshire. What could be better than one of our picture books? Or perhaps, you just need a stocking filler… How about this Colouring Book of Hertfordshire?

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