History Courses at Oxford University

Short courses for the public

The broad sweep of courses in history encompasses British and European history from the decline of the Roman era to the present day, the ancient world, Asia and the far east and the Americas. Local and social history courses concentrate on cultural and social aspects of history, on different strata of society, and on teaching you to do research using local and national archives. More details here

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History Courses at Cambridge University

These courses are all University of Cambridge qualifications and are studied part-time to fit around your work and lifestyle. Many of our students study for both personal fulfilment, professional reasons or as a gateway to further study. Teaching takes place at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century country house near Cambridge set in 8 acres of landscaped grounds.

The deadline for applications is 2 September 2019 and you can apply online here

Undergraduate Certificate in Local History: Evaluating the past through British Local History
October 2019 – June 2020, Course fee: £2,250
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.

Undergraduate Certificate in History
October 2019 – June 2020, Weekend sessions and field trips. Course fee: £2,250
The Certificate in History will provide you with some of the key skills and concepts used by historians. The course contains units covering British, European and American history.

Undergraduate Certificate in the Making of the English Landscape: Landscape History and Archaeology
October 2019 – May 2020, Course fee: £2,850
This certificate course is based on, and updates, W. G. Hoskins’ iconic – and poetic – book, The Making of the English Landscape, published in 1955, revised and annotated, but still in print. It uses the evidence of the landscape itself together with maps and documents, archaeological and ecological evidence as well as that of churches and secular buildings to trace long-term continuities and changes in the making of the rural English landscape from prehistory into the nineteenth century.

Undergraduate Certificate in the Study of Early Medieval England
September 2019 – June 2020, Course fee: £2,850
This certificate examines the initially sparse and later more plentiful archaeological, documentary, art and architectural evidence for the origins and development of Anglo-Saxon England between the 5th and the 11th centuries.

Undergraduate Certificate in Archaeology of the Ancient World
October 2019 – May 2020, Course fee: £2,250
This one year part-time Certificate course offers a solid introduction to the great civilisations of the ancient world. You will learn about the archaeology of Ancient Egypt, the Mediterranean world of the Romans and Greeks, and the civilisations of Mesopotamia, the Levant and Mesoamerica, through taking overviews of certain aspects of society and studying some key case studies.

Undergraduate Diploma in Archaeology: Death and the Ancient World
October 2019 – May 2020, Course fee: £2,250
This one-year part-time Diploma course will give you an advanced and in-depth knowledge of a key prehistoric and historic period in the archaeology of the ancient world. This is coupled with an insight into the study of bones and ancient diseases, so vital in the interpretation of prehistoric and historic periods.

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Hertfordshire Heritage Services

Hertfordshire Family History Society

On 17 August from 12 – 4pm, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies will be hosting a Special Meeting of the Hertfordshire Family History Society. All are welcome to this free drop in event in the Local Studies Library where specialists will be able to advise you. Refreshments will be available. More information here

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

Next year sees a major campaign to encourage participation in culture and the creative arts. Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies and Hertfordshire Association Museums are delighted to be coordinating the programme of activities for the heritage themed month of September. Sign up to the mailing list and find out more here. There will also be regular news via twitter and facebook. For further information, please contact Liz Gore

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Berkhamsted Lock-Up


The “Bridewell”, Old Police Station on the corner of Kings Road and High Street

Dr Elaine Saunders (@earlypolicing) shares the fascinating history of the Berkhamsted Lock-Up on the Prison History website “A resource to expand our knowledge of the practice and experience of imprisonment in the British Isles between 1500 and 1999”. They’re looking for the public to contribute lots more lock-ups that aren’t in the database.

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Berkhamsted Heritage Open Days

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

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Fri 13-Sep-2019 to Sun 22-Sep-2019

Events organised by the Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society
All events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Bookings are requested for all events.
Contact Jenny Sherwood on 01442 865158 or email here

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BDAS Lecture Programme 2019-2020

Berkhamsted & District Archaeological Society holds lectures on Monday evenings in the Chapel of Berkhamsted School, Castle Street, at 7.45pm

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23 SEP 2019  The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Peter Clayton, FSA, Chairman, BDAS

 28 OCT 2019 Bejewelling the Male Body in Tudor and Jacobean England

Dr Natasha Awais-Dean.  Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London

25 NOV 2019 Oplontis and the Villas of Pompeii. A digger’s view of the project 2010-2019

Professor W.E. Martin, PhD, PCEng, FIET, FRAS. Member of BDAS

16 DEC 2019 Ivinghoe Monastery, the Women of the Woods

Roger Bolton. British Television and Radio producer and presenter

27 JAN 2020 BDAS Excavations at Ashridge Management College

Ken Wallis. Member of BDAS

24 FEB 2020 Beacons of the Past. The Chiltern Hillforts Project

Dr Wendy Morrison, BSc, MPhil, DPhil. Project Manager

23 MAR 2020 The Work of the Historic Environment Team in Hertfordshire

Andy Instone. Senior Historic Environment Advisor, Hertfordshire County Council.

27 APR 2020 In Search of Ancient Cyprus

Dr Thomas Kiely, Curator Department of Greece and Rome, The British Museum
Followed by the Society’s 48th AGM

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Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey

This fascinating site chronicles the history of gunpowder and later explosives and propellants as well as Cold War secret research and rocketry.

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Visit What’s On at Royal Gunpowder Mills for Walking Tours, Summer Sundays, Woodland Wildlife Safari, Traditional Building Skills Course and Professor Nitrate’s Test Zone.

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Luton Hoo extended walk

Luton Hoo walk

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Book sale 22 Jun 2019

Market hall and High St

The Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society will be running a stall at the site of the original Market Hall in Berkhamsted. We will have a number of local history books for sale and would love you to come along for a chat and tell us some of your local history stories.

Berkhamsted’s mediaeval market had royal favours bestowed upon it. In 1156, Henry II directed that the men and merchants of Berkhamsted were to be ‘free of all tolls and duties whithersoever they go’ and when Edward IV confirmed this privilege he further decreed that no market was to be set up within eleven miles of the town.

(Percy Birtchnell, Berkhamsted Review, Nov 1942).

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Southey’s motorbike c1901

Minerva 1900-1

Is this one of the earliest Southey motorbikes c.1901? It was received in pieces and reconstructed by Kees Koster. Does anyone else have a bike of this vintage?

In 1968, Beorcham wrote this in the Berkhamsted Review: “No one knows whether one of these veteran machines is still in existence. Perhaps not. C.E. Southey and Co… occupied workshops and garages in Elm Grove and Kings Road, and used what is now the men’s outfitter’s shop [Birtchnell’s] at Elm Grove corner as a show-room.”

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