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

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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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Historic Gardens around Berkhamsted

BLH&MS talk at 8:00pm on 12 Dec 2018 in the Wellcome Great Hall, Town Hall, Berkhamsted. Visitors are always welcome @ £3 at the door….

Kate Harwood is the Planning and Conservation Officer for Hertfordshire Gardens Trust and a former university lecturer (in Garden History). The talk will be about the historic gardens round Berkhamsted from Capability Brown to the Arts and Crafts, with a quick look at possible gardens at the castle and one or two a bit further afield.

Pool at Aston Clinton_Newman_Sketch_15-Oct-1902

Photo of “A Charming Pool in the Grounds of Aston Clinton House”
(J.T. Newman, The Sketch, Oct 1902)

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Bosworth 1485 A Battlefield Rediscovered

A Special Afternoon at Richard III Visitor Center, Leicester on Fri 14 Dec 2018
includes a FREE copy of the book (worth £ 45)

Bosworth book

Talk by Professor Anne Curry
Free glass of wine / tea & coffee
FREE entry to Richard III Visitor Centre (worth 8.95) including Richard III’s grave
Visit Richard III’s tomb in Leicester Cathedral
Talk by Richard Mackinder on latest archaeology and interpretation
of the battlefield since 2013
All for just £ 30

To get your NUMBERED ticket to this event and a FREE copy of the book reserved for you email the organiser Kelvin van Hasselt – Founder & Vice President – The Battlefields Trust with your booking and provide your mobile number.

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Battlefields Trust Study Day


‘And down goes all before them’

 Gunpowder weapons from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries
Saturday 24 November 2018

The Battlefields Trust in partnership with the Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey present a one-day seminar from 9.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., on gunpowder weapons from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, entitled ‘And down goes all before them’, a quotation from Shakespeare’s Henry V. The venue will be the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY.

The day will include lectures, demonstrations of gunpowder weapons by re-enactors and tours of the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Speakers include Nick Hall, Curator Emeritus at the Royal Armouries, Richard Knox, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, and Simon Marsh, Battlefields Trust, with demonstrations from Rumford Artillery Group (part of Lord Fauconberg’s Household) of the War of the Roses Federation and Rawdon’s Regiment of the English Civil War Society. Cost for the day is £35.00 for Battlefields Trust members (£40.00 non-members) and includes lunch and refreshments.

To view the full programme and download a booking form click here. Send the completed form along with your payment to Chris May.

For further information email Harvey Watson or telephone 01494 257847.


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