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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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What’s On at HALS?

Hertfordshire Red Books at the Garden History Museum

A major exhibition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Humphrey Repton has opened at the Garden History Museum in Lambeth. Twenty-four original Red Books,  including those for Panshanger House and Tewin Water House (from HALS), are on display.  The Red Books were a marketing tool used by Repton to show his landscape designs to clients. To mark this anniversary, we are offering a discount on our Repton publications during November.


Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies at HCC Volunteering Awards

On 25 October, Hertfordshire County Council held its volunteering awards celebrating the contributions of all Hertfordshire’s volunteers. HALS volunteers were recognized in three categories:

Best Young Volunteer went to Daniel Cole, for helping digitize our collections. Sheila White, who has supported the archives for over 13 years, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award. Buffy Ord was nominated for the Outstanding Star award for the work she has contributed over the years. You can find out about volunteering opportunities on our webpages.


#Explore Your Archive

HALS and Hertfordshire Libraries are supporting the Archive and Records Association’s nationwide campaign to raise awareness of archives. Throughout November, you will find events and exhibitions across the county, showcasing the breadth of our collections.  Find #EYA events near you on our website.

Readers Tickets: New Scheme Coming Soon

Please note that County Archive Research Network (CARN) scheme will end on 30 November this year.  HALS will however continue to accept valid CARN tickets as proof of identity until they expire.  From 01 December, we will be introducing our own scheme.   We Check our webpages for information on this by the end of November.

Events & Exhibitions


Fearless Women: On 24 November at 7pm, we will be holding the first in our series on bold women in Hertfordshire’s History.  This event focuses on St Albans-born Duchess of Marlborough, and is combined with an advance screening of the film The Favourite at WGC Cinema.

Watch the trailer here and order your tickets via the cinema website. Next time you visit HALS, do take a look at our new foyer display, Peace in Hertfordshire: How the County Celebrated the end of the Great War. Visit our webpages to find details of all our events.

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De Havilland Museum Visit

The Trust is proposing a return visit to the de Havilland’s Aircraft Museum at London Colney, Hertfordshire, on Sunday 10 March 2019, following our successful visit in 2017. The visit will only take place if we have sufficient numbers, and the cut-off date for those who need to show an interest is Saturday 1 December 2018. At this point we still have a few places available.

Tickets are £17.00 and the money will be collected nearer the time. Therefore if you wish to go please contact Clive Hammersley before 1 December to book your place. Further information on the museum can be found here.

De Haviland Museum Trust_Dec-2018

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