BLH&MS book sale 23 Nov 2019, 9-11am

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The Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society will be running a stall at the Court House in Berkhamsted where there will be a small history display and a number of local history books for sale, including ‘Berkhamsted in WWI’ and ‘Men of Berkhamsted – Lest We Forget’. Do stop by for a chat! Tea, cake and coffee will be served (at 50p).

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BLH&MS talk on 13 Nov

“Invasion 1940 What If?”, by Tony Eaton.

From The National Archives: “Historians are divided about whether a German invasion could ever have succeeded. In the end, it never happened but [there was] some indication that the British government seriously considered that there might be an invasion.”

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War Weapons week in Berkhamsted 1941

Meeting begins at 8pm in the Wellcome Great Hall, Town Hall, Berkhamsted. Visitors are always welcome @ £3 at the door.

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HALH 40th Annual Symposium

Our 40th Annual Symposium will be taking place on Saturday 9 November at Woolmer Green. This year’s theme is ‘Local History, Landscape & Archaeology’ and we are very pleased to welcome some excellent speakers. We will be considering how the study of archaeology and local history come together in the research of our local landscape.  More details and a booking form can be found in the Autumn 2019 edition of News & Events or via our website


  • Archaeological Investigations on the Site of the Former County Gaol, Baker Street, Hertford (Peter Boyer)
  • The Swiss Cottage in Cassiobury Park, Watford: Estate of the Earls of Essex from the Late Seventeenth Century until 1922 (Laurie Elvin)
  • Why local historians need to be archaeologically literate (Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews)
  • A late medieval tile kiln at Buntingford Road, Puckeridge (Mark Hinman)
  • The Kelshall Hoard (Phil Kirk)
  • History, archaeology, local history: a strained relationship? (Kris Lockyear)
  • Henry VIII’s fishponds at Hunsdon (Anne Rowe)
  • Gobions and Beyond: archaeology and garden history in Hertfordshire (Tom Williamson)

We hope you will be able to attend, and if you haven’t already booked, please return your booking form by 26 October.

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BLH&MS talk 16 Oct 2019

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“Berkhamsted in maps”, by Bill Willett.

John Cook noted in 2000: “Bill Willett, maker of the Berkhamsted Citizens Association new footpath map, has pointed out an interesting change in our countryside that has taken place since the last version of the map came out: he has found in plotting his map and checking it on the ground that there is much more woodland now than was the case then… lots more trees today – in the Town and in the countryside round about – than there were 60 years ago.” (Berkhamsted Review).

Meeting begins at 8pm in the Wellcome Great Hall, Town Hall, Berkhamsted. Visitors are always welcome @ £3 at the door.

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Battlefields Trust conference

Fornham conference

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Talks on Fridays at Luton Hoo Estate

Talks on Fridays

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Bring history alive through storytelling

Enjoy a spell-binding performance which brings local history to life – and an opportunity to learn storytelling skills yourself!

The accomplished performers of The Heroine Project (who wowed audiences at last September’s Heritage Open Day in Rectory Lane Cemetery) are returning with two further performances of Memento Mori (‘Remember you have to die’) this Saturday in the Cemetery.

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They bring some of the women buried in the cemetery back to life and vividly evoke Victorian Berkhamsted.

Each performance will be followed by refreshments and a specially designed workshop.  The morning (11.00) is suitable for families, from 7 upwards, the afternoon (14.00) for ages 15+.  If you’re interested in local history and engaging new audiences in appreciating it – this is for you!

This is a collaboration between the Rectory Lane Cemetery Project and The Heroine Project and is delivered as part of the 2019 Chiltern Heritage Festival.

More information and tickets here

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BLH&MS Summer trip 12 Sep 2019

Cliveden house and gardens near Beaconsfield

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Cliveden in Jul 2012

Amazing setting overlooking the Thames. Historic House, some rooms MAY be open, but lavishly changed by the Astor family and notorious for the Profumo / Christine Keeler affair. (You can see the swimming pool!) Afterwards we drop down to the Thames below and visit the Stanley Spencer gallery and have a guided tour there and a guided walk around Spencer’s Cookham.

We run our trips in conjunction with the Berkhamsted Probus Club. The cost is usually between £25 and £35 per person. If you are interested please contact Bill Willett on 01442 863760 or email here

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Coming soon to St Mary’s Northchurch

WILD BOY – the true story of Peter the Wild Boy


Wild Boy is the incredible, true, moving story of a feral child, found in the woods of Hanover, Germany in 1726. Unable to speak, or stand up straight, the Wild Boy was named Peter and taken to the court of King George I, where he lived as a pet.

The King quickly became bored of the child and soon Peter’s story was lost to legend, until a fire broke out in Norwich prison. During the evacuation one of the inmates was recognised as the Wild Boy.

This production tells Peter’s story with luscious live music, movement, puppetry and magic, and questions what it means to be human. Suitable for adventurous audiences aged 8 and above.

We are so excited to welcome this amazing performance to St Mary’s and there will be 4 performances as follows:

16 October – 7pm
17 October – 7pm
18 October – 7pm
19 October – 2pm

Book your tickets here

Lamphouse Theatre is a Peterborough based theatre company committed to telling epic stories in intimate settings. They perform with a playful mischief with live music, comedy and spontaneity.

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Study Day – A whiff of grapeshot


Gunpowder weapons in the Napoleonic Wars

Saturday 7th September 2019

The Battlefields Trust in partnership with the Waterloo Association and the Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey, present a one-day seminar from 9.30 a.m.–5.30 p.m., on gunpowder weapons in the Napoleonic Wars, entitled ‘A whiff of grapeshot’. 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 Chris Jones, Stephen Summerfield and Gareth Glover, with demonstrations from the Historical Maritime Society and the 44th East Essex Regiment of Foot re-enactment group.

Cost for the day is £35.00 per person for Battlefields Trust and Waterloo Association members (£40.00 for non-members) and includes lunch and refreshments.

More details here

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