VE Day anniversary film

From the East Anglian Film Archive on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, here is a 10-minute compilation film offering a snapshot of life on the home front during World War II, which is now available to watch here


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BLH&MS talk and AGM postponed

BLH&MS talk and AGM on 25 Mar 2020 is postponed due to Coronavirus. Stay safe and we hope to see you in Sep 2020. Meanwhile, life’s better by water and here’s Castle Street bridge: Alford’s timber yard on the left, Crystal Palace pub on the right…

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Castle Street bridge

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Battlefields Trust Training Day 25 Mar

The Battlefields Trust in conjunction with the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers and Historic England are running a battlefield heritage training day on 25 March 2020 at the National Civil War Centre in Newark.

The day is primarily aimed at those responsible for the management of battlefield heritage in local and national government, such as archaeologists, conservation officers and planning advisors. The training provides an introduction to some of the challenges, opportunities and approaches associated with battlefield heritage.

Free tickets for such professionals have now all been allocated, but there are some tickets remaining that the Trust can make available to members of the Battlefields Trust and other interested individuals on a paid for basis. Places are still available to book for the training day.

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Battle of Stoke Field (1487)

Tickets cost £20 for Battlefields Trust members and £35 for non-members, including a sandwich lunch and teas and coffees and can be obtained from Eventbrite

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The Railway Comes to Tring

BLH&MS talk on 19 Feb 2020

The Railway Comes to Tring, by Ian Petticrew.

The talk looks (in brief) at how the London & Birmingham Railway came to be built: the route as originally proposed – and as eventually constructed; civil engineering along the line from Euston to Tring; early train services and the Railway’s impact on stage coach services, the Sparrows Herne Turnpike and the canal.

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Tring Railway Cutting

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 Study Day

It’s 2020 and you’re warmly invited to our East Anglia Regional Study Day! This is our fourth one and it’s on Saturday 29 February 2020 at the Cedars Hotel, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 2AJ starting at 10.30 am with coffee/tea available from 10.00.

Our speakers include Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler (FRHistS, FHEA Lecturer in Later Medieval British and European History at Lancaster University) who will be talking to us on Simon de Montfort and the Battle of Evesham (1265).

We are very pleased to welcome back Dr 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, who will be talking on the Late Roman Army and the East Anglia Saxon Shore forts.

And for those of you who missed our study day on the Battle of Fornham Dr James Barnaby has very kindly agreed to talk to us about the Campaign of 1173 building up to the actual battle. And as ever Trust Development Officer Julian Humphrys will be with us, to talk on the work he’s been doing around the Battle of Hastings, and answer questions on the work of the Trust.

We also want to take this opportunity to seek members’ views on future Trust activities in East Anglia.

Price: £32 to include a buffet lunch and tea/coffee. (Life members £25).

Please contact David Austin for a booking form.
Here is a link to the Cedars’ website

We really look forward to seeing you there.

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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

Footpath map

“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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