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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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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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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