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.

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Celebrating Armistice Day…

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Bosworth Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield

with latest interpretation based on recent archaeological finds and view of the battlefield from viewpoint of all 3 protagonists especially that of Henry Tudor which will not be possible if the western part of battlefield is built on in 2019.
Our Tour Guide will be Richard Mackinder
Richard ran the Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre for 26 years and has worked with Glenn Foard on the new interpretation in 2009 and has continued archaeological research ever since with the Ambion Historical & Archaeological Group (AHARG), a dedicated team of metal detectorists carefully plotting every find.
We hope that each tour will include descendants of those who fought in the battle and leading historians.
We only have room for 15 participants on each tour.
Meet:  Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre, Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire CV13 0AD
10.30 am for 2.5 hour tour, including coach and briefing notes
Cost: £ 25 (Pay on the Day)
(NB please let me know in in good time if you cannot come so that somebody else can have the ticket) .
The Visitor Centre Tithe Barn is OPEN for Sunday Roast lunch at 1pm.
2 course £ 11.85       3 courses £14.85
Please indicate in your email if you would like Sunday lunch so we can give the visitor centre an idea of numbers.
You can enjoy the visitor centre and its excellent bookshop and then go on to visit local villages and churches such as Daddlington.
Sunday, November 4th
Sunday, November 18th  
Sunday, November 25th
Sunday, December 2nd
To get your NUMBERED ticket, all you need to do is to email the organiser with your booking and provide your mobile number to:
Kelvin van Hasselt – Founder & Vice President – The Battlefields Trust
Email  here
Tel: 01263 – 513 560
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WWI Peace Exhibition

Berkhamsted Civic Centre on Fri 9 Nov 12:00 to 16:00 and Sat 10 Nov 10:00 to 16:00…

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HALH Symposium

From Roman City to New Towns: Hertfordshire’s development

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Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

This year’s Hertfordshire Association for Local History Symposium is on Sat 10 Nov at Lemsford Village Hall AL8 7TT.

The day is the highlight of the local history calendar in Hertfordshire, and is a great opportunity to hear local history experts, talk to fellow enthusiasts, and buy the latest publications. Coffee and tea are provided.

‘Verulamium: Hertfordshire’s first Garden City?’
‘Saxon Burghs and medieval market towns’
‘No taxation without representation: the Chartist Land Colony’
‘Hertford in the eighteenth century’
‘St Albans in the eighteenth century’
‘Hitchin in the nineteenth century’
‘Lemsford in the nineteenth century’
‘Writers and thinkers on the Garden City Idea: Ebenezer Howard and George Bernard Shaw’
‘Letchworth – England’s only new industrial town?’
‘Stevenage: The first post-war New Town’

For full programme and booking details – check here

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Cambridge Local History course

“Whatever their life stage or motivation for learning, members of the Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society will benefit from our Undergraduate Certificate”…

Apply by 3 Sep 2018 for part-time Local History course for 2018 – 2019!
University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Madingley Hall

Live classes are held at beautiful Madingley Hall

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. Eleven Sunday day schools and two Sunday field trips from October 2018 to June 2019. More details here

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Summer trip to Althorp

BLH&MS summer trip to Althorp House, 2 Aug 2018…
This house is to the north of Northampton and is the home of the Spencer family. Princess Diana is buried there. The house (with its picture collection) and gardens are superb. A stop at Charles Rennie Mackintosh House in Northampton will be included on the way, with an opportunity for lunch there.

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Althorp House, drawn by J.P. Neale, 1818 (Wikimedia Commons)

We run our trips in conjunction with the Berkhamsted Probus Club. We try to organise these trips where a midday meal is available for those that require it. The cost is usually between £20 and £30 per person. Please contact Bill Willett on 01442 863760 or email

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What’s On at COAM?

Check out details of Chiltern Open Air Museum’s packed programme here.

English Civil War

English Civil War

Archaeological dig, Terrific Tuesdays and Creative Thursdays, Ragged Victorians, Rural Life, English Civil War, Iron Age Life, Outdoor Cinema, Medieval Warbow, World War I, Wild About Wool, Harvest Festival, Awesome October, all rounded off with a Halloween Spectacular!

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Classic Vehicles Show at COAM

A celebration of classic cars, motorbikes, boneshakers and tractors at Chiltern Open Air Museum on 21st-22nd July 2018. More details here

Classic vehicles show

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