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.

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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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Book now for Heritage Open Days!

Come and celebrate Berkhamsted’s architecture and culture
at this year’s Heritage Open Days

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Thursdays to Sundays 6 to 9-Sep-2018 and 13 to 16-Sep-2018

More details here

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Quaker Meeting House exhibition

The story of Berkhamsted Quaker Meeting House is on display at the Open Door, 360-364 High Street, Berkhamsted 9 Jul to 20 Jul 2018.

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Berkhamsted Quaker House

You can read more about the Quaker House in Janice Boakes’ article in the Society’s Chronicle v.XV (Mar 2018).

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MA in History at University of Hertfordshire

Starting on 17 Sep 2018, there’s an exciting new MA in History at the University of Hertfordshire, either full time (one year) or part time (two years).

“Our MA programme takes an innovative approach by connecting the local to the global.  The study of everyday life is central to the identity of the History Group, and this is reflected in the range of modules that we offer.  Covering the period from 1550 to the present, you will explore the impact of big historical forces on everyday lives.

Modules to be offered (2018-19) include:

  • Money-makers, murderers, medics and mothers: women’s lives in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • Local and global: consumer societies between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries
  • History from the street: people’s lives from the nineteenth century to the present day
  • Customs and community culture, 1700-2000
  • Research methods: approaches to history and disseminating your research
  • Dissertation.”

More details here

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Beacons of the Past

We are delighted to invite you to our first events of the Chilterns Conservation Board Beacons of the Past Project!



Meet and Greets

We will be holding four “Meet and Greet” sessions, at different locations in the region. This means that we can tell you a bit more about our project, and you can come and ask Wendy Morrison, the Project Manager, and Ed Peveler, the Landscape Heritage Officer, any questions that you might have. There will also be tea and cake, and plenty of time for mingling.  Click here for more details of the project.

The dates and locations are as follows:


Please email here to book your place at one of the venues. We look forward to meeting lots of you soon!

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