HiFARS Christmas Lecture 2017
Sunday 10th December 2.00pm – 4.00pm
POSTPONED due to snow, new date will be arranged
Bede House, St Mary’s Churchyard, Higham Ferrers
The historic gardener Michael Brown will be sharing a Medieval Christmas with HiFARS on Sunday 10th December. Learn all about the medieval Christmas traditions, food, drink, decorations and music by a warming winter fire. Tickets available from Olwen email@example.com or 07904014750. £3 for HiFARS members, visitors £4 and students £1.50. FREE refreshments and raffle.
Peterborough Museum Society Lecture Programme
A programme of lectures held at Peterborough Museum at 7.30pm. Go to www.vivacity-peterborough.com for more information.
Tuesday 12th December A Musical Ride
HiFARS committee meeting
Wednesday 13th December
If any HiFARS member has an item to raise with the committee please go to the CONTACT page.
The Bedford Architectural Archaelogical & Local History Society have a programme of talks and events organised for the year. Go to www.baalhs.org.uk for more information.
Wednesday 13th December Bedford Libraries
Wednesday 10th January RAE Bedford
Wednesday 14th February Maps
Wednesday 14th March Chicksands Priory
Over 60s talks at Abington Park Museum
10.30am – 11.30am
Abington Park Museum, Northampton
Price £2.50 including refreshments, booking essential ring 01604 837397. Go to www.northampton.gov.uk/museumworkshops for more information.
Thursday 14th December A Medieval Christmas
Wellingborough Museum Trench Experience
Wellingborough Museum, Dulley’s Baths
An hour and a half tour of life in the trenches of WWI – rifles, grenades, mustard gas, uniforms and rations. Go to www.wellingboroughmuseum.co.uk for more information.
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Archaeological Finds Surgeries
There are FREE Archaeological Finds sessions run by Ellie Cox, the new Finds Liaison Officer for Northamptonshire, in and around the county.
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Talks by Friends of Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
The Friends of Kettering Museum & Art Gallery organise monthly talks 7.30–9.00pm at the Museum. Tickets £4 per person, no advance booking required. Go to www.kettering.gov.uk for more information.
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The Rushden and District History Society hold meetings starting at 7.30pm on the 3rd Friday of each month at South End Junior School, Wymington Road in Rushden. Admission is £1.50 for RDHS members, £2.50 for guests, all welcome. Go to www.rdhs.org.uk for more information.
Friday 15th December History of Weatherbys
Friday 19th January Victorian Institutions
Friday 16th February Amy, Wonderful Amy
Friday 16th March Mediaeval Medicine
Friday 20th April US Civil War Music
Friday 18th May AGM and Boughton House
The Bone Crypt at Holy Trinity Church in Rothwell
Winter opening – 2nd Sunday of the month (but check the website before you go)
Holy Trinity Church, Squires Hill, Rothwell NN14 6BQ
The 13th Century Bone Crypt contains the remains of around 1500 individuals, mainly skulls and thigh bones which according to medieval superstition were needed for resurrection, and its open to the public. Go to www.rothwellholytrinity.org.uk for more information about opening times, prices and to confirm visit before travelling.
London Walking Tours
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
Guided walks around London – from ancient ruins to modern day facades. All walks are £10.50, go to www.museumoflondon.org.uk for available dates, booking and more information.
Northamptonshire Heritage Forum
The NH Forum support heritage in the county, HiFARS are a member. Go to www.northamptonshireheritageforum.co.uk for more information.
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Peterborough Historical City Tours
Walking tours around the city on various historical themes – Historic Peterborough; Buildings: Then and Now; Inns and Taverns; Crime and Punishment and Candlelit Ghost Tours. Go to www.vivacity-peterborough.com for more information.
Archaeology courses in Northamptonshire
There are 2 new archaeology courses available in the county starting in September 2017 and January 2018. Go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/adultlearning for more information.
Monday 8th January Archaeology of Medieval Britain in Sywell
Thursday 11th January Archaeology – A Beginners Guide in Northampton
The Olney & District Historical Society meet at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month in the Main Hall of the Olney Centre in the High Street. All welcome, visitors £3.00 per meeting. Go to www.mkheritage.org.uk/odhs for more information.
Tuesday 9th January The Indian Army in WWI
Tuesday 13th February The History of Apethorpe Palace
Tuesday 13th March Sheriff of Bedford & Bedford Castle
Tuesday 10th April Royal Mistresses
Tuesday 8th May Salvation Army
Tuesday 12th June History Of Pathfinder Force
Tuesday 10th July Mulgrave Manor
Talks by the Friends of The Higgins, Bedford
Higgins Museum, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD
The Friends of the Higgins Bedford have regular talks about art and history at the museum in Bedford. Talks of particular interest to HiFARS members are listed below but go to www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk for the full programme.
Wednesday 10th January Ancient Woodlands
Tuesday 16th January Jan Wyck
Tuesday 20th February The Fry Art Gallery
Tuesday 27th March John Armstrong
Tuesday 10th April Roger Fry & Virginia Woolf
Tuesday 29th May James Ravilious’s Photographs
Archaeology Workshops for Children
The Higgins Museum, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD
Hands on monthly sessions for children aged 8 – 16 years interested in archaeology. Booking essential. Go to www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk for more information. Young Archaeologists’ Club affiliated branch.
Walks and Talks at the Higgins, Bedford
The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane
A series of history walks and talks. Go to www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk for more information and to book a place.
Thursday 11th January What, where and When
Thursday 8th February Who made the Higgins Part 1
Oundle Historical Society Talks
Oundle Historical Society hold meetings and talks at Oundle Methodist Church, Drummingwell Lane, Oundle, usually starting at 7.30pm. Go to www.oundlehistoricalsociety.org.uk for more information. Visitors welcome, £2.
Friday 12th January Oundle on Film
Friday 9th March AGM
Exhibitions at Kettering Museum
Manor House Museum, Kettering
A permanent exhibition of fascinating objects including archaeology, natural history and geology. For FREE temporary exhibitions see list below and go to www.kettering.gov.uk/museums for more information.
Runs until Saturday 13th January Kettering Co-operatives – Personal stories and donated objects celebrating the story of the local Co-op movement.
Exhibition: Scythians – Warriors of ancient Siberia
Runs until 14th January 2018
British Museum, London
Major exhibition explores the story of the Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, who flourished between 900 and 200BC. Go to www.britishmuseum.org for more information.
Another look back at Northamptonshire
Saturday 20th January 1.30–3.30
Abington Park Museum
A selection of archive footage of Northamptonshire. Go to www.northampton.gov.uk for more information.
Lectures at Gresham College
Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, London
Museum of London, London Wall, EC2
Gresham College has provided FREE public talks in London for over 400 years. The subjects are varied, lectures of particular interest to HiFARS members are listed below but go to www.gresham.ac.uk for more information and a full programme of talks.
Wednesday 17th January at 6.00pm London Merchants and their Residences
Tuesday 5th February at 6.00pm Votes for Women: A Centenary Celebration
Tuesday 13th March at 6.00pm Architecture and the Edwardian Era
Tuesday 1st May at 6.00pm In Search of the Medieval Outlaw
Courses at Knuston Hall
Knuston Hall, near Irchester, in Northamptonshire offers reisdential and non-residential courses in a huge variety of subjects. Go to www.knustonhall.org.uk for prices, dates and more information. See below for a small selection which might be of interest to HiFARS members.
Friday 19th January Minoans and Mycenaens
Friday 19th January Achaeans in Anatolia
Wellingborough Civic Society Talks
Wellingborough Civic Society holds monthly meetings usually held at Wellingborough Museum at 7.30pm. £3 for visitors, refreshments included. Go to www.wellingboroughcivicsociety.org.uk for more information.
Thursday 18th January Wellingborough Now & Then
Thursday 15th February History of Wellingborough School
Thursday 15th March History of Agriculture in Wellingborough
Thursday 19th April St George’s Day Celebration
Thursday 17th May AGM
Thursday 21st June A Woman’s Place
Thursday 30th June Strawberry Cream Tea
HiFARS Finds evening
Thursday 25th January
The first finds evening will be held on 25th January, more details nearer the time. Bring your recent finds and objects of interest along.
Higham Ferrers Chichele Society
The Higham Ferrers Chichele Society meets usually on the last Friday of the month at 9.30am for talks and lectures on local history at the Green Dragon, Higham Ferrers. £2.50 for members, £3 for visitors. Go to www.highamchichelesociety.org.uk for more information.
Friday 26th January To the Manor Born
Friday 23rd February History of the Music Hall
Friday 30th March John of Gaunt
Friday 27th April Willybrook Hundred
Northampton Battlefields Society
The Northampton Battlefields Society was formed to promote and preserve the Battlefields Heritage of Northampton. Go to www.northamptonbattlefieldssociety.com for more information and to see the programme of speakers at the Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton at 7.30pm, £5 for visitors.
Friday 26th January Richard III armour
Friday 23rd February The earls and Kings of Scotland and Northamptonshire
Friday 23rd March Arms and Armour in C14th and C15th
Friday 27th April The Medieval Pilgrim
Friday 1st June The Reality of C15th Warfare
Friday 29th June Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age Northamptonshire
Friday 27th July The Story of Archery
Friday 28th September Revealing Greyfriars
The Wellingborough Archaeological and Historical Society hold meetings usually on the last Monday of the month in the Friends’ Meeting House, St John Street, Wellingborough at 7.30pm. Members £1.50, visitors £2.50.
Monday 29th January Surveying Historic Buildings
Monday 26th February 30 Years of Historic Garden Reconstruction
Monday 26th March Lost Country Houses of Northamptonshire
Monday 30th April The Archaeology of Delapre Abbey
Monday 21st May Wallis Simpson and the Abdication Crisis
Monday 25th June Northamptonshire Curiosities
Monday 24th September Neolithic and Bronze Age Northamptonshire
Monday 26th November Remember, Remember the 5th of November
The Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust
The Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust meets monthly at Wellingborough Museum in Castle Way. Go to www.thenorthamptonshirefilmarchivetrust.co.uk and www.wellingboroughmuseum.co.uk for more information.
27th March Around Northamptonshire
24th April Thats Entertainment
25th September Operation Workforce
30th October A Decade on Film
27th November Aviation Night
The Irchester Parish Historical Society hold monthly Thursday talks starting at 7.30pm usually in Irchester Library on the High Street, £3 for visitors. Go to www.iphs.org.uk for more information.
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Northamptonshire Garden Trust Talks
The Northamptonshire Garden Trust hosts interesting talks at Great Houghton Village Hall, Northants. Go to www.northamptonshiregardentrust.org for more information.
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The Sharnbrook Local History Group have a full programme of talks held at Sharnbrook Methodist Church, Park Lane at 2.00pm. Go to www.slhg.org.uk for more information.
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Rushden Transport Museum & Railway
Rushden Transport Museum is situated in the Old Midland Railway Station of 1894 which once formed part of the Wellingborough to Higham Ferrers branch line. Go to www.rhts.co.uk for more information about event and train times.
Sunday 1st April Easter Bunny Express
Saturday 5th – Monday 7th May Cavalcade
Lunchtime Talks at Kettering Museum and Art Gallery
Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering
Lunchtime talks from 1.00pm to 2.00pm. Tickets are £5 per person, seats are limited so booking essential. Go to www.kettering.gov.uk for more information.
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The Carlton and Chellington Historical Society host a programme of talks throughout the year. Go to www.carltonwithchellington.co.uk for more information. Talks are held in Carlton Village Hall, The Moor, Bedfordshire MK43 7JR. Doors open at 7.30pm, tea and coffee, 8.00pm start. Visitors £3.
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Heritage Open Days 2018
More details nearer the time.