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ODHS Talks

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 for more information.

Tuesday 17th October Slavery – Links with Emberton Andy McGrandle

Tuesday 21st November The Buckingham Canal Athina Beckett

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 for more information.

Wednesday 18th October And the Trumpets Shall Sound

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 for more information.

Thursday 19th October History of Brewing in Wellingborough

Thursday 16th November Butler to Royalty

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

CCHS Talks

The Carlton and Chellington Historical Society host a programme of talks throughout the year. Go to 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.

Thursday 19th October Margaret Beaufort

Thursday 19th November Discoveries from Bedford’s Northern Bypass

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 for more information.

Friday 20th October The Parks of Kettering North End

Friday 8th November The Great War: Magic Lantern Slides

Friday 10th December Dad’s Army

Art history lecture series

Friday 13th October – Friday 17th November

Abington Park Museum

A series of history lectures around The English Country House and the art that defines it. Go to for more information.

Friday 20th October Communicating Status

Friday 3rd November Notable Exteriors

Friday 10th November Downstairs in the New Upstairs

Friday 17th November Ruinous Travels

RDHS Talks

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 for more information.

Friday 20th October Horrible Halloween Histories by Steve Dimmer

Friday 17th November Conscientious Objectors

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

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 for more information.

Saturday 21st October – Saturday 13th January Kettering Co-operatives – Personal stories and donated objects celebrating the story of the local Co-op movement.

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 for more information about event and train times.

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 1940s weekend

Saturday 28th October Halloween Specials

Wellingborough Museum half term activities

Wellingborough Museum, Dulleys Bath

Family fun at the Museum, see Facebook for more details.

Monday 23rd October at 11.00am FREE Guided Walk around the Zoo

Wednesday 25th October FREE archery with he Bifrost Guard re-enactors

Thursday 26th October FREE Tudor Day

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 for the full programme.

Tuesday 24th October Nelson in Naples

Tuesday 28th November Margaret Badley – Lady Margaret Beaufort

Tuesday 5th December Art and Life in Santa Fe

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 for more information. Young Archaeologists’ Club affiliated branch.

SLHG Talks

The Sharnbrook Local History Group have a full programme of talks held at Sharnbrook Methodist Church, Park Lane at 2.00pm. Go to for more information.

Wednesday 25th October Shopping in Georgian Bedford

Wednesday 8th November Land Ownership in Sharnbrook

Wednesday 22nd November A guided visit to the Higgins Museum, Bedford

Wednesday 6th December Bedford’s Architectural Heritage

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 for more information and a full programme of talks.

Thursday 26th October at 6.00pm How to Spot a Roman Emperor by Prof Mary Beard

Wednesday 1st November at 6.00pm Martin Luther and his Crusade against the Pope

Wednesday 8th November at 6.00pm Lenin and the Russian Revolution

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

Northamptonshire Garden Trust Talks

The Northamptonshire Garden Trust hosts interesting talks at Great Houghton Village Hall, Northants. Go to for more information.

26th October Medieval Gardens

Northampton Battlefields Society

The Northampton Battlefields Society was formed to promote and preserve the Battlefields Heritage of Northampton. Go to for more information and to see the programme of speakers at the Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton at 7.30pm, £5 for visitors.

Thursday 26th October AGM and Henry III by Matthew Lewis

Thursday 30th November Medieval Field Systems in Northants Prof Stephen Upex

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 for more information.

Friday 27th October at 11.00am and 2.00pm

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 for more information.

Friday 27th October Higham Ferrers, The War Walk Geoff Moore

Friday 24th November Another Icarus, Percy Pilcher Roy Smart

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.

Friday 27th October 1.30pm – 4.00pm Manor House Museum, Kettering

History Day

Saturday 28th October  SOLD OUT

Finedon Dolben Cricket Ground

Northamptonshire Heritage Forum and Finedon Local History Society host the History Day for 2017. A full day of talks by Malcolm Peet, Ron Clayton, Michael Britton and Francis Terry along with a guided tour. HiFARS will also be hosting a stall there. Go to  and for more information.

HiFARS AGM 2017 and Talk

Saturday 28th October – AGM starts at 7.00pm, talk starts at 7.15pm

Bede House, St Mary’s Churchyard, Higham Ferrers

The talk at the HiFARS 2017 AGM will be The First Home Front: England’s WWI Heritage by archaeologist Dr Paul Stamper. The illustrated talk will take a look at the remains from the infrastructure created at the time to support the war effort in England – armaments factories, coastal defences, airfields and POW camps. £2 for HiFARS members, £3 non-members, free refreshments.

Chester Farm

Sunday 29th October

The Lord Robert’s Regiment of Foote re-enactors will be at Chester Farm on Sunday 29th October. Go to for more information.

WAHS Talks

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 30th October AGM

Monday 27th November History with a Smile on its Face Tony Boullemeir

Peterborough Museum Society Lecture Programme

Peterborough Museum

A programme of lectures held at Peterborough Museum at 7.30pm. Go to for more information.

Tuesday 31st October 1,000 Years of Orton Longueville

Tuesday 14th November The Roof of Burghley House

Tuesday 28th November Collecting Antique Clocks

Tuesday 12th December A Musical Ride

Courses at Knuston Hall

Knuston Hall, near Irchester, in Northamptonshire offers reisdential and non-residential courses in a huge variety of subjects. Go to for prices, dates and more information. See below for a small selection which might be of interest to HiFARS members.

Thursday 2nd November An Illustrated History of Wellingborough

Friday 10th November The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

Saturday 25th November The Great Queens of Egypt

Friday 19th January Minoans and Mycenaens

Friday 19th January Achaeans in Anatolia

Collectors Day

Saturday 4th November noon – 4.00pm

Abington Park Museum, Northampton

FREE event – collection displays and favourite objects.

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 for more information about opening times, prices and to confirm visit before travelling.

CBA SM Archaeological Review

Sunday 5th November

Kirtlington Village Hall, Oxfordshire

A review of recent fieldwork across the South Midlands by the Council for British Archaeology. Go to for more information.

CBA AGM and De Cardi Lecture 2017

Monday 6th November


The Council for British Archaeology Annual General Meeting and De Cardi Lecture will be held in London on 6th November. Go to for more information.


The Bedford Architectural Archaelogical & Local History Society have a programme of talks and events organised for the year. Go to for more information.

Wednesday 8th November Conservation

Wednesday 13th December Bedford Libraries

Wednesday 10th January RAE Bedford

Wednesday 14th February Maps

Wednesday 14th March Chicksands Priory

Walks and Talks at the Higgins, Bedford

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane

A series of history walks and talks. Go to for more information and to book a place.

Thursday 9th November Bedford Town Amble

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 for more information. Visitors welcome, £2.

Friday 10th November Peasants, Science and Farming in Medieval Elton

Friday 12th January Oundle on Film

Friday 9th March AGM

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 for more information.

Thursday 12th November Northampton Curiosities

Thursday 16th November Squires and Spires of Northamptonshire

Thursday 30th November The History of Toys

Thursday 14th December A Medieval Christmas

The Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust

The Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust meets monthly at Wellingborough Museum in Castle Way. Go to and for more information.

Tuesday 14th November 7.30pm Railways

NAS AGM and Public Lecture

Tuesday 14th November AGM at 7.00pm and Talkat 7.20pm

The Humfrey Rooms, NNHS, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton

Northamptonshire Archaeological Society are holding their AGM and Public lecture on the evening of Tuesday 14th November. Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, Senior Lecturer in Human Osteology at University of Sheffield will be talking on The Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project. Tea and coffee from 6.30pm, NAS AGM at 7.00pm and talks starts at 7.20pm.

Northamptonshire Heritage Forum

The NH Forum support heritage in the county, HiFARS are a member. Go to for more information.

Wednesday 15th November Committee meeting

HiFARS committee meeting

Wednesday 15th November

If any HiFARS member has an item to raise with the committee please go to the CONTACT page.

Higham Ferrers Sparkle

Saturday 18th November

More details nearer the time.

HiFARS visit: Rushden Hall

Wednesday 22nd November

An evening guided tour around Rushden Hall, more details nearer the time.

CBA EM Archaeological Review

Sunday 26th November

Oakham School, Rutland

A review of recent fieldwork across the East Midlands by the Council for British Archaeology. Go to for more information.

HiFARS Christmas Lecture 2017

Sunday 10th December

More details nearer the time.

London Walking Tours

Throughout 2017

Museum of London, 150 London Wall

Guided walks around London – from ancient ruins to modern day facades. All walks are £10.50, go to for available dates, booking and more information.

Peterborough Historical City Tours

Throughout 2017

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 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 for more information.

Monday 8th January Archaeology of Medieval Britain in Sywell

Thursday 11th January Archaeology – A Beginners Guide in Northampton


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 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 for more information.

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.

IPHS Talks

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 for more information.

new dates for 2017 to be confirmed

Heritage Open Days 2018

More details nearer the time.