Summer Lecture Series
Coach House Learning & Activity Centre, Kelmarsh Hall
Inaugural evening Summer Lecture series at Kelmarsh Hall, go to www.kelmarsh.com for more information.
Tuesday 17th July Nancy & Norah garden designers
Tuesday 24th July English Country House Style
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 19th July Eleanor of Castille
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.
Thursday 19th July Garden History in Bedfordshire
Thursday 16th August Society Dinner
Thursday 20th September The Warrior Returns
Thursday 18th October History of Shuttleworth Estate
Thursday 15th November William Cowper & his Hares
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 20th July Saints and Sinners
Friday 21st September HE Bates
Friday 19th October 100-Year-Old Postcards
Friday 16th November Dancing with Diana
Friday 14th December History of the Music Hall
CBA Festival of Archaeology
The Council for British Archaeology is taking a year off from holding its Festival of Archaeology this year but it’ll be back bigger and better in 2019.
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.
Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th July Castle Close Medieval Site 2018 Summer Dig
Wednesday 22nd August Visit to Piddington Roman Villa
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 27th July Northamptonshire Miscellany
29th September More than a Name on a War Memorial
Friday 26th October David Livingston
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 27th July The Story of Archery
Friday 28th September Revealing Greyfriars
HiFARS Archaeology Allsorts
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July
Chichele College, Higham Ferrers
The annual HiFARS event Archaeology Allsorts will be held on the weekend of 28th–29th July in Chichele College. There will be heritage displays and Finds Identification. On Sunday afternoon there will be another FREE event – Brass on the Grass – the Raunds Temperance Band will be playing at 3.00pm, bring a picnic.
Awesome Archaeology at Flag Fen
Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th July
Flag Fen, near Peterborough
Family fun – uncover artefacts thousands of years old in The Big Dig Tent’s excavation pits, learn traditional skills and handle replica Bronze Age tools. Gp to www.vivacity.org for prices and more information.
Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology 2018
Runs until Sunday 29th July
Discover more about the rich and diverse heritage of Leicestershire and Rutland – a whole range of events, talks and guided tours Go to Facebook and www.archaeologyuk.org/cbaem for more information.
Northampton Castle Workshop
Tuesday 31st July 1.30pm–3.30pm
Family fun at Abington Park Museum.
100 Objects Talks
Wednesday 8th August – Sunday 11th November
Abington Park Museum
Friday 10th August 11.30–12.30 The Women’s Land Army
Friday 17th August 11.30–12.30 Health and Medicine
Friday 24th August 11.30–12.30 The Girl Who Made my Boots
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 17th August Hittites
Thursday 8th November The Gunpowder Plot
Middle Nene Archaeological Group
MidNAG hold meetings and talks at Oundle Methodist Church, Drumming Well Lane, Oundle, usually starting at 7.30pm. Go to www.midnag.org.uk for more information. Visitors welcome, £2.
Friday 18th August – 1st September Summer excavation at Nassington
HiFARS committee meeting
Monday 20th August
If any HiFARS member has an item to raise with the committee please go to the CONTACT page.
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.
Friday 24th – Monday 27th August Sausage & Cider Festival
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th September Model Weekend
Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st October LMS Branchline at War
Saturday 27th October Halloween Special
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th December Santa Special
Association of Industrial Archaeology annual seminar
Friday 31st August
The CBA EM is hosting the annual seminar of the Association of Industrial Archaeology. Go to www.archaeologyuk.org/cbaem for more information.
Heritage Open Days 2018
Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th September
Go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk for more information.
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 below and go to www.kettering.gov.uk/museums for more information.
Running until 8th September Morning Campers: The British Holiday Camp
Saturday 22nd Sept – Saturday 12th January Local Treasures on loan from the British Museum
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 11th September AGM
Tuesday 9th October National Leather Collection
Tuesday 13th November Queen Victoria
Tuesday 11th December Christmas Entertainment
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 12th September AGM and talk
Nene Valley Festival 2018
Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd September
Nene Valley, East Northamptonshire
Lots of local events, go to www.nenevalley.net nearer the time for information.
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 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.
Tuesday 25th September Operation Workforce
Tuesday 30th October A Decade on Film
Tuesday 27th November Aviation Night
CBA EM Autumn Conference 2018
Saturday 27th October
Theme: Religion and Archaeology. Go to www.archaeologyuk.org/cbaem for more information.
CBA AGM and annual Archaeology Day
Friday 30th November
University of York Department of Archaeology
Go to www.archaeologyuk.org/cbaem for more information.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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, go to www.yac-uk.org for more information about the Young Archaeologist Club.
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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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.
tbc Manor House Museum, Kettering
The Ise Archaeology Group host a programme of talks at St Andrews Church Rooms, Kettering, go to www.ise-dig.co.uk and Facebook for more information.
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.
The Bone Crypt at Holy Trinity Church in Rothwell
Usually 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.
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.
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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