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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 or 07904014750. £3 for HiFARS members, visitors £4 and students £1.50. FREE refreshments and raffle.

Peterborough Museum Society Lecture Programme

Peterborough Museum

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

next date still to be confirmed Manor House Museum, Kettering

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.

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

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.

Northamptonshire Heritage Forum

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

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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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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

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 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 and 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

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.

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Northamptonshire Garden Trust Talks

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

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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.

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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 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 for more information.

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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.

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Heritage Open Days 2018

More details nearer the time.