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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 11th December Christmas Entertainment


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

Wednesday 12th December A Regency Christmas

Wednesday 9th January Bedford’s Transport Heritage

Wednesday 13th February A Thousand Years of Putnoe

Wednesday 13th March Why Do Churches Have Towers

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 14th December History of the Music Hall

‘Friends’ Lunchtime Lectures

Peterborough Museum, 12.15–2.00pm, £4 members and £5 visitors. Go to for more information.

Thursday 20th December – The History of the Music Hall

HiFARS committee meeting

Thursday 3rd January

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

Treasures Exhibition

Runs until Sunday 6th January

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery

An exhibition of treasured objects with significant links to the town of Peterborough. It will be the first time the artefacts will be on display together and include the casket of St Thomas Becket, the Water Newton treasure, the Barnack Burial Assemblage and the Lindsey Psalter. Go to for more information.

Talks at The Higgins Museum, 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 8th January Nelson’s Jewel by Martin Downer

Tuesday 12th February The East London Group by Alan Waltham

Tuesday 19th February Working with Edward Bawden by Christopher Brown

Tuesday 5th March Sofonisba Anguissola by Dr Angela Smith

Tuesday 9th March Swifts by Bob Hook

Tuesday 2nd April Rushwork by Felicity Irons

Tuesday 6th May The Pyghtle Works by David Fowler

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, go to for more information about the Young Archaeologist Club.

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 11th January The Glories of Georgian Architecture

Saturday 9th February Valley of the Kings

Friday 1st March Great Kings of Bronze

Friday 8th March St Pancras and his Station

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 for more information.

Runs until Saturday 12th January Local Treasures on loan from the British Museum

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 16th January Mayan Architecture by Sylvia Stock

Wednesday 20th February Boughton House by Charles Lister

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 17th January Wellingborough Then & Now

Thursday 21st February History of Football in Wellingborough

Thursday 21st March Latest News from Chester Farm

Thursday 18th April St George’s Day Celebration

Thursday 16th May AGM

Thursday 20th June Youg Enterprise

Saturday 29th June Strawberry Cream Tea to celebrate National Civic Day

Treasure Talks

A series of talks at Peterborough Museum, £3 per person, go to for more information.

Tuesday 22nd January 7.30pm Medieaval manuscripts at Peterborough Abbey.

Tuesday 19th February 7.30pm Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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. £3 for members, £4 for visitors. Go to for more information.

Friday 25th January The Secrets of Operation Bernard by Steve Dimmer

Friday 22nd February Delapre Abbey by Vicki Pearson

Friday 29th March Victorian Workhouses by Daniel Pearson

Archaeological Finds Surgeries

There are FREE Archaeological Finds sessions run by county Finds Liaison Officers in conjunction with the Portable Antiquities Scheme – Ellie Cox for Northamptonshire and Matt Fittock for Bedfordshire. Go to and for more information.

Friday 25th January 1.30pm–4.00pm Manor House Museum, Kettering

Wednesday 30th January 1.00pm–3.00pm The Higgins, Bedford

Friday 22nd February 1.30pm–4.00pm Manor House Museum, Kettering

Wednesday 27th March 1.00pm–3.00pm The Higgins, Bedford

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 25th January The Fine Arts Society by Ian Luck

Friday 15th February Health & Medicine in Northants during WWI Dr Caroline Nielson

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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 28th January A History of Magic in Northampton

Monday 25th February A Northamptonshire Miscellany

Monday 25th March Northampton Suffragettes and Suffragists

Monday 29th April Watling Street

Monday 20th May Bog Bodies Uncovered

Monday 24th June Caring for the National Trust’s Archaeology

Monday 30th September Wallis Simpson and the Abdication Crisis 1936

Monday 28th October AGM

Monday 25th November Walter Tull

ISE dig

The Ise Archaeology Group host a programme of talks at St Andrews Church Rooms, Kettering, go to and Facebook for more information.

Wednesday 30th January The Archaeology at Canons Ashby House by Tim Upton-Smith

Wednesday 27th February Bodies, Bones and Burials Vickie Score, Leicester University

Wednesday 27th March Spinning & Weaving in the Viking Era by Julie Mason

Northamptonshire Heritage Forum

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

Thursday 31st January NHF Social and meeting at Brackley Town Hall

March Forum Training

Thursday 25th April NHF AGM

May NHF Lecture and dinner

Thursday 4th July NHF Awards at Holdenby House

Thursday 19th September NHF meeting

October History Day

HiFARS members meeting

Tuesday 5th February

HiFARS members meeting, details to be announced.

Exhibition: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War

Runs until Tuesday 19th February 2019

British Library, Euston Road, London

A major new exhibition at the British Library of 180 spectacular treasures including the Lindisfarne Gospels, Beowulf, Domesday Book and finds from Suton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hoard. Go to for more information.

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.

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The Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust

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

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

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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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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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.

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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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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.

2019 dates to be announced 

London Walking Tours

Throughout 2018

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 2018

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.