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
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 www.highamchichelesociety.org.uk for more information.
Friday 28th September More than a Name on a War Memorial by Richard Gell
Friday 26th October David Livingston by Gloria Wright
Friday 30th November The Castles of England & Wales by Colin Ray
Friday 7th December Sex, Drums & Tape Worms by Kevin Varty
Archaeological Finds Surgeries
There are FREE Archaeological Finds sessions run by Ellie Cox, the Finds Liaison Officer for Northamptonshire, in and around the county.
Friday 28th September Manor House Museum, Kettering
Friday 26th October Manor House Museum, Kettering
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.
Friday 28th September Best Foot Forward by Kevin Varty
Friday 19th October Treasure in Northamptonshire by Eleanor Cox
100 Objects Talks
Exhibition runs until Sunday 11th November
Abington Park Museum
Friday 28th September 2.00–4.00 Family Stories from WWI
Friday 5th October 11.30–12.30 Final Weeks of War
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 28th September Revealing Greyfriars
The Chichele Society Exhibition 2018
Saturday 29th/Sunday 30th and Saturday 6th/Sunday 7th October
Chichele College, Higham Ferrers
The theme of the annual exhibition of the Chichele Society for 2018 is Victorian Higham. FREE entry – see the displays on Higham Then & Now, the World War I Centenary, the Bedesmen and the NEW Higham Ferrers Timeline. For more information see the posters about town and social media.
Musical Memories Day
Sunday 30th September, 12 noon – 11pm
Ringstead Village Social Club
Ringstead Heritage Group have organised ‘A Musical Memories Day’ – disco, photograph and poster exhibition, talk, live band, jamming session, dance display, bar and food available. FREE, donations welcome.
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.
Wednesday 3rd October Visit to Foster Hill Road Cemetery
Wednesday 17th October Digging Up Roman History at Vindolanda
Wednesday 31st October A Brief History of Canals
Wednesday 14th November Roman Bedfordshire
Wednesday 28th November Our Stories
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.
Saturday 6th October Trip to Ely Stained Glass Museum
Wednesday 10th October Booksigning
Wednesday 14th November A Thousand Years of Kimbolton
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
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 October National Leather Collection
Tuesday 13th November Queen Victoria
Tuesday 11th December Christmas Entertainment
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.
Wednesday 10th October Dark Age Europe
Thursday 8th November The Gunpowder Plot
Thursday 22nd November The Changing Face of Rushden
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.
Saturday 13th October at 1.00pm
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.
Wednesday 17th October Chad Varah by Anastasia Geyer
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.
Wednesday 17th October The A14 Landscape Throughout Time by Tony Walsh (MOLA)
Wednesday 14th November AGM and Weaponry During the War of the Roses by Mike Coggins
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
‘Friends’ Lunchtime Lectures
Peterborough Museum, 12.15–2.00pm, £4 members and £5 visitors. Go to www.vivacity.org/heritage for more information.
Thursday 18th October – Myths and Legends of Peterborough
Thursday 15th November – Peterborough’s Blue Plaques
Thursday 20th December – The History of the Music Hall
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 19th October 100-Year-Old Postcards
Friday 16th November Dancing with Diana
Friday 14th December History of the Music Hall
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 18th October History of Shuttleworth Estate
Thursday 15th November William Cowper & his Hares
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 www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk for the full programme.
Tuesday 19th October Bedford’s Highlanders
Tuesday 30th October The Cambridge Seven
Tuesday 6th November Winifred Nicholson
Tuesday 27th November The Work of Robert Tavener
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.
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.
Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st October LMS Branchline at War
Saturday 27th October Halloween Special
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th December Santa Special
HiFARS committee meeting
Tuesday 23rd October
If any HiFARS member has an item to raise with the committee please go to the CONTACT page.
A series of talks at 7.30pm at Peterborough Museum, £3 per person, go to www.vivacity-peterborough.com for more information.
Tuesday 23rd October Peterborough Abbey and the Peterborough Chronicles by Dr Nicholas Karn
Tuesday 6th November The Barnack Beaker Burial by Dr Neil Wilkin
Tuesday 4th December Christmas Colours by Dr Stella Panayotova
Talk: King Aethelstan & the Making of England
Saturday 27th October 5.00pm
All Saints’ Church, Brixworth, Northants
Broadcaster and Professor of Public History Michael Wood will be giving a talk on King Aethelstan & the Making of England on Saturday 27th October. Organised by The Friends of All Saints’s Church with the University of Leicester’s Medieval Research Centre, all proceeds to Brixworth Church. Tickets are £10 and include tea from 3.30pm at the Brixworth Centre. Go to www.friendsofbrixworthchurch.org.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.
Saturday 27th October History Day
Northamptonshire and the Great War
A History Day organised by The Northamptonshire Family History Society and Northamptonshire Heritage Forum to be held in Northampton Central Library. Speakers include Dr Paul Stamper, Martin Matrix Evans, Jon-Paul Carr, David Parrish, John Kightley, Roger Frisby and Angela Malin. The day costs £20, includes lunch and a choice of guided tours, deadline 20th October, booking essential.
CBA EM Autumn Conference 2018
Saturday 27th October
Theme: Religion and Archaeology. Go to www.archaeologyuk.org/cbaem for more information.
CBA SM Autumn Conference 2018
Sunday 28th October
Theme: Buildings of the South Midlands. Go to www.archaeologyuk.org/cbasm 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.
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.
Thursday 8th November War Memorials by David Bond
NAS AGM & Public Lecture 2018
Tuesday 13th November
The Humfrey Rooms, Northampton Natural History Society, Castilian Terrace
Northamptonshire Archaeological Society are holding their AGM and public lecture on Tuesday 13th November. Dr Paul Stamper will be talking on Legacies of the First World War. FREE entry, all welcome. Doors open at 6.30pm, NAS AGM at 7.00pm, lecture starts at 7.20pm.
Meet an Archaeologist
Saturday 17th November 11.00am–3.00pm
Manor House Museum, Kettering
Meet real life archaeologists and find out what happens on a dig.
Higham Ferrers Sparkle 2018
Saturday 17th November
Town Centre, Higham Ferrers
More details to follow nearer the time.
Tuesday 27th November
One day event bring together researchers and information professionals.
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 at Abington Park Museum
Abington Park Museum, Northampton
Go to www.northampton.gov.uk/museumworkshops for more information.
Talks for 2018 SOLD OUT, book early for 2019
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 www.vivacity.org/heritage 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.
Runs until Saturday 12th January Local Treasures on loan from the British Museum
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.