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Summer Lecture Series

Coach House Learning & Activity Centre, Kelmarsh Hall

Inaugural evening Summer Lecture series at Kelmarsh Hall, go to 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 for more information.

Thursday 19th July Eleanor of Castille

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 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

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 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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 for more information.

Heritage Open Days 2018

Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th September

Go to 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 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

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 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 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 nearer the time for 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 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.

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

Southwell, Notts

Theme: Religion and Archaeology. Go to for more information.

CBA AGM and annual Archaeology Day

Friday 30th November

University of York Department of Archaeology

Go to 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 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 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 for 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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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.

Northamptonshire Garden Trust Talks

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

next date to be announced

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

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.

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.

next date to be announced