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6th Annual Wellingborough Bus Rally

Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd April

Wellingborough Museum

FREE for all the family.

The Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust

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

24th April Thats Entertainment

25th September Operation Workforce

30th October A Decade on Film

27th November Aviation Night

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.

Friday 27th April Manor House Museum, Kettering

Friday 25th May Manor House Museum, Kettering

Friday 29th June Manor House Museum, Kettering

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 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 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

Tours of Abington Park Museum, Northampton

Guided tours of the historic Abington Park Museum. The tour will last for 45 minutes, 12.30pm or 2.00pm start time, £3.50 per person. Booking required, go to for more information.

Sunday 29th April

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 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

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.

Tuesday 1st May at 6.00pm In Search of the Medieval Outlaw

Wednesday 23rd May The 30 Years War

Tuesday 29th May The Riddle of Ancient Sparta

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 3rd May Curiosities by Graham Sutherland

Thursday 17th May Music and Memories

Thursday 7th June Life of John Clare

Thursday 21st June The POW Camp at Pattishall

Thursday 5th July The Suffragettes

Thursday 19th July Eleanor of Castille

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.

Saturday 5th – Monday 7th May Cavalcade of Transport

Sunday 17th June Fathers Day – What your Dad Drove

Saturday 23rd June Armed Forces Day

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th July Teddy Bears Picnic

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

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.

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 8th May Salvation Army

Tuesday 12th June History Of Pathfinder Force

Tuesday 10th July Mulgrave Manor

HiFARS committee meeting

Monday 14th May

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

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 May Mayan Civilisation & Archaitecture

Wednesday 20th June History of Banknotes

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.

Thursday 17th May AGM and The Jurassic Way

Saturday 23rd June Trip: Grafton Regis

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 18th May AGM and Boughton House

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 18th May 400 years of Gardening History

Wednesday 13th June Phoenicians, Master mariners

Wednesday 20th June English Parish Churches

Friday 17th August Hittites

Thursday 8th November The Gunpowder Plot

NFHS Conference

Saturday 19th May

Park Inn, Northampton

Northamptonshire Family History Society is holding a conference, £32.50 per person including lunch. Go to for more information and to book a place.

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 19th April St George’s Day Celebration

Thursday 17th May AGM

Thursday 21st June A Woman’s Place

Thursday 30th June Strawberry Cream Tea

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.

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Chichele College Garden Fair

Saturday 26th May

HiFARS will be having a stall at this annual event held in the beautiful grounds of Chichele College, Higham Ferrers.


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

Sunday 27th May Walk: Bedford’s Victorian Cemetery

Wednesday 6th June Bedford during WWII

Wednesday 12th September AGM and talk

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.

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.

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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Northamptonshire Heritage Forum

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

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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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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 4th June Witch Hunt – this exhibition looks at the political and social views which led to several hundred witch trials between 1500 and 1800.

Secret Gardens of Higham Ferrers

Sunday 17th June

Higham Ferrers residents will be opening up some of their gardens in Higham Ferrers.

Chalke Valley History Festival 2018

25th June – 1st July 2018

Chalke Valley, Wiltshire

Go to for more information.

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.

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 displays and Finds Identification, more details nearer the time.

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

Heritage Open Days 2018

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

Go to for more information.

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.

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HiFARS digging weekend


HiFARS will be excavating in the garden of a property in Higham Ferrers, this event is open to HiFARS members only. Members have been emailed with details but CONTACT the website if you need more information.

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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