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 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
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.
Tuesday 22nd May Woburn Abbey Park
Tuesday 5th June Repton’s View of Finedon Hall
Wednesday 20th June Dovecote Farm, Upper Heyford
Saturday 30th June The Gardens Trust Family Picnic, Wicksteed Park
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 www.gresham.ac.uk for more information and a full programme of talks.
Wednesday 23rd May The 30 Years War
Tuesday 29th May The Riddle of Ancient Sparta
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 25th May Royal Mistresses by Roger Powell
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 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 www.highamchichelesociety.org.uk for more information.
Friday 25th May Dancing with Diana
Friday 29th June Quacks and Charlatans
Friday 27th July Northamptonshire Miscellany
29th September More than a Name on a War Memorial
Friday 26th October David Livingston
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.
HiFARS committee meeting
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 www.baalhs.org.uk 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 www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk 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 www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk for more information. Young Archaeologists’ Club affiliated branch.
Northamptonshire Heritage Forum
The NH Forum support heritage in the county, HiFARS are a member. Go to www.northamptonshireheritageforum.co.uk for more information.
Wednesday 30th May Dinner and Lecture: Death in the Garden
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 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
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 4th June Witch Hunt – this exhibition looks at the political and social views which led to several hundred witch trials between 1500 and 1800.
Summer Lecture Series
Coach House Learning & Activity Centre, Kelmarsh Hall
Inaugural evening Summer Lecture series at Kelmarsh Hall, go to www.kelmarsh.com for more information.
Tuesday 5th June Moat to Motorsport
Tuesday 12th June The Georgian Militia
Tuesday 19th June MacDonald Gill
Tuesday 26th June An Extraordinary Life
Tuesday 3rd July Country House Technologies
Tuesday 10th July Pauper lunacy, charity and Victorian Asylum
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 www.northampton.gov.uk/museumworkshops for more information.
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
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 12th June History Of Pathfinder Force
Tuesday 10th July Mulgrave Manor
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 13th June Phoenicians, Master mariners
Wednesday 20th June English Parish Churches
Friday 17th August Hittites
Thursday 8th November The Gunpowder Plot
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 15th June Bernard Vann VC
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
Peterborough Heritage Festival 2018
Saturday 16th–17th June
Peterborough City Centre
The UK’s largest multi-period city centre living history festival, go to www.vivacity.org for more information.
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.
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
Secret Gardens of Higham Ferrers
Sunday 17th June
Higham Ferrers residents will be opening up some of their gardens in Higham Ferrers.
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 20th June History of Banknotes
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.
Thursday 21st June A Woman’s Place
Thursday 30th June Strawberry Cream Tea
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.
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
Chalke Valley History Festival 2018
25th June – 1st July 2018
Chalke Valley, Wiltshire
Go to www.cvhf.org.uk 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
Middle Nene Archaeological Group
MidNAG hold meetings and talks at Oundle Methodist Church, Drumming Well Lane, Oundle, usually starting at 7.30pm. Go to www.midnag.org.uk for more information. Visitors welcome, £2.
Friday 18th August – 1st September Summer excavation at Nassington
Heritage Open Days 2018
Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th September
Go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk for more information.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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 www.iphs.org.uk for more information.
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