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 11th December Christmas Entertainment
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.
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 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 14th December History of the Music Hall
‘Friends’ Lunchtime Lectures
Peterborough Museum, 12.15–2.00pm, £4 members and £5 visitors. Go to www.vivacity.org/heritage 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 www.kettering.gov.uk/museums 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 www.kettering.gov.uk 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 www.wellingboroughcivicsociety.org.uk 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
A series of talks at Peterborough Museum, £3 per person, go to www.vivacity-peterborough.com 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 www.highamchichelesociety.org.uk 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 www.kettering.gov.uk and thehigginsbedford.org.uk 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 www.kettering.gov.uk 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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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
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 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 www.northamptonshireheritageforum.co.uk 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 www.bl.uk for more information.
Northampton Battlefields Society
The Northampton Battlefields Society was formed to promote and preserve the Battlefields Heritage of Northampton. Go to www.northantsbattles.com 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 www.thenorthamptonshirefilmarchivetrust.co.uk and www.wellingboroughmuseum.co.uk 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 www.rothwellholytrinity.org.uk for more information about opening times, prices and to confirm visit before travelling.
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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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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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.
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.
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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.
2019 dates to be announced
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.