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 17th October Slavery – Links with Emberton Andy McGrandle
Tuesday 21st November The Buckingham Canal Athina Beckett
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 18th October And the Trumpets Shall Sound
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 19th October History of Brewing in Wellingborough
Thursday 16th November Butler to Royalty
Thursday 18th January Wellingborough Now & Then
Thursday 15th February History of Wellingborough School
Thursday 15th March History of Agriculture in Wellingborough
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
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 19th October Margaret Beaufort
Thursday 19th November Discoveries from Bedford’s Northern Bypass
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 20th October The Parks of Kettering North End
Friday 8th November The Great War: Magic Lantern Slides
Friday 10th December Dad’s Army
Art history lecture series
Friday 13th October – Friday 17th November
Abington Park Museum
A series of history lectures around The English Country House and the art that defines it. Go to www.northampton.gov.uk for more information.
Friday 20th October Communicating Status
Friday 3rd November Notable Exteriors
Friday 10th November Downstairs in the New Upstairs
Friday 17th November Ruinous Travels
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 20th October Horrible Halloween Histories by Steve Dimmer
Friday 17th November Conscientious Objectors
Friday 15th December History of Weatherbys
Friday 19th January Victorian Institutions
Friday 16th February Amy, Wonderful Amy
Friday 16th March Mediaeval Medicine
Friday 20th April US Civil War Music
Friday 18th May AGM and Boughton House
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 list below and go to www.kettering.gov.uk/museums for more information.
Saturday 21st October – Saturday 13th January Kettering Co-operatives – Personal stories and donated objects celebrating the story of the local Co-op movement.
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 21st and Sunday 22nd October 1940s weekend
Saturday 28th October Halloween Specials
Wellingborough Museum half term activities
Wellingborough Museum, Dulleys Bath
Family fun at the Museum, see Facebook for more details.
Monday 23rd October at 11.00am FREE Guided Walk around the Zoo
Wednesday 25th October FREE archery with he Bifrost Guard re-enactors
Thursday 26th October FREE Tudor Day
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 24th October Nelson in Naples
Tuesday 28th November Margaret Badley – Lady Margaret Beaufort
Tuesday 5th December Art and Life in Santa Fe
Wednesday 10th January Ancient Woodlands
Tuesday 16th January Jan Wyck
Tuesday 20th February The Fry Art Gallery
Tuesday 27th March John Armstrong
Tuesday 10th April Roger Fry & Virginia Woolf
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.
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 25th October Shopping in Georgian Bedford
Wednesday 8th November Land Ownership in Sharnbrook
Wednesday 22nd November A guided visit to the Higgins Museum, Bedford
Wednesday 6th December Bedford’s Architectural Heritage
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.
Thursday 26th October at 6.00pm How to Spot a Roman Emperor by Prof Mary Beard
Wednesday 1st November at 6.00pm Martin Luther and his Crusade against the Pope
Wednesday 8th November at 6.00pm Lenin and the Russian Revolution
Wednesday 17th January at 6.00pm London Merchants and their Residences
Tuesday 5th February at 6.00pm Votes for Women: A Centenary Celebration
Tuesday 13th March at 6.00pm Architecture and the Edwardian Era
Tuesday 1st May at 6.00pm In Search of the Medieval Outlaw
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.
26th October Medieval Gardens
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.
Thursday 26th October AGM and Henry III by Matthew Lewis
Thursday 30th November Medieval Field Systems in Northants Prof Stephen Upex
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.
Friday 27th October at 11.00am and 2.00pm
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 27th October Higham Ferrers, The War Walk Geoff Moore
Friday 24th November Another Icarus, Percy Pilcher Roy Smart
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 October 1.30pm – 4.00pm Manor House Museum, Kettering
Saturday 28th October SOLD OUT
Finedon Dolben Cricket Ground
Northamptonshire Heritage Forum and Finedon Local History Society host the History Day for 2017. A full day of talks by Malcolm Peet, Ron Clayton, Michael Britton and Francis Terry along with a guided tour. HiFARS will also be hosting a stall there. Go to www.northamptonshireheritageforum.co.uk and www.finedonlocalhistorysociety.co.uk for more information.
HiFARS AGM 2017 and Talk
Saturday 28th October – AGM starts at 7.00pm, talk starts at 7.15pm
Bede House, St Mary’s Churchyard, Higham Ferrers
The talk at the HiFARS 2017 AGM will be The First Home Front: England’s WWI Heritage by archaeologist Dr Paul Stamper. The illustrated talk will take a look at the remains from the infrastructure created at the time to support the war effort in England – armaments factories, coastal defences, airfields and POW camps. £2 for HiFARS members, £3 non-members, free refreshments.
Sunday 29th October
The Lord Robert’s Regiment of Foote re-enactors will be at Chester Farm on Sunday 29th October. Go to www.chesterfarm.co.uk for more information.
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 October AGM
Monday 27th November History with a Smile on its Face Tony Boullemeir
Peterborough Museum Society Lecture Programme
A programme of lectures held at Peterborough Museum at 7.30pm. Go to www.vivacity-peterborough.com for more information.
Tuesday 31st October 1,000 Years of Orton Longueville
Tuesday 14th November The Roof of Burghley House
Tuesday 28th November Collecting Antique Clocks
Tuesday 12th December A Musical Ride
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.
Thursday 2nd November An Illustrated History of Wellingborough
Friday 10th November The Fall of the Ottoman Empire
Saturday 25th November The Great Queens of Egypt
Friday 19th January Minoans and Mycenaens
Friday 19th January Achaeans in Anatolia
Saturday 4th November noon – 4.00pm
Abington Park Museum, Northampton
FREE event – collection displays and favourite objects.
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 www.rothwellholytrinity.org.uk for more information about opening times, prices and to confirm visit before travelling.
CBA SM Archaeological Review
Sunday 5th November
Kirtlington Village Hall, Oxfordshire
A review of recent fieldwork across the South Midlands by the Council for British Archaeology. Go to www.archaeologyuk.org/cbasm for more information.
CBA AGM and De Cardi Lecture 2017
Monday 6th November
The Council for British Archaeology Annual General Meeting and De Cardi Lecture will be held in London on 6th November. Go to www.archaeologyuk.org for more information.
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 8th November Conservation
Wednesday 13th December Bedford Libraries
Wednesday 10th January RAE Bedford
Wednesday 14th February Maps
Wednesday 14th March Chicksands Priory
Walks and Talks at the Higgins, Bedford
The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane
A series of history walks and talks. Go to www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk for more information and to book a place.
Thursday 9th November Bedford Town Amble
Thursday 11th January What, where and When
Thursday 8th February Who made the Higgins Part 1
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 www.oundlehistoricalsociety.org.uk for more information. Visitors welcome, £2.
Friday 10th November Peasants, Science and Farming in Medieval Elton
Friday 12th January Oundle on Film
Friday 9th March AGM
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 12th November Northampton Curiosities
Thursday 16th November Squires and Spires of Northamptonshire
Thursday 30th November The History of Toys
Thursday 14th December A Medieval Christmas
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 14th November 7.30pm Railways
NAS AGM and Public Lecture
Tuesday 14th November AGM at 7.00pm and Talkat 7.20pm
The Humfrey Rooms, NNHS, 10 Castilian Terrace, Northampton
Northamptonshire Archaeological Society are holding their AGM and Public lecture on the evening of Tuesday 14th November. Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, Senior Lecturer in Human Osteology at University of Sheffield will be talking on The Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project. Tea and coffee from 6.30pm, NAS AGM at 7.00pm and talks starts at 7.20pm.
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 15th November Committee meeting
HiFARS committee meeting
Wednesday 15th November
If any HiFARS member has an item to raise with the committee please go to the CONTACT page.
Higham Ferrers Sparkle
Saturday 18th November
More details nearer the time.
HiFARS visit: Rushden Hall
Wednesday 22nd November
An evening guided tour around Rushden Hall, more details nearer the time.
CBA EM Archaeological Review
Sunday 26th November
Oakham School, Rutland
A review of recent fieldwork across the East Midlands by the Council for British Archaeology. Go to www.archaeologyuk.org/cbaem for more information.
HiFARS Christmas Lecture 2017
Sunday 10th December
More details nearer the time.
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.
Archaeology courses in Northamptonshire
There are 2 new archaeology courses available in the county starting in September 2017 and January 2018. Go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/adultlearning for more information.
Monday 8th January Archaeology of Medieval Britain in Sywell
Thursday 11th January Archaeology – A Beginners Guide in Northampton
Exhibition: Scythians – Warriors of ancient Siberia
Runs until 14th January 2018
British Museum, London
Major exhibition explores the story of the Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, who flourished between 900 and 200BC. Go to www.britishmuseum.org for more information.
Another look back at Northamptonshire
Saturday 20th January 1.30–3.30
Abington Park Museum
A selection of archive footage of Northamptonshire. Go to www.northampton.gov.uk for more information.
HiFARS Finds evening
Thursday 25th January
The first finds evening will be held on 25th January, more details nearer the time. Bring your recent finds and objects of interest along.
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.
new dates for 2017 to be confirmed
Heritage Open Days 2018
More details nearer the time.