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HiFARS committee meeting

Monday 18th February

If any HiFARS member has an item to raise with the committee please go to the CONTACT page. The committee are looking to recruit a Treasurer, please email if interested.

Treasure Talks

A series of talks at Peterborough Museum, £3 per person, go to for more information.

Tuesday 19th February 7.30pm Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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 for the full programme.

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 for more information. Young Archaeologists’ Club affiliated branch, go to for more information about the Young Archaeologist Club.

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 for 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.

Wednesday 20th February Poor Law & the Workhouse

Wednesday 6th March Pandemic!

Wednesday 20th March Stonehenge and its builders

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 20th February Boughton House by Charles Lister

JORVIK Viking Festival 2019

Wednesday 20th – Wednesday 27th February

Various locations in York including the JORVIK Viking Centre

The 35th Viking Festival – Viking encampment, family archaeology events, talks, battle workshops, story-telling, music, food, best beard competition and much more. Go to for more information.

Lunchtime Lectures at Peterborough Museum

Monthly lunchtime talks 12.15–2.00pm at Peterborough Museum, go to for more information and tickets.

Thursday 21st February The Pound in Your Pocket

Thursday 21st March Harold – the last Saxon King

Thursday 29th June The Life and Loves of Charles II

Thursday 18th July Homewood Hall

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 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

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 for more information.

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 and for more information.

Friday 22nd February 1.30pm–4.00pm Manor House Museum, Kettering

Wednesday 27th March 1.00pm–3.00pm The Higgins, Bedford

Archery with the Bifrost Guard

Saturday 23rd February

Wellingborough Museum

The Viking re-enactment group the Bifrost Guard are back at the museum for a FREE family event, more details available from the museum Facebook page and newsletter.

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 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 Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust

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

Tuesday 26th February 7.30pm

Tuesday 26th March 7.30pm From Start to Finish

Tuesday 30th April 7.30pm 1935–1945

ISE dig

The Ise Archaeology Group host a programme of talks at St Andrews Church Rooms, Kettering, go to and Facebook for more information.

Wednesday 27th February Bodies, Bones and Burials Vickie Score, Leicester University

Wednesday 27th March Spinning & Weaving in the Viking Era by Julie Mason

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.

Thursday 28th February 1469 That turbulent year

Thursday 28th March King Richard III

Thursday 25th April The SOE and Northamptonshire

Thursday 30th May The Battle of Towton

Thursday 27th June The Organisation of a late Medieval Army

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 1st March Great Kings of Bronze

Friday 8th March St Pancras and his Station

Thursday 11th April History of Bridges in Britain

Friday 3rd May France in the 19th Century

Thursday 16th May The Viking Factor

Thursday 23rd May The Great Fire of Northampton

Friday 9th August Discover Abbeys and Priories of England and Wales

MidNAG talks

The Middle Nene Archaeology Group hold lectures in the Oundle Methodist Church in Drumming Lane, Oundle starting at 7.30pm, small charge for non members. Go to for more information.

Friday 1st March The History and Heritage of Thorney.

Friday 15th March The Archaeology of the Oundle area.

Friday 3rd May AGM 7.00pm and The Archaeology of the A14.

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 12th March Cowper & Newton Society

Tuesday 9th April Life and Times of a Ship’s Pilot

Tuesday 14th May An Icon of the Sky: The Spitfire and its People

Tuesday 11th June The Battle of Naseby


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

Wednesday 13th March Why Do Churches Have Towers

Northamptonshire Heritage Forum

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

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

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 15th March Country Life by Roger Drage

Friday 26th April Daring Mr Dahl by Steve Dimmer

Friday 17th May AGM and Radio Days by Kevin Varty

Friday 21st June Life in the WRENs by Ellie Patrick

Friday 19th July To the Manor Born by Derek Blunt

Friday 20th September Life of the Isham Family/Lamport by Sarah Fisher

Friday 18th October Northants Suffragettes by John Buckell

Volunteers in Archaeology: a Celebration

Sunday 17th March 10.00am–5.00pm

Village Hall, Chapel Lane, Hackleton, Northampton NN7 2AH

The Upper Nene Archaeological Society is hosting a day-long conference of talks celebrating Archaeology Volunteers and 40 years of excavation at Piddington Roman Villa. £20 for UNAS members and £25 for non members, lunch is included. Go to for information and to print out a booking form.

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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NVAT Spring Conference: Your Roman Past

Saturday 30th March 9.00am–5.00pm

Castor CP School, Stocks Hill, Castor, Peterborough

The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust is holding a one day conference in Castor entitled Your Roman Past. The guest speakers are Geoffrey Dannell, Chris Evans, John Peter Wild, Ralph Jackson, Stephen Upex and William Burke. Go to for tickets which are £25 including lunch. Go to 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 for more information about event and train times.

Saturday 30th March German Bier Festival

Saturday 6 – Sunday 7th April Radio Control Weekend

Sunday 21st April Easter Craft Fair

Monday 27th May Motorbike Rally

Sunday 16th June Fathers Day Car Rally

Saturday 22nd June Armed Forces Day

CBA SM Spring Conference

Saturday 6th April

Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire

More details nearer the time.

CBA EM Spring Conference

Sunday 14th April

Matlock, Derbyshire

More details nearer the time.

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.

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CBA Festival of Archaeology 2019

Saturday 13th – Sunday 28th July

Organised by The Council for British Archaeology the Festival of Archaeology is back for 2019 after a year off. There will be events nationwide, go to for more information.

HiFARS Archaeology Allsorts 2019

Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th July

More details will follow nearer the time.

Heritage Family Fun Day

Sunday 15th September

Rushden Lakes

More information nearer the time

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.

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.


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.

2019 dates to be announced 

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.