Report from the 2016 Annual Symposium: “Hertfordshire at War through the Centuries”

Battle of Barnet

Battle of Barnet 14th April 1471

Saturday 12th November dawned grey and exceedingly wet, challenging conditions for the designated drivers who transported the H.H.S. “Stalwart Seven” delegates down to Barnet for the Herts Association For Local History’s Symposium. Thank you, Phil Rowe and Stephen Bradford-Best! As usual, Vicki Lockyer was to run the Society Publications Stall.

Once arrived and fortified with coffee, our spirits rapidly improved and we were delivered a programme of exceptional interest. “At War” encompassed “The Battle of Barnet” (exactly WHERE was it fought?), “The War of the Roses” (including TWO Battles of St. Albans), and “Hertfordshire and the English Civil War”.

Following lunch, we had the opportunity to visit either Barnet’s Museum or their Parish Church before settling down to a couple of fascinating glimpses of twentieth century Hertfordshire.  Wonderful photographs of “The Home Front in World War 1” were followed by “The Story of the De Havilland Aircraft Company at Salisbury Hall”.   With luck, at least one of these truly excellent talks could be on the Society Calendar in the future (our Programme Secretary, David Howlett, was spotted exchanging email addresses with speakers).

Personally, I will never view a trip to St Albans in the same light again. Murder and Mayhem!

Next November the Symposium will take place in Hitchin, an excellent opportunity for Society Members to enjoy a Historical Day Out. Highly recommended!

P.H.