Talks are held on the fourth Thursday of each month (except June, July and August) starting at 8pm in Church House, Churchyard, Hitchin. A guest speaker talks, usually with illustrations, on an aspect of local history. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, light refreshments follow the talk, and you will be made warmly welcome. Members free, visitors £2.

Date  2019 Details
24 January The History of Hertfordshire’s Police – with Andy Wiseman from Hertfordshire Constabulary Historical Society
28 February Hertfordshire in the Wars of the Roses – with Hugh Bicheno, author of books on the wars between Lancaster and York
28 March AGM and Members evening – the AGM will include an update on current projects
25 April Orchards East: The economic, social and cultural history of Hertfordshire fruit growers. An illustrated talk by Tom Williamson, Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia
23 May Hertfordshire’s Vernacular Architecture – with Dr Lee Prosser, curator of historic buildings at Historic Royal Palaces
26 September In Search of Clofesho: an aspect of Hitchin’s Saxon history, with Clifford Offer, author of King Offa in Hitchin
24 October The Battle for Female Suffrage: Mary Augusta Ward and Lady Constance Georgina Bulwer-Lytton – by Elizabeth Eastwood
28 November Old Hitchin on Film: another selection – compiled and presented by Sam Hallas and Tim Ray

Special Meetings 2019

Starting times and venues vary. A charge applies to these events.

Date Time Details
Wednesday 3 July  8pm The Scilla Douglas Lecture*‘The Great Scheme’: the early history of Girton College in Hitchin and Cambridge 1869-1900. Dr Hazel Mills, College Historian, Girton College Cambridge, explores the College’s early years to mark its 150th Anniversary of foundation at Benslow House in Hitchin. At the Richard Whitmore Studio, QMT, Walsworth Road, £5.00. Details in the Hitchin Festival Programme
Saturday 13 July  10pm – 4pm Hitchin Historical Society History Day – at Church House, admission free
Wednesday 17 July 8pm The Miss Lewis Lecture* – Henry Wellcome and his life as a pharmacist, given by Ross MacFarlane, Research Development Specialist (Modern) at the Wellcome CollectionDetails in the Hitchin Festival Programme
Friday 6 December 7.30pm Christmas Event* – Details provided nearer the time

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