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.
|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.
|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 Collection. Details in the Hitchin Festival Programme|
|Friday 6 December||7.30pm||Christmas Event* – Details provided nearer the time|