Calendar of events

Our calendar is compiled from press releases, e-mails and other sources, such as local history periodicals and personal contacts. If you would like to publicise a particular event or meeting, then please contact us and we will do our best to assist. At the end of each entry we indicate the locality where the activity is taking place, as an aid to browsing the calendar.

Calendar links. The following organisations maintain their own calendar or events sections with which we have links. If your organisation maintains a calendar or events section on the web and would like a direct link to this page, please contact us.

Archive Awareness Campaign
Avon Local History & Archaeology Events
Birmingham & District Local History Association
Cardiff, Butetown History & Arts Centre Exhibitions (this is not being updated at present, but is still a live link)
Cheshire Local History Association
Chiswick Pier Trust
English Heritage
Society of Genealogists
Hampshire Record Office
Heritage Open Days
Hertfordshire Heritage Events
The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
The National Trust have an online 'Events' search facility which you can use to find events near where you live or, perhaps, will be spending your holidays.
Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology
Temple Newsam house and Lotherton Hall, Leeds
London Metropolitan Archives
Nottinghamshire Local History Association (managed by Local History Online)
Society of Genealogists
Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology
The Wolds Historical Organisation (covering the villages of Wymeswold, Burton on the Wolds, Hoton, Prestwold and Cotes)

Huguenot Festival

The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival: Celebrating their Contribution 8 – 21 April. This event is sponsored by the Huguenot Society and the Spitalfields Trust. It is particularly celebrating the 250th anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Garthwaite [1690-1763], the textile designer, who lived at Princelet Street in Spitalfields and who worked closely with Huguenot silk weavers. This Festival takes the opportunity to celebrate the talents and contributions that the Huguenots made in Spitalfields and everywhere, in Britain and abroad, where they sought sanctuary after their expulsion from France by Louis XIV in 1686. More details from


Spotlight on Hoole 2 April – 29 June at Chester History and Heritage, St Michael’s Church, Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1NW. More details on 01244-972210 or chh@chesterwest Hoole is first mentioned in the Register of St Werburgh’s Abbey in 1119 and this display is supported by Hoole History and Heritage Society.

One for the Record 22 March – 23 June. This is part of the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service Centenary Celebration. It will be available at Wardown Park Museum in Luton during normal opening hours. It will relay the Record Office’s role in protecting documents from 12th Century parchment to the latest computer files. More information on 01234 228833.


Living like Royalty in Surrey and Beyond 23 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Arranged by Surrey Heritage and the Friends of Woking Palace at the Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking GU21 6ND. This will be a day of exciting talks which explore the Medieval and Tudor residences and lifestyles of the elite in an era of change. Speakers will include Professor Martin Biddle, Rob Poulton, Professor Nigel Saul and Eliza Wheaton. Tickets - £15.00 [including some refreshments]. Booking via Surrey History Centre on 01483-518737 or email

Day Schools

Poverty and Politics in Victorian and Edwardian England 3 April, 10.00am – 3.45pm. To be led by Richard Stone and Dr Trevor James at the Birmingham and Midland Institute [BMI], 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS. This day school will look at the New Poor Law, established by the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 and the late 19th Century Pioneers of Poverty Research, emphasising local experiences, and in the context of the politics and political responses of the time. £27.50. Enquiries to Philip Fisher at the BMI on 0121-2363591.

50 Years of E. P. Thompson’s ‘The Making of the English Working Class’. 13 April, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Day School jointly offered by the People’s History Museum and the Working Class Movement Library at the People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER. Further details will be available shortly at whats-on.


16 Avon Local History & Archaeology Day on the topic of Food. Historical accounts of the growing, the buying and selling, the preparation and the consumption of food. £12 or £9 for members of ALHA & affiliated groups, UWE, Students and Senior Citizens. Destination and time TBC. For more information visit

20 Chester: Its Canal and the Dee. Lecture by John Herson at the Chester Civic Trust, Grosvenor Museum, Chester. 7.30pm.

20 All Saints – the church that rose from the dead. Lecture by Dr Sean Lang at the Cambridge Branch of the Historical Association. Cambridge Central Library. 2.00pm. More details from Tricia Kellett on 01480-467259.

23 The West Runton Elephant. Lecture about a very famous local discovery by Professor Tony Stuart at the Martham Local History Group, Martham Village Hall, White Street, Martham, near Potter Heigham [A149], Norfolk. 7.30pm. £3.00. Enquiries on 01493-749775.

24 Peterborough before Development. Peterborough Local History Society talk. Tea, coffee and raffle. Reception room, Peterborough Town Hall. Matinee at 2pm and evening show at 7.30pm. Tickets £4.50 inc refreshments. More information on 01733 452336.

25 Pontcysllte Aqueduct. Lecture by Professor Barrie Trinder at the Chester Society for Landscape History, Grosvenor Museum, Chester. 7.30pm.

28 The Irish in 18th Century Bath: riot and religiosity. Lecture by Dr Martyn Powell [Aberystwyth University] at the Bath Branch of the Historical Association. Bath Society Meeting Room, Green Park Station. 7.30pm. More details from Mike Short on 01225-812945.


6 Launching the Wakefield Waterfront Project. The Chantry Chapel, Wakefield, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wakefield Historical Society are beginning research into the history of the Wakefield Waterfront with an exhibition and talk by John Goodchild.

9 The Campden Wonder of 1662: the murder and miraculous deliverance of William Harrison. Lecture by Professor Jackie Eales at the Isle of Wight Branch of the Historical Association. Riverside Centre, Newport. 7.35pm. More details from Terrence Blunden on 01983-524410. Parked cars need to be registered with reception to avoid clamping.

[This lecture is part of a Presidential Tour by the President of the Historical Association: she will also be delivering it at Winchester on 26 April – contact Eleanor Yates for details on 01962-852594 – and Durham on 21 May – contact June Palmer on 01325-301093]. 10 The Luddite disturbances of 1811–12. Lecture by Dr Katrina Navicka at the North London Branch of the Historical Association. Jubilee Hall, Parsonage Lane, Enfield. 8.00pm. More details from Robin Blades on 0208-3685328.

10 Down the Line: a Journey along the old Branch Railway from Waverton to Whitchurch. Lecture by Mark Bevan at the Malpas Field Club, Malpas High Street Church, Malpas, Cheshire, 7.45pm.

11 French Born, London Made: the Trades of the Huguenots. Lecture by Jim Gledhill [curator of social and working history, Museum of London] at the Bishopsgate Institute, London. 7.00pm. More details on or 0207-3929200.

15 Bedfordshire Scandals. Part of the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service Centenary Celebration, hosted by the Luton Historical Society at the John Dony Filed Centre, Luton. 7.30pm. Small admission charge. Contact 01582 546725.

16 How to Invade Britain [or not]: the French Invasion attempt of 1708. Lecture by Professor Daniel Szechi [Manchester University] at the Durham Branch of the Historical Association. St Giles Church Hall, St Giles Church, Gilesgate, Durham. 5.30pm for 6.00pm. More details from June Palmer on 01325-301093.

17 York Minster: ordeal by fire. Lecture by Dr Charles Brown at the Coventry and Mid-Warwickshire Branch of the Historical Association. Woodside Methodist Church, Woodside Avenue, Coventry CV3 6BE. 7.30pm. More details from Lyn Durward on 02476-679804.

17 Disappearing Spitalfield. Lecture by Dan Cruickshank, the architectural historian, at the Bishopsgate Institute, London. 7.30pm. More details on or 0207-3929200.

18 A Domesday village: Irnham and the Luttrell Psalter. Lecture by William Walford at the Northampton Branch of the Historical Association, Park Campus, University of Northampton, Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AL. 7.30pm. More details from Dr Zoe Dyndor on 07704786798.

27 By the Sword Divided: the D’Ewes and the English Civil War. Lecture by John Sutton at the Suffolk Branch of the Historical Association, Munton and Fison Room, Stowmarket Community Centre, Hillside, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 2BD. 2.30pm. Visitors £3.00. More details from Dr Graham Platts on 01473-724456.

27 U3A Family History Workshop at Buxton, Derbyshire. Themes include – Breaking Down Brick Walls; Military Museum Archives; Hatch, Match and Dispatch Customs; and Probate and Wills. £20.00. Further details from Ian Taylor on Last date for booking is 6 April.

29 The Medieval Parks of Derbyshire. Lecture by Mary Wiltshire at the Chester Society for Landscape History, Grosvenor Museum, Chester. 7.30pm.


4 Gloucester Family History Society Open Day. Gloucester Rugby Club. 10.00am – 4.00pm.

6 Notable recent finds in Lincolnshire. Presentation by Adam Daubney, Finds Liaison Officer, Lincolnshire, Portable Antiquities Scheme at the Lincolnshire Branch of the Historical Association, Little Hale Methodist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Little Hale, Lincolnshire. 4.00pm. More details from Alf Wilkinson on 01529-460553.

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