This year we are pleased to announce that we will be returning to Kent to visit some of the historic houses and building in the northern part of the County. For those who were lucky enough to join us for our tour of the Castles of Kent in 2016 will remember the outstanding visits to Leeds Castle, Penshurst, Dover Castle, Walmer Castle, Lullingstone Roman Villa, Igntham Mote and Hever Castle.
This year our weekend is filled with visiting some of the other areas of this County:
Day 1: Darwins House and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
Day 2: Scotney Castle and Maidston Museum
Day 3: Smallhythe, Ellen Terry’s house and kitchen garden, Church of St Thomas a Becket, Capel
Day 4: Chartwell, home of Winston Churchill, visit to the house and gardens followed by a cream tea before heading back to Hutingdon in the afternoon.
For a printable copy of the itinerary for this years visit to Kent please click [here].
Here are the answers to the Quiz ‘Who Might Use These’ that were in the Summer Almanack Supplement.
for breaking up toffee brittle.
HATTER’S MEASURE for determining the size of a gentleman’s hat.
STAIRS CARPET FIXING – In Victorian time the carpet covering stairs was held in place by brass rods, each rod was secured to the stair with a pair of these eyes.
Look out for our next quiz in the new edition of the Almanack Supplement
On the evening of 19 September 2019, over 30 members and friends joined our Chairman, Dr Philip Saunders, at Island Hall Godmanchester to bid a fond farewell and heartfelt thank you to our retiring President Dr Simon Thurley.
Dr Thurley, who became our President in 2003, is a local Godmanchester boy who has had a successful career as an Academic and Architectural Historian. Former Director of the Museum of London and Chief Executive of English Heritage and an accomplished author of a number of books on English Palaces and the buildings of England.
Throughout his tenure as President of the Society, Dr Thurley, gave over 18 addresses and talks on such subjects as ‘The Englishness of England’s Heritage’, ‘Hampton Court, a Secret History’, ‘The English Royal Court during the Civil Wars’, ‘The Invention of Heritage: How the Government fabricated our History 1930-1950’, and more recently ‘The King, the Actress and the Cardinal: the birth of London’s West End’, and ‘Heritage and Housing’ (the changing face of housing development)
The 2019 Summer Almanack Supplement issued, see the Publications Tab for more details or click on the picture the left to read/download a copy
HUNTINGDONDONSHIRE LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY – VISIT TO RAF WYTON PATHFINDER MUSEUM CANCELLED
It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that the planned visit to the RAF Wyton Pathfinders Museum which was to be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th July has been cancelled.
The Museum is putting on a small display of some of their artefacts on Saturday 13 July in All Saints Church Huntingdon. Whilst this is not a full display of all the Museum’s artefacts, they will be showing a number of the instruments and equipment from some of the Pathfinder aircraft that operated from RAF Wyton and other pathfinder bases in this region.
For a copy of the Summer 2018 Almanack click on the picture of the Almanack below. Please click on BOOKINGFORM for a copy of the excursions booking form.
The Note for Applicants wanting to submit an application for a Goodliff Award have been updated. Please see Goodliff Awards pages for further details
2019 introduces an extra newsletter that our secretary Mike Dudley has produced. The supplemental Almanack is a personal initiative by Mike to improve communication across the society and also to be an advertisement for our activities beyond. To read or download a copy please click [here].
Please give us feedback on what you think about it. As usual, printed copies will be available at the meeting, so if printing one is difficult, do remember to pick one up, or to do so for some friend who might be interested in the society’s meetings.
Remember too, that back issues of the Almanack including that for Autumn giving details of meetings until May can always be found in the Publications tab
The 2018 Goodliff Awards were presented on 15th November 2018 to recipients at a reception in the Assembly Room of Huntingdon Town Hall. For details click on the picture below:
2018 Goodliff Award Recipients