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Answers to Quiz in Summer Almanack Supplement

Here are the answers to the Quiz ‘Who Might Use These’ that were in the Summer Almanack Supplement.
 
 
CONFECTIONER’S HAMMER 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 
 

Farewell to our President Dr Simon Thurley

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)

 

Pathfinder Museum visit CANCELLED

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.

2019 January – Almanack Newsletter

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

2018 Goodliff Awards

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