Calendar

Jul
8
Wed
CANCELLED -Palace House Newmarket – Dr Steven Parissien @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 9 @ 9:15 pm

Dr Steven Parissien will talk about the Palace House, Newmarket. More details about the talk will be provided shortly

This will be a ticketed event, joint with the Huntingdonshire History Festival

Sep
16
Wed
Society AGM and Lecture (ZOOM) – ‘Mrs Cromwell’s Cookbook: Food, Dining and Politics in the 17th Century’ @ ZOOM Meeting
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Autumn Lectures by Zoom

 In view of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic and necessity of social distancing, we have decided to cancel normal meetings for the rest of 2020, with the possible exception of the Christmas Social on 4th December, about which a decision will be taken in October.  Ongoing we are also looking at what we do in Spring 2021. We shall however be providing from within our own committee’s members, in September, October and November, talks via Zoom.  If you haven’t experienced this before, it is very easy to sign up to.  You can choose to be visible to others if you have a camera on whatever appliance you are using (laptop/tablet/smartphone).   If you do have an email address but have never told us of it, now’s the time to make amends and do so.

As usual, all meetings commence at 7.30 p.m.

Wednesday 16th September Annual General Meeting.

This year we shall keep our business meeting to the necessary minimum.  A separate agenda is being sent with this newsletter. We continue to welcome new blood on the committee, so if you are interested in joining us, just get someone to nominate you. 

It will be followed by a talk:

Stuart Orme, Curator of the Cromwell Museum: ‘Mrs Cromwell’s Cookbook: Food, Dining and Politics in the 17th Century’

In 1664 The Court and Kitchen of Elizabeth, commonly called Joan Cromwell was published, purporting to be the cookery book of Oliver Cromwell’s wife as a piece of Royalist propaganda. Stuart’s talk looks at this curious publication and what it tells us about politics, fenland food and 17th-century dining, as well as the Cromwell family.

A new edition of the book will be published later his year, thanks to a Goodliff Award from the Society.

As usual these talks are open to non-members, who should email David Smith, info@huntslhs.org.uk requesting the link a few days before.

Sep
17
Thu
Society Excursion – Leighton Bromswold (CANCELLED) @ Leighton Bromswold
Sep 17 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Visit to Leighton Bromswold Church

The visit has been rearranged for Thursday 17th September, at 3.30 p.m.   Meet outside the church, 2 metres apart unless with a person is part of your household/social bubble. 

The visit is by kind arrangement with Hugh West of Leighton Bromswold, author of a new, Goodliff Award-supported, guide.  Hugh will be giving us a talk and showing us  round this ‘wonderful church’ (Pevsner), celebrated for its association with George Herbert and his friends the Ferrars of Little Gidding, but having much else of interest, both earlier and later in date. 

 

At completion of the visit and tour of the church we shall be having tea in the church.

We know that many members have been isolating during the pandemic and may be wary of coming, but consider that most of us have been doing the same and we shall take all sensible precautions, so the risk is very low.  Please bring with you a face mask and wear it whenever appropriate.  In order to ensure social distancing within the church we have to limit places to 15 members, so act quickly to book your place now by emailing David Smith info@huntslhs.org or phoning him on  01480-350127.  Deadline is Sunday 13th September.  There is a charge of £5.00.  Please bring this in cash on the day so it can go straight into an envelope

Our apologies to those who are at work and unable to join us.  We did not lightly change the timing of this from the original plan of an early evening visit followed by optional meal in the Green Man, but on this occasion and after a postponement to September it seemed best.

Oct
14
Wed
Society Lecture (Zoom Meeting): Dr Philip Saunders, ‘Maps and Machinery in the History of Fen Drainage’ @ Zoom Meeting
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Philip Saunders, former Principal Archivist, Cambridgeshire Archives & Local Studies:  Maps and Machinery in the History of Fen Drainage

 The fens are an area stretching across several counties.  They are unique in England for prompting a genre of cartographic artistry  akin to county maps.  But they also tell the truly heroic story of how technology has been applied to stem the floods and fulfil the agricultural potential of this fertile area.

Autumn Lectures by Zoom

In view of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic and necessity of social distancing, we have decided to cancel normal meetings for the rest of 2020, with the possible exception of the Christmas Social on 4th December, about which a decision will be taken in October.  Ongoing we are also looking at what we do in Spring 2021. We shall however be providing from within our own committee’s members, in September, October and November, talks via Zoom.  If you haven’t experienced this before, it is very easy to sign up to.  You have only to follow the link that we shall send all members a few days before the talk.  You can choose to be visible to others if you have a camera on whatever appliance you are using (laptop/tablet/smartphone).   If you do have an email address but have never told us of it, now’s the time to make amends and do so.

All meetings commence at 7.30 p.m.

As usual these talks are open to non-members, who should email David Smith, info@huntslhs.org.uk requesting the link a few days before.

 

Nov
11
Wed
Society Lecture (Zoom) – Liz Davies, Curator of the St Neots Museum Magic and Folk Medicine in Huntingdonshire @ Zoom Meeting
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday 11th November – Liz Davies, Curator of the St Neots Museum ‘Magic and Folk Medicine in Huntingdonshire’

What sort of alternative medicines did people use before the introduction of the National Health Service in 1948? And what sort of medicines and charms were available from local folk healers? This illustrated talk will include the extraordinary story of the St Neots antique dealer, herbal medicine maker and road sweeper, Alfred ‘Doc’ Rowlett.

 

As usual these talks are open to non-members, who should email David Smith, info@huntslhs.org.uk requesting the link a few days before.

Dec
9
Wed
Society Christmas Social – Musical Evening from Edison Bell @ Zoom Meeting Room
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This year the social restrictions imposed due to Covid19 mean we have to hold a virtual Christmas Social this year. Our Vice Chairman, David Cozens, will talk to us about the Edison Bell Company of Huntingdon and he promises to entertain us with a range of musical entertainment from his wide collection of historical 78rpm records and recordings. 

This is going to be an exciting look back at how we used to entertain ourselves with Festive music in the early 20th Century. I remember sitting down with my grandparents in their parlour with the wind up gramophone, listening to their collection of 78rpm records.

The details of how to access the Zoom Meeting will be published to all our members nearer the date. 

Look out for other virtual meetings in the New Year.