Calendar

Nov
28
Wed
Cromwell Lecture Series 2018 – Portraits of the English Civil War @ Huntingdon Town HAll
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

We have a set of lectures coming up at the end of November/beginning of December, with some top class speakers.

If you would like to book for all three talks, you can book a discounted ‘season ticket’ for all three at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-cromwell-lecture-series-2018-tickets-51148951892

The second talk (on 28 November) is on ‘Portraits of the English Civil War’ by Art Historian and author Angus Haldane, based on his recent book. Details and bookings for this talk alone are at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portraits-of-the-english-civil-war-a-talk-by-angus-haldane-tickets-51147711181

Tickets are also available from the front desk at the Cromwell Museum.

 

Dec
4
Tue
Peterborough Museum – Christmas Colours @ Peterborough Museum
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

4th December 2018 7.30pm
Christmas Colours: identifying the pigments in illuminated manuscripts

This talk focuses on the original pigments used in illuminated medieval manuscripts (including the Peterborough Psalter held at the Fitzwillliam Museum ). Discussion is based on the results from non-invasive analysis carried out by The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge since 2012.

Dr. Stella Panayotova, Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Dec
5
Wed
Cromwell Lecture Series 2018 – Oliver Cromwell: Myth and Reality @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

We have a set of lectures coming up at the end of November/beginning of December, with some top class speakers. 

If you would like to book for all three talks, you can book a discounted ‘season ticket’ for all three at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-cromwell-lecture-series-2018-tickets-51148951892

The final talk (on 5 December) is ‘Oliver Cromwell: Myth and Reality’ by Professor John Morrill, who many of you will know of. Details and bookings for this talk alone are at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oliver-cromwell-myth-and-reality-a-talk-by-professor-john-morrill-tickets-51145209699

Tickets are also available from the front desk at the Cromwell Museum.

Dec
13
Thu
Society Christmas Social 2018- A Tudor Evening with Hexacordia @ Assembly Rooms, Huntingdon Town Hall
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Christmas Social Evening—A Tudor Christmas

This year our Christmas gathering will have a Tudor theme, with entertainment from the accomplished early music group Hexacordia. for more information visit their website http://www.hexachordia.com

We have this year the highly-talented early music group Hexachordia to provide us with ‘A Tudor Christmas’ programme.  There are naturally costs in that and we are making the effort to widen invitations through other local history societies.  We expect therefore that the social to be well attended.  If you want to come therefore please send David Smith your reply slips from the Almanack or from attached leaflet with cheques now.  Do not rely on coming without booking on the night.  I would not want any member to miss out because we are booked up.  The charge for members is £8, for non-members £10.
 

To book contact David Smith through our contacts page

 

Jan
9
Wed
Society Lecture – Stories from Needingworth Mapping @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Peter Cooper – Stories from Needingworth Mapping

Peter began developing an interactive mapping system two years ago that provides users with a multilayer view and a multi-time view of the mapped area. He began his work building up information for his ‘One Place Study’ of Holywell-cum-Needingworth overlaying land maps, 1800 enclosure maps, estate maps, OS maps, land valuation documents, Bartholomew and other historic maps and census information.

Peter is a recipient of a 2018 Goodliff Award and will talk about what he has discovered as part of his research and will demonstrate his interactive mapping system and how this will be able to support local history and family studies.  

Feb
13
Wed
Society Lecture – Windows into a Tribal World: Iron Age Coins @ Methodist Church, Huntingdon
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Windows into a Tribal World: Iron Age Coins – Dr Rodney Scarle

BelgaeRodney is a member of the Longstanton and District Heritage Iceni Gold Stater Norfolk Wolf 65-45BCSociety, whose interest in early coinage and what they can tell us about the people who used them was stimulated by his interest in local archaeology.

Over time he has built up quite an interesting and varied collection of coins and considerable expertise in them. In 2012/13 Rodney assisted with the examination and identification of over 30 Iron Age and Roman coins found during excavations at Wimpole Hall. Also, in 2015 he was actively involved with the digging of community test pits at Longstanton when they found lots of pottery and coins. 

Feb
19
Tue
Peterborough Museum – Fantastic Beasts @ Peterborough Museum
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

19 Feb 2019 7.30pm*
Fantastic Beasts and where to find them

Find out more about the Bonicon, a medieval beast found at Longthorpe Tower, Castor church and the Peterborough Besitary. This talk focuses on the Romanesque capitals of St Kyneburgha church, Castor and the local landscape in medieval times.

Dr Susan E Kilby, Medieval Historian, University of Leicester

Mar
13
Wed
Society Lecture – The Changing Fields of Huntingdonshire @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Mar 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Changing Fields of Huntingdonshire – William Franklin

If you have wondered about the shape and structure of field boundaries, how they were formed, when they were laid out and by whom, and how this was influenced by the then owner of the land, the King, Church, Lord or State. Then come along to the Methodist Church on Wednesday 13th March and get to know about the intricate and often bizarre shape of our field boundaries.

The speaker tonight is William Franklin, whose most recent book, “An Agricultural History of Ely” was given an award by the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History (CALH). This is, however, only part of his broader investigation across the county into the development of fields from antiquity to the age of parliamentary inclosure. 

Mar
30
Sat
Your Roman Past – Nene Valley Archaeology @ Castor CP School
Mar 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Your Roman Past – Saturday 30th March 9AM to 5PM – Castor CP School

The Nene Valley area is literally covered with Roman forts and occupation following the main arterial road Ermine Street. Perhaps the most well known site is just to the north of Peterborough close by Water Newton just off the current A1. The Roman Town of Durobrivae and the Roman fort adjacent to the town protecting the crossing of the river Nene.

Come along to this exciting day of exploration of our Roman history and listen to the guest speakers, Geoffrey Dannell, Chris Evans, John Peter Wild, Ralph Jackson, Stephen Upex and William Burke, talk about the influence of Roman occupation in the Nene Valley.

Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite, cost £25 including lunch. Student concession £20

 

Apr
10
Wed
Societ Lecture – The Curious History of Labyrinths and Mazes @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Curious History of Labyrinths and Mazes – Julie Boundford

Following a book on Heffers, the Cambridgeshire bookseller, Julie was commissioned to write one on Mazes and Labyrinths. From prehistoric times mazes and labyrinths have served as different symbolic, ritualistic and practical purposes. She will tell us about her discoveries, local and further afield.

We have our own mystical labyrinth at Hilton, which the Society visited in 2016 

 

 

 

 

The symbolic meaning of labyrinth is often associated with the various symbolic meanings of the spiral in that we can trace our footsteps (both metaphorical and literal) back to and from the centre.