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.

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 (Zoom) – Musical Evening from Edison Bell with David Cozens @ 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 President, David Cozens, will talk to us about the Edison Bell Company of Huntingdon. Edison Bell Company was one of the most significant feature of Huntingdon’s industrial history. David promises to entertain us with a range of musical from his wide collection of historical 78rpm records and recordings that were manufactured in Huntingdon on contemporary equipment. . 

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. Though we cannot join one another in quite the usual convivial way we can do so digitally. So, pull up a chair, pour yourself and others a glass of something festive and lets toast one another to a Happy Christmas.  

The details of how to access the Zoom Meeting will be published to all our members nearer the date. These talks are open to non-members, who should email David Smith at info@huntslhs.org .uk requesting the link to the talk a few days in advance.

Look out for other virtual meetings in the New Year.

  

Jan
6
Wed
Society Lecture (Zoom): The Census: Behind the Doors in 19th Century Godmanchester – Dr Ken Sneath @ Zoom Meeting Room
Jan 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Dr Ken Sneath, former Assistant Director of Studies, Peterhouse, Cambridge. The Census: Behind the Doors in 19th Century Godmanchester

Members will know that Ken’s cores research has been on pre-Industrial England. Here he ventures into more recent times but is in familiar topographical territory to bring us some of the fruits of his work on the 1851 and 1891 censuses in particular. Expect some of your preconceptions about life in Godmanchester during this period to be challenged.

Please note this is a week earlier than we would usually meet in order to avoid a clash with the Cromwell lectures.

Details of how to access the Zoom Meeting Room will be sent to all members a week prior to the meeting.

The lecture is open to all non members. If you wish to attend the online lecture please contact David Smith by email at info@huntslhs.org.uk and he will send you the Zoom link details. 

Feb
10
Wed
Society Lecture (Zoom) – The David Parr House: an extraordinary Cambridge Home, Tamsin Wimhurst @ Zoom Meeting Room
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The David Parr House: An extraordinary Cambridge Home: Tamsin Wimhurst

Tamsin has had a career in museums and education, but achieved fame for her work in enabling the preservation and restoration of the David Parr House, the managing charity of which she is founder and Trustee. She will tell us the story of how she discovered this remarkable house hiding in the back streets of Cambridge, uncovered its story as the home of a decorator artist for some of the best known designers of his day. Tamsin achieved her aim of opening the house up to the public so that many more can enjoy its unique atmosphere. For more information about the house see the website David Parr House

Details of how to access the Zoom Meeting Room will be sent to all members a week prior to the meeting.

The lecture is open to all non members. If you wish to attend the online lecture please contact David Smith by email at info@huntslhs.org.uk and he will send you the Zoom link details. 

 

Mar
10
Wed
Society Lecture (Zoom) – Lessons of the Ermine Street Excavation: Reassessing Medieval Huntingdon, Chris Thatcher @ Zoom Meeting Room
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Lessons of the Ermine Street Excavation: Reassessing Medieval Huntingdon

Chris Thatcher, Project Officer, Oxford Archaeology East, who came to talk to the Society in 2013 when the Ermine Street dig had just finished, returns to give us the results of post-excavation work and put it in context of our understanding of medieval Huntingdon.

 

Details of how to access the Zoom Meeting Room will be sent to all members a week prior to the meeting.

The lecture is open to all non members. If you wish to attend the online lecture please contact David Smith by email at info@huntslhs.org.uk and he will send you the Zoom link details. 

May
12
Wed
Society AGM and Talk on ‘Establishment and Dissent: Conformity and Non Conformity on 18th Century Huntingdonshire – Simon Clemmow @ Zoom Meeting Room
May 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Society Annual General Meeting will be held on the 12th May, beginning at 7:30pm, and will be via Zoom Meeting Rooms. Details of how to access the meeting will be sent to all members a few days before the event. Please sign in early for this part of the evening, David Smith will be hosting the meeting and will let members into the Meeting Room at 7:15pm. We shall endeavour to deal speedily with the business part of the meeting, but please consider if you would be willing to contribute to the running of the Society. Most of the offices and committee members are willing to stand again but there are some vacancies on the committee. If you are thinking of becoming a committee member please contact Philip Saunders, in advance, on 091954 250421.

The Agenda for the meeting as well as the minutes of the 2020 AGM are available online on the Society AGM Minutes and ReportsAGM Page. 

The AGM will be followed by a talk given by Simon Clemmow on ‘Establishment and Dissent: Conformity and Nonconformity in 18th Century Huntingdonshire’. Simon is the Chair of the Hemingfords Local History Society and author of the chapter on Post -Restoration Nonconfirmity in the book of essays ‘The Singing Milkmaids’ published in 2019 (with support from the Society’s Goodliff Scheme). This is the subject for which Simon was awarded an Advanced Diploma in Local History by Cambridge University. 

The lecture is open to all non members. If you wish to attend the online lecture please contact David Smith by email at info@huntslhs.org.uk and he will send you the Zoom link details. 

Aug
19
Thu
Society Zoom Talk – The Cotton Family @ Zoom Meeting Room
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr Philip Saunders will give a talk on the Cotton Family to provide background information on this interesting family before the Society visit to Conington Church

The Zoom access details will be sent out to all members prior to the talk

Sep
16
Thu
Society Visit – Leighton Bromswold Church @ Leighton Bromswold
Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Visit to Leighton Bromswold:

The visit, originally planned for 2020 and reluctantly postponed, has been rearranged for Thursday 16th September, at 4:30pm. Meet at the church, where a cup of team will await us. The visit is by kind arrangement of Hugh West, of Leighton Bromswold and the a author of a new, Goodliff Award supported, guide. Hugh will be giving us a talk and showing us around this ‘wonderful church’ (Pevsner), celebrated for its association with George Herbert and his friends the Ferrars of LIttle Gidding, but having mush else of interest, including the famous 17C pulpit and readers desk. 

After the tour there will be a chance to stroll around this small village before we all retire to the the George pub in the village of Spaldwick for a meal. 

To book email David Smith on info@huntslhs.org.uk or phone on 01480 350127. Book by Sunday 12th September.