Society Lecture: Revising Pevsner (Charles O’Brien) @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Obrien-Pevsner001REVISING PEVSNER – A new look at the buildings of Huntingdonshire.

This coming Thursday, 10th March 2016, we have Charles O’Brien coming to talk about revising Nikolaus Pevsner’s volume containing Huntingdonshire in his famous Buildings of England series.

Nikolaus Pevsner found that the study of architectural history had poor coverage in published documents and received little status in academic circles. Information available to the wider public about the architecture of a particular district, was limited. He conceived the idea to write a series of comprehensive county guides to rectify this omission.

The book covering the architecture of our own area of Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough was first published in 1968 and was revised in 2014. The appearance of the new edition, like the original one, was a landmark in the understanding of Huntingdonshire’s built heritage, and I hope you will feel encouraged to come and hear about the research and writing which went into it.

Dr O’Brien is not only the editor of this volume but also joint Series Editor, and was recently appointed one of the Commissioners of Historic England, the body that now has overall responsibility for the National Heritage Collection managed by English Heritage. We are delighted that he is coming to speak to us.

Usual time and venue: 7.30 p.m., Thursday 10th March, Huntingdon Methodist Church.

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 and he will send you the Zoom link details.