Visit to the Alconbury Weald Heritage Centre. We meet at ‘The Club’, The Boulevard, Enterprise Campus. Rebecca Britton will meet us to explain how Urban and Civic are incorporating the heritage of this former RAF station into the ongoing development of Alconbury Weald
Own Transport: Please advise if you can offer help/need help with transport.
No Charge: but please let David Cozens know by Wednesday 23rd May that you are coming and either by email (email@example.com) or phone 01487 815229)
Please use the accompanying form and pay in advance by cheque. To download a copy of the booking form click on the word BOOKINGFORM
Note especially the ‘Book By’ date. Early booking is helpful. However do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute as outings are seldom over-subscribed.
Cancellations: If you cancel before the ‘Book By’ date your cheque will not be paid in. If you cancel later you may only receive a refund if someone else takes your place.
Non-member guests are very welcome. You will receive partial refunds on the coach for guest children, in respect of lower entrance fees.
The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.
Wednesday 10 October A Landscape through Time – A look at the Archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme.
Please note the following important dates including some changes: This and subsequent Lectures: These will be on Wednesdays at our usual venue, Huntingdon Methodist church. From this month onward the usual day of meetings will be the second Wednesday, as the church is no longer available regularly to us on Thursday evenings.
Emma Jeffery, Senior Archaeologist at MOLA Headland Archaeology will talk about the astonishing discoveries taking place as a result of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. A walk through centuries of history from prehistoric settlements, pottery and ditches, Roman broaches and pottery production, medieval village lost and found.
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The lecture this evening will be free to non-members.
The King, the Actress and the Cardinal: the birth of London’s West End.
Dr Simon Thurley’s lecture this year is entitled The King, the Actress and the Cardinal; the birth of London’s West End. The King and the Cardinal one can make a fair guess at, but the Actress is a little more difficult. Come along if you want to know who they are. It is bound to be another revelation on the extraordinary history of our capital city.
The evening will start off with the Goodliff Award Ceremony when Dr Thurley will present awards to:
Jane Adams, St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church Alconbury – the publication of an information booklet and childrens guide to the church.
Jane Watson, publication of a booklet on the history of Barham village.
The Cromwell Museum Trust (Stuart Orme) – design and production new external signage and display boards.
Beth Davis – publication of the WW2 memoirs of Bert Goodwin.
The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust (Dr Stephen Upex) – magnetometer survey of the walled area of the Roman town of Durobrivae.
All Saints Church Elton Reformation Committee (Joanne Borrett) – publication of information booklet/story board about the stained glass windows and Saxon crosses.
Peter Cooper – Development and publish on-line interactive maps of Holywell-cum-Needingworth.
Huntingdonshire History Festival (Mike Addis) – funding in support of the 2018 History Festival.
The Norris Museum (Sarah Russell)– Production of learning session materials entitled, ‘Cromwell the Man, Friend or Foe?’.
Roger Reynolds – Publication of a book, ‘Ramsey at War’ covering the period 1939 to 1946.
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
To book contact David Smith through our contacts page
Further details to follow shortly
The 2019 Goodliff Awards are being presented at the Society’s President’s Lecture, which this year is taking place during the Huntingdonshire History Festival. Because it is being advertised with other events and we fully expect a full room, admission, even for members, will be by prior booking.
After the presentation of the Goodliff Awards, Dr Thurley will give his lecture, HERITAGE and HOUSING, for which he has provided the following introduction:
Providing enough houses for people to live in is one of the great issues affecting Huntingdonshire and indeed England today. It is an issue for people looking to buy new homes and settle into this area, but also one for those wanting to protect the distinctiveness of their historic towns and villages. Most new house building is undertaken in disregard of the vernacular traditions of the places in which it is undertaken. Historic settlements all over England are fighting what they regard as inappropriate development on their doorstep. Does it have to be like this? Can heritage and conservation be reconciled with the ambitions of the volume housebuilder? I will look at the issues in historical, geographical and economic context and suggest a way forwards.
Please use the BOOKING FORM accompanying the Summer 2019 Almanack to tell us you are coming, or otherwise let David Smith know by email firstname.lastname@example.org..uk or phone 01480 350127 by Sunday 30th June at the latest
Christmas Social – A Georgian Christmas, with Bedford Gallery Quire, Tuesday 10th December
Its that time of year, the Christmas festive season is fast approaches again. Once more we have a super programme lined up for our Christmas social. The Christmas social is undoubtedly one of the sheer joys of this society, so do make an effort to come along. You will not be disappointed. And by all means bring friends with you.
This year The Bedford Gallery Quire, will be providing the musical entertainment. They are part of the movement to resurrect the folk tradition, coined ‘West Gallery Music’ by Thomas Hardy, The Quire was formed in 2003 and is a group of singers and instrumentalists performing musical pieces from the ‘West Gallery’ period, around 1700 to 1850. West Gallery music is often seen as an anarchic musical attribute of the parish church until reforming Victorian clergy suppressed them in favour of the more governable, surpliced, choirs singing in the chancel that we know today. Besides playing fiddles and flutes they will be performing traditional music on some less familiar instruments including flagelettes, an ophicleïde, and a serpent – a rare sight indeed.
We will again be providing sandwiches, etc., as well as drinks, but members are welcome to bring additional seasonal fare. It would be helpful if you haven’t already done so , it you would book as soon as possible. This enables us to tell how many spaces available for non-members. David Smith will be there on Tuesday to take bookings and your £5.00, or send him a cheque with form in the Almanack, or at very least email him at email@example.com to let him know you are coming and pay on the night.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the AGM has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a date in the future. Details will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the lecture and presentation of the Goodliff Awards for 2020 have been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year.
The Society’s President, Dr David Starkey will talk about ‘The Uses of History’ and present the Goodliff Awards for 2020.
More details to follow shortly
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