Summer Almanack 2022 published

The Summer Almanack with details of Summer excursions, Goodliff Awards and news from other Societies and museums has been sent to all our members by either email or post. For further details see the Almanack page

To downlaod a copy of the Almanack, click on the picture to the left.

Goodliff Awards 2022

The Society is delighted to announce the Goodliff and Family History (genealogical) awards towards the following projects:

Mike Addis – for ‘The Victorian Entomologist@ – a personal project to teach children about the 19th Century discover of the natural world.

*Huntingdonshire Archives – for an archivist to re-catalogue to modern standards the first instalment of the records of the Duke of Manchester’s Kimbolton Estate.

The Norris Museum – to work with local youth charity KICK to create a local history ‘story mat’.

*Peter Cooper – for a will tramnscription (from records at TNA) and analysis project for Holywell-cum-Needingworth and making this available on website.

*Annie James – for further instalment of work on Huntingdonshire convicts who were transported.

The Cromwell Museum – for redesigned display of exhibits in the museum dealing with Cromwell’s early life, including new acquisitions.

Martyn Smith – for an A3 printer to support his Huntingdonshire Cyclists’ project

Dr. Ken Sneath – for publication of a volume of essays by different scholars on the ‘Long Reformation’ in Huntingdonshire.

Godmanchester Museum – for additional boards for display of cpied family photographs from local people.

Dr. Stephen Upex – to publish a facsimile editon of Edmund Artis’s seminal archaeological text ‘Durobrivae’

Huntingdon BID – for external display boards in Literary Walk Huntingdon on literary figures with Huntingdonshire connections

Ramsey Rural Museum – for audio-visual equipment to give introductory infomation about the museum collections

(*) Awards using in whole or in part the account created from transfer of funds by the former Huntingdonshire Family History Society aimed at projects of genealogical interest.

Membership Renewal for 2022 Now Due

If you haven’t renewed your membership already and wish to do so then please contact David Smith by email info@huntslhs.org.uk or by phone 07886n 640177. Membership this year is £10 for Single and £15 for a couple.

If you wish to join the Society please download the membership form, found by selecting the membership tab at the top of the page, and send the completed form and payment to David Smith, details on the form.

Christmas Social CANCELLED

Sadly we have had to cancel the planned Christmas Social on Friday 3rd December. The Wyton and Brampton Military Wives Choir has withdrawn on account of several members, some falling within vulnurable groups, having covid concerns. The latest predictions of what the state of the pandemic might be locally in a fortnight’s time are not encouraging.

Not wanting to write off the whole of December, we are plannong a Zoom based talk on Wednesday 15th, at ourn usual time of 7:30pm. Stuart Orme, Curator of the Cromwell MUseum, will talk on what seems in the circumstances a very apposite subject, ‘Did Cromwell Ban Christmas’. A reminder email with the Zoom link will be sent round to members a few days before.

Over the 25 years we have been able to make some 250 awards, distributing over £150,000 to support projects promoting the history of Huntingdonshire. In 2020, arising from the amalgamation of the Huntingdonshire Family History Society with the Cambridgeshire Family History Society, some of its assets were transferred to the Goodliff Fund to fund an annual genealogical award. 

For details of awards made this year and previous years see the Goodliff Award tab.

We are now accepting applications for awards in 2022. See the Goodliff Awards tab for the application form and information on how to apply.

New President of the Society named, Mr David Cozens, MBE agreed to be our President

We are delighted to announce that our Vice-Chairman, whom we reckon the premier local historian of Huntingdonshire, David Cozens, MBE, has accepted the committee’s invitation to fill this important place in the Society’s public profile. David was our Chairman from 1974 – 2009, has written many books and contributed articles to ‘Records of Huntingdonshire’, the Society’s publication, and elsewhere, organised excursions including the original series of May weekends. David has also been a superb ambassador for Huntingdonshire’s history for more than 50 years.  

Christmas 2020 Social Event – Change to Programme

Due the current Covid19 restrictions we concluded that to carry on with the concert by the Military Wives Choir was not possible, so the planned Social for the 4th December has been cancelled. Not wanting to cancel the whole Social we have decided to host an alternative evening of entertainment, using Zoom Meeting Rooms, on the evening of 9th December, starting at 7:30pm, as usual. Our Vice Chairman, David Cozens, will talk to us about the Edison Bell Company of Huntingdon and he will provide us with some historical festive musical entertainment from his extensive collection of 78rpm records. 

Answers to the Quiz in the Winter 2019/20 Almanack Supplement

Here are the answers to the Quiz ‘Who Might Use These’ that were in the Winter 2019/2020 Almanack Supplement.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                      G                                               H                                           K
 
G: Coprolite wagon – can be seen at Ramsey Rural Museum
 
H: Culinary water sprinkler – on display at the 2019 History Festival re-enactment camp
 
K: Sculptured faces – on the frontage of NatWest Bank on Huntingdon High Street
 
We will have another quiz in the next copy of the Almanack Supplement, to be issued Summer 2020