All the talks take place on a Wednesday in the Mead Hall in East Lane, Wheathampstead

       (behind The Bull, next to the free car park, starting at 7.30 pm).

         Admission is £1.00 for members and £3.00 for non-members and guests.



Refreshments will be available. Talks will start at 7.45.

Note: Members of the Society are reciprocal members of the Welwyn Archaeological Society with free access

to their meetings. Click here for the WAS programme.


18 January


  Mike Smith "The Manor of Wheathampstead"

 Review: More than 50 people came to this talk and learned a fantastic amount, not only about the vast 11,000  acre extent of the manor, but about field names then and now, medieval ploughs and ploughing, and how  geology and landscape affected the shape and size of fields. MORE

15 February


  Paul Jiggens "The Welwyn Brewery: Beer in Welwyn in Days Gone By"

  Review:  In this excellent talk, Paul told the story of The Welwyn Brewery, set in the wider context of the history of brewing in Hertfordshire. Despite Welwyn being an important settlement in the 19th century, the brewery was always relatively small and changed hands several times before eventually being sold to McMullen, the last brewers in the county, and being closed down. Paul showed us a number of fascinating photographs of the Brewery and its owners in the 19th and early 20th century.

15 March


  John Cox "Field Marshal Frederic Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan, 1865-1946"   

Review: The 10th Earl of Cavan was one of Wheathampstead's most distinguished residents, having lived at Wheathampstead House for many years. John told the story of Lord Cavan's remarkable life, covering his background, family history and military career, particularly during World War I. John explored Cavan's connections with his contemporaries in Wheathampstead: Lord Northcliffe, proprietor of the Daily Mail, and William Beach Thomas,                               war correspondent of the Daily Mail. 

19 April


  Annual General Meeting.

  Members' research team, led by Jon Mein "Wheathampstead's inns, pubs and beer houses,

  1830 - 1914"

17 May


  Kate Harwood "The History of Allotments"


 3 June



  Medieval Field Walk, led by Mike Smith

 This walk is a follow-up to Mike's very successful talk on 18 January. Mike will lead this three-mile walk which  will cover five of the main medieval fields surrounding the village. More

 The ten places on this walk are currently booked. If you would like to be added to the reserve list, please  email us at  


17 June


 'Tales from the Village'. A concert of 18th century West Gallery Music and Readings

 7.30 pm at St Helen's Church, Wheathampstead. More

21 June


  Alistair Hodgson "Salisbury Hall and Sir Geoffrey de Havilland" 

 Alistair Hodgson is curator of the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, the earliest aircraft museum in the country.  Alistair will talk about the history of Salisbury Hall and the role of the de Havilland Aircraft Company during  World War II. More


 24 June


 Hertfordshire Association for Local History: Visit to Benington Lordship

 10.30 am to 12.00 pm. For details, click here.



 9 July


 Wheathampstead Village Day

 The theme for this year is "When I Grow up". The Society's stall will emulate this theme with an exhibition  of     photographs of many of the village pubs "then and now". More

19 July


  Jon Mein "The Reverend Henry Small of St Albans and the missing £20,000"

 Reverend Small was appointed rector of St Albans Abbey in 1817. He fled to France in 1834 leaving  substantial debts that were out of proportion to his income.The story attracted the attention of the Prime  Minister of the day and an inspiring resolution. 




20 September 


  Kris Lockyear "The History of Lamer"

18 October


  Julie Moore "The Home Front during World War One"

15 November


  Members' evening: a chance to share your history research


20 December


  Christmas party


Click here for links to our neighbouring History Societies, all of which have their own programmes of events.

Click here for the full list of talks organised by the Herts at War 1914-1918 project. The talks are free and

are held at various locations in central Hertfordshire.