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.



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.


16 January


  Heather Falvey "Baroness Elizabeth Dimsdale's recipe book, c.1800"

The Dimsdales have been a well-known Hertfordshire family since the 1630s. Elizabeth married Thomas Dimsdale in 1779, becoming his third wife and thus Baroness Dimsdale. When she was in her late sixties or early seventies, she copied nearly 700 recipes and more than 80 household hints into a parchment-bound book.


20 February


  Justin Burgess "A fine and private place - graves and funerals"


20 March


  Julie Moore "Golf and the Common: the Hertfordshire experience 1890 to 1912"   


17 April


  Anne Rowe "Humphrey Repton in Hertfordshire"


 The talk will be preceded by the Society's Annual General Meeting.

15 May


  Andy Wiseman "History of policing in Hertfordshire"



 18 May

 Spring Meeting and AGM of Hertfordshire Association for Local History. 10.30 Pirton Village   Hall. Programme of  four short talks, two book presentations and the Lionel Munby Memorial   Lecture which will be given by David Short. 


 19 June



  Kate Harwood "O'Connorville: Hertfordshire's Chartist land colony 1847"


17 July


  Jon Mein "From pint pot to coffee pot: the Temperance Movement in 19th century St Albans"




  20 July

 Lemsford Local History Group.  Open Day St John's Church and graveyard, 11.00 am to 3.00   pm. Guided tours. 

 Ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the village War Memorial, 1.00 pm. 




18 September 


                          CHANGE TO PROGRAMME

  Members' evening

  An opportunity for members to share your own research interests in a 10-minute talk.

  Please contact us with your offer to give a talk. 


16 October


  Helen George "Spanish 'flin Watford after the Great War, 1918 to 1922


21 November



                          CHANGE TO PROGRAMME

   Alan Thomson "From dung heaps to designer clothes: shopping in Hertford in the mid-17th        century"


19 December


  Christmas party 

Our annual fish-and-chip supper, with wine and mince pies. Members are invited to bring along an object of historical interest and tell us all about it. 



Click here and scroll down to find links to our neighbouring History Societies, all of which have their own programmes of events.