PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 

 

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.

 

 

We will alert all members to forthcoming talks by email and by putting up posters in the village.

 

 

 

2024

     

17 January

           

A Roman palace at

Verulamium: and other

stories

         Kris Lockyear           

             

 Kris Lockyear and his team of volunteers have completed another season of their geophysical survey of that part of the Roman city of Verulamium that lay within what is now the Gorhambury estate, on the western side of Bluehouse Hill in St Albans. The survey continues to produce some remarkable results. Kris will bring us up to date. 

21 February

 

 

The Great Women of

St Albans

Tony Berk

 


   

 The great women of any historic town or city are often neglected. This talk redresses the balance by describing 2,000 years of local history through the lives and fascinating stories of the important women who have had an effect on the history of St Albans. It shows how crucial these women were to St Albans and district and talks of their context in both local and national history.

20 March

 

What's in a Name?

What do the street names

of Wheathampstead tell

us about our village?

Dianne Payne       

 

 Origins of street names are not always easy to determine. Some names are recent, while others have a long history. This illustrated talk will explore how the historic, cultural and symbolic priorities of Wheathampstead are reflected in its street names. Which key figures in the village were thought worthy of remembrance and how many street names have changed over time?  Whether you are a newcomer or a long-term resident, come and discover more about the name of the street where you live and share your thoughts about our village.

17 April

   

Wheathampstead

watercourses

Mike Smith

        

 

  It may not be obvious today but the valley close to Wheathampstead Mill had a series of puzzling watercourses many of which have been filled in, some of them recently. What were these mysterious watercourses and what insights do they give us about the history of medieval Wheathampstead? This talk by Mike Smith will be of particular interest to members who live in King Edward Place. 

15 May

 

 

The Long Story of the

Short St Albans Canal

Jon Mein and

Frank Iddiols 

 

  In 1795, an Act approving the construction of a canal linking St Albans and places like Wheathampstead and Harpenden to the new Grand Junction Canal and the wider world was given Royal Assent. Jon Mein and Frank Iddiols consider why the canal was never built, who was for and who was against the expensive proposals, and the planned route for a replacement railway service.

19 June

 

 

 

 

  

 

17 July

   

 

 

 

 

 There will not be a meeting in August

 

18 September

 

 

 

 

 

16 October

 

 

 

  

 

 

20 November

 

 

 

 

                   

                   

 

 

18 December

 

 

 

                  

  

 

The following local and national societies offer a wide variety of talks both face-to-face and online. 

 

Welwyn Archaeological Society (WAS). Click here.

 

Combined Hertfordshire Archaeological Societies (CHAS). Click here.

 

The St Albans History Society (SAHAAS), better known as the 'Arc & Arc'. Click here  

 

The Hertfordshire Association for Local History (HALH). Click here

 

The Institute for Historical Research (IHR). Click here.

 

The National Archives. Click here

 

Gresham Lectures. Click here.