In Spring 2019, the Society introduced a new series of research seminars, coordinated by Kate Morris. The first programme ran from February to May 2019. Its success has led to the 2019/20 programme outlined below.
Each seminar covers a specific topic. No prior knowledge of the topic is required for participation - only the willingness of participants to join in discussion with questions or relevant contributions from their own research.
Seminars take the form of a short presentation on a topic currently being researched. This is followed by informal discussion and debate, which could lead to further individual or group research.
For those with little research experience, it is an opportunity to learn more about sources available for their own fields of interest as well as sparking interest in topics they may not yet have considered. It is also a good opportunity to meet others who are doing, or would like to do research into local history in its multitude of aspects.
Seminars take place at the Society’s Library at Sandridge Gate. They are held on Thursday afternoons, 2.30 to 3.30pm and are free to members. Non-members are welcome for a fee of £5.
This is the outline of the programme. For full details see the 'Forthcoming events'.
19 September: People and property revealed in Sun insurance policies - Julia Merrick (Note: this is a change of topic to the one previously advertised) 24 October: Freight traffic on the St Albans turnpike - Fabian Hiscock 21 November: Maps - Frank Iddiols 12 December: Water pumps – Brian Adams 19 December: Maps - Frank Iddiols (Repeat of over-subscribed 21 November event) 23 January: Researching the early English press – Ruth Herman 20 February: Straw hats – Anne Wares and Jon Mein 19 March: The Poor Law in St Albans, 1895 to 1914 - Tony Dolphin
Please send expressions of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. These could include:
Details of the programme will appear on the website events calendar and this page. They will also be announced via enews.