Past SAHAAS lectures

For many years, the Society has run two seasons of lectures each year – one in the spring from January to May, one in the autumn from September to December. The lecture programmes from Autumn 2001 to the most recent season are shown below, illustrating the wide range of topics covered.

Lectures are open free of charge to all members, and to visitors for a £5 fee. You can find details of the current programme here. If you’d like to join the Society, you can find details here. All lectures are now held at 7:45pm on Tuesday evenings at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans, AL1 3XG (unless otherwise stated).

Click on the year below to go to the list of lectures in that year







Tue 11 Sep 2001Peter HouldcroftThe Royston Cave and the Knights Templar
Tue 18 Sep 2001John & Jo BrewsterSouthwark, following the Society’s visit
Fri 28 Sep 2001Dr Brenda BoltonPalmerius of Picciati returns from the wars
Tue 2 Oct 2001Peter SmithThe Ver past and present
Tue 9 Oct 2001Dr Russell CraigBuildings in Trust; with special reference to Herts
Tue 16 Oct 2001Dr Alan ThompsonMaurice Thompson – a Herts Jacobean yuppie
Fri 26 Oct 2001Dr Diana WebbSt Thomas Becket in Europe
Tue 30 Oct 2001Derek Morris18th century Stepney
Tue 6 Nov 2001David ThoroldRoman coins
Tue 13 Nov 2001Polly BishopHatfield House and the Tradescant connection
Tue 20 Nov 2001Frank Kilvington19th century St Albans
Fri 30 Nov 2001Dr John CreightonRomans in Iron Age Britain
Tue 4 Dec 2001Dr Jim LewisDevelopment of Industry in the Lea Valley


Tue 8 Jan 2002Dr Gillian GearDiscovering a Tudor farmhouse in Herts
Tue 15 Jan 2002Anne-Marie ParkerHidden Hertfordshire
Fri 25 Jan 2002Prof. Simon KeynesHenry Loyn Memorial Lecture
Tue 29 Jan 2002Ann Dean,
Betty Ewens,
Rob Weston
A Victorian Montage
Tue 5 Feb 2002John HiggsThe Cuffley Airship
Tue 12 Feb 2002Stuart WhitefootHeraldry in the stained glass of St Albans Abbey
Fri 22 Feb 2002Dr Diana WebbSolitude and Privacy in the Middle Ages
Tue 26 Feb 2002Claire ThorntonThe Archaeology of Animals
Tue 5 Mar 2002David StevensWork and History of the Box Moor Trust
Tue 12 Mar 2002Rob WestonSir Mortimer Wheeler
Tue 19 Mar 2002John CottonLondon before Londinium
Fri 22 Mar 2002—–Medieval Social Welfare
Tue 16 Apr 2002Rev Anders BerquistSt Albans Abbey before the Normans
Fri 26 Apr 2002Dr Ulrike SchaefferThe Niebelungen Sagas
Tue 30 Apr 2002Simon WestLocal Excavations 2000-01
Tue 14 May 2002Valerie EdwardsChenies – its history and gardens
Tue 31 May 2002Dr Gillian GearCertified Industrial Schools in the 19th century
Tue 10 Sep 2002Grp. Capt. Peter GarthCardington and its Airships
Tue 17 Sep 2002Michael WestSlipping the Gilbert Collection into Somerset House
Fri 27 Sep 2002Michael HardyAnglo-Saxon Churches
Tue 1 Oct 2002David DeanInns and Ale Houses
Tue 8 Oct 2002Sam MoorsheadCosmopolitan Roman Britain
Tue 15 Oct 2002Robin Webb200 years of Much Hadham Forge
Fri 25 Oct 2002Dr Jonathan PhillipsRichard and Saladin
Tue 29 Oct 2002Bruce WatsonMedieval London Bridge – Lost and Found
Tue 5 Nov 2002Len GroomeLondon Bridge in America – the story up to date
Tue 12 Nov 2002Reg NiceHistory of the Manors of Abbots Langley
Tue 19 Nov 2002Col. J D SainsburyThe Auxiliary Hospitals in Herts, 1914-18
Fri 29 Nov 2002Dr Melvin SabshinA Short History of Psychiatry
Tue 3 Dec 2002Margaret WilsonSt Albans Road Names


Tue 7 Jan 2003—-The Brickmakers of St Albans
Tue 14 Jan 2003George CrutcherBeer Brewing in Hertfordshire
Tue 4 Feb 2003John FadelleScammell – an evocative Herts name
Tue 11 Feb 2003Elizabeth ButeuxChildren and straw plaiting in Herts
Tue 18 Feb 2003Phil CarterConservation in St Albans
Fri 28 Feb 2003Prof. James WalvinBritain’s role in Slavery
Tue 4 Mar 2003Tony RookA History of Hertfordshire
Tue 11 Mar 2003Hugh LewisA History of Bushey
Tue 18 Mar 2003Ann DeanAbbey Parish Street Memorials
Fri 28 Mar 2003Dr Janette DelaineOstia
Tue 1 Apr 2003Phil BirtlesDe Havilland history
Fri 25 Apr 2003Dr Mark GoldieRoger Morrice and his “Entring Book”
Tue 29 Apr 2003Jane KelsallThe British Parish Church
Tue 13 May 2003Betty MastersSt Albans and the 1553 Charter
Tue 20 May 2003Richard LavenderA History of Hertfordshire Bridges
Fri 30 May 2003David HopkinsArt, Industry and Coalbrookdale
Tue 9 Sep 2003Ken CoxShuttleworth Aviation History
Tue 16 Sep 2003Mary HansonThomas Claughton – 1st Bishop of St Albans
Fri 26 Sep 2003Archdeacon Clifford OfferHitchin, Mercia and the Councils of Clofesho
Tue 30 Sep 2003Charles le QuegneRediscovering an Ancient Landscape at the Grove, Watford
Tue 7 Oct 2003Rob MasefieldDiscoveries on the A41 at Aston Clinton – from Late Iron Age to Saxon
Tue 14 Oct 2003David KeenThe RAF Museum and some links with Hertfordshire
Tue 21 Oct 2003John NealSt Albans – a Pint and a Prayer
Fri 31 Oct 2003Joan PerkinsThe Merry Duchess of St Albans
Tue 4 Nov 2003Robin PerkinsThe Cecil Family and Hatfield House
Tue 11 Nov 2003Dr J D HillWhy Verulamium? Hertfordshire in the Late Iron Age
Sat 15 Nov 2003Dr Stephen AlfordPublic Lecture: 1553 – A Year that Shaped a Century
Tue 18 Nov 2003Bruce WatsonRoman London Civic Water Supply
Fri 28 Nov 2003Allen EylesPicture Palaces
Tue 2 Dec 2003John DickThe Mossman Vehicle Collection at Stockwood Park, Luton


Tue 13 Jan 2004Robert LancasterSpirella – the Age of Constriction
Tue 20 Jan 2004Jane KelsallBaptism and Fonts in Great Britain
Fri 30 Jan 2004George AtkinsonPalladio and his influences on English Architecture
Tue 3 Feb 2004Rosemary StevensCalligraphy
Tue 10 Feb 2004John HiggsMy view from the Towpath – from Bow to Hertford
Tue 17 Feb 2004John GlanvilleAntique English Clocks
Fri 27 Feb 2004John BrodrickThe Dark Ages
Tue 2 Mar 2004Chris ReynoldsPoaching and Petty Thieving in St Albans
Tue 9 Mar 2004Peter EvansThe Bones of St Alban
Tue 16 Mar 2004Clive WalterAbbey Wall Paintings
Fri 26 Mar 2004C StellNonconformist Chapels
Tue 30 Mar 2004Aubrey RobertsThe Independent Chapel of St Albans – 300 Years of History
Tue 6 Apr 2004Robin WebbThatching
Tue 20 Apr 2004Brian LimbrickThe British School – bringing Literacy to the Industrial Revolution
Fri 30 Apr 2004Dr Paul RobertsRome – Art and Emperors
Tue 11 May 2004Chris Green,
Director of St Albans Museums
A Tudor Axle-treed Cart found in St Albans
Tue 18 May 2004Peter AdamsWaltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills
Fri 28 May 2004Vivienne SmithBlazing Trails Down Under
Fri 16 July 2004Prof. John GillinghamPublic Lecture: The World of Richard the Lionheart
Tue 7 Sept 2004Dr Stuart BryantLandscape and Ritual – The Late Iron Age of Hertfordshire
Tue 14 Sept 2004John WoodDevelopment Pressures in Hertfordshire
Fri 24 Sept 2004Adrian GibsonKingsbury Barn and related buildings
Tue 28 Sept 2004Anthony SpenceThe Iron Age Chariot -recent discoveries and interpretations
Tue 5 Oct 2004Gene MitchellSt Albans – water, rail and Victorian Gothic
Tue 12 Oct 2004Ann DeanMr Telford’s by-pass – the making of Verulam Road
Tue 19 Oct 2004John FisherThe Mary Rose
Fri 29 Oct 2004Prof. John MorrillCromwell – warts and all
Tue 2 Nov 2004Steven PotterTiles in the Abbey
Tue 9 Nov 2004Peter StreetCrystal Palace and the Great Exhibition
Tue 16 Nov 2004Derek PetersHistory of London – Part I
Fri 26 Nov 2004John CredlandThe History of Popular Photography
Tue 30 Nov 2004Rob MasefieldArchaeological Finds in Colchester
Tue 7 Dec 2004David DeanSt Albans Historic Landscape


Tue 18 Jan 2005Tony Billings
Rob Weston
Thomas Fowler – A St Albans Worthy
Grimthorpe – A St Albans Giant
Fri 28 Jan 2005Prof. Nigel GooseChild Employment in 19c Hertfordshire in Perspective – Varieties of Childhood
Tue 1 Feb 2005Simon WestCremation Burials at Turners Hall Farm, Wheathamstead
Tue 8 Feb 2005Teresa WildLord Rothschild & the Tring Museum
Tue 15 Feb 2005Jeremy InghamInvestigation of historic lime-based building materials
Fri 25 Feb 2005John BrodrickAncient Technology
Tue 1 Mar 2005Elizabeth ButeuxThe Lost Inns of the High Street
Tue 8 Mar 2005Richard AbdeyLabelled Heads – Portraits on coins and medals
Fri 18 Mar 2005Prof. John BakerBritons in Post-Roman Hertfordshire – the place name evidence
Tue 22 Mar 2005Kate Morris &
the Property History Group
How St Albans Has Changed and Developed – who did what, where
Tue 5 Apr 2005Alan FeatherstoneHistory of Redbourn
Tue 19 Apr 2005John BrodrickOur Evolving View of the Romans
Fri 29 Apr 2005Dr Clive FoxallThe Strange Story of the Metropolitan Railway
Tue 10 May 2005Simon WestVerlamio – Verulamium
Tue 17 May 2005Richard HobbsOur Past Treasure – Finds from England and Wales
Fri 27 May 2005Kate HarwoodIndian Influences on 18c English Gardens
Tue 6 Sept 2005Peter CollinsThe Organ Builder of Redbourn
Tue 13 Sept 2005T C StevensThe Keeper of Berkhamsted Castle
Tue 20 Sept 2005Bruce WatsonExcavations at the Roman Port of London
Fri 30 Sept 2005Prof. Andrew LambertNelson – Death and Transfiguration
Tue 4 Oct 2005Tony WoodhouseIllustrated History of Dunstable and its Priory
Tue 11 Oct 2005Michael WestConversion of the Earl of Clarendon’s Mansion at Chandler’s Cross
Tue 18 Oct 2005Chris ReynoldsThe Army in St Albans in WWI
Fri 28 Oct 2005David HarrisonBridges of Medieval England
Tue 1 Nov 2005Gene MitchellSlum Life in 19th century King’s Cross
Tue 8 Nov 2005Hugh LewisSir Hubert Herkomer – Bushey’s Victorian Painter
Tue 15 Nov 2005Kevin FitzgeraldThe Protection of Rural England
Fri 25 Nov 2005Dr John SchofieldLondon and the Gunpowder Plot
Tue 29 Nov 2005John Cox“Jim Forrester” – a.k.a. 5th Earl of Verulam
Tue 6 Dec 2005Jane KelsallGothic Revival – it started much earlier than you think.


Tue 17 Jan 2006Isobel LeekVictorian Garden History
Fri 27 Jan 2006Paul ChamberlainPrisoners of War in Britain, 1793-1815
Tue 31 Jan 2006Robin WebbA Silk Purse from a Pig’s Nose
Tue 7 Feb 2006Ann Dean2000 Years of St Michael’s Street
Tue 14 Feb 2006Deryck HannafordThe Carillon at the Abbey
Fri 24 Feb 2006Dr Susan Mary GrantNew Light on the Lady With the Lamp
Tue 28 Feb 2006Dr J D HillIn Search of the Druids – The Realities of Religion in Iron Age Britain
Tue 7 Mar 2006John WooleyThe Great Train Robbery
Fri 24 Mar 2006Alan FrostRestoration of Windsor Castle – After the Fire
Tue 28 Mar 2006Revd Peter WadsworthRule and Reality – Life in a Great Medieval Abbey
Tue 4 April 2006David DeanSt Albans Historical Landscape post AD1250
Tue 11 April 2006George AtkinsonSt Pancras Station – Midland Link, Thames Link, Euro Link
Fri 28 April 2006William PalinInexhaustible Fancy and Solid Judgement – The Life and Works of Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736)
Tue 9 May 2006Alex ThompsonRomans in the Bulbourne Valley
Tue 16 May 2006David Thorold2000 Years of Coinage
Fri 26 May 2006Anne RoweLost Gardens of Hertfordshire
Tue 5 Sept 2006John Ely,
Shenley Park Trust
New (Herts) parks with historical links
Tue 12 Sept 2006Elizabeth Eastwood, City GuideAn illustrated walk round Wheathampstead
Tue 19 Sept 2006Donato CinicoloHedges in St Albans and the craft of hedgelaying
Fri 29 Sept 2006Barrie TrinderThe Industrial Archaeology of World War II
Tue 3 Oct 2006Jennie Sherwood, Berkhamsted Local History & Museum SocietyBerkhamsted through the ages
Tue 10 Oct 2006Justin JamesRedbournbury watermill – past, present & future
Tue 17 Oct 2006Prof. Burland DSc CBEPropping up Pisa
Fri 27 Oct 2006Alison Dickens, Cambridge University Archaeological UnitArchaeological excavations on the old Robert Sayle site, Cambridge
Tue 31 Oct 2006Duane ParkinThe Tabard – restoration of a 14th century building
Tue 7 Nov 2006R A M HarveyBribery & corruption (St Albans included) – the unreformed electoral system
Tue 14 Nov 2006Jean Peyton, Cathedral GuidePaul of Caen
Fri 24 Nov 2006Jill Barber,
County Local Studies Librarian at HALS
Treasures of the Archives
Tue 28 Nov 2006Heather Falvey, Hertfordshire Record SocietyThe More – Cardinal Wolsey’s palace at Rickmansworth
Tue 5 Dec 2006Irene CowanThe 17th Century Population Research Group


Tue 16 Jan 2007Nicholas Maddex, Codicote Local History SocietyTales & Legends of Mid-Hertfordshire
Fri 26 Jan 2007Kate MorrisTrade and transport on English waterways
Tue 30 Jan 2007Rev Peter WadsworthSt Albans and the Peasants’ Revolt
Tue 6 Feb 2007Peter Hurford OBEMusic in St Albans Abbey, 1958-78 – a personal view
Tue 13 Feb 2007Brian and Kathleen MoodyFrom melons to rugger balls – the history of Holywell House grounds
Fri 23 Feb 2007Gareth HarrisThe Story of Spitalfields
Tue 27 Feb 2007Janet MilesArchaeology – a digger’s eye view
Tue 6 Mar 2007Sam Mullins, Director, London’s Transport Museum and onetime Director, St A MuseumsFrom Dickens to the District Line – passengers’ experience of bus and tube in Victorian and Edwardian London
Tue 20 Mar 2007Miss M WilsonLocal monumental brasses
Fri 30 Mar 2007Sue ShaveChiltern Open Air Museum – A Vision for the Future
Tue 3 Apr 2007Michael Rose, Abbey GuideThe painted ceilings of St Albans Abbey
Tue 17 Apr 2007Norman Oldknow,
Gene Peyton-Jones
and Nancy Page
Revising the Cathedral inventory.
Fri 27 Apr 2007Georgia ButtersPumps, pigs and people – the realities of opening archaeology to the public
Tue 8 May 2007Ann DeanLet’s keep it in the family – the Rowlatts and the Bacons
Fri 25 May 2007Peter StreetThe Great Fire of London
Tue 4 Sep 2007Robert LancasterThe Pioneer Years – Origins and Early Years of Letchworth Garden City
Tue 11 Sep 2007John Cox“Fatty” Cavan – a Hertfordshire Field-Marshal
Tue 18 Sep 2007Gill CordingleyThe Story of St Leonard’s Church – Hertford’s Oldest Building
Tue 25 Sept 2007Chris Green,
Director of St Albans Museums
Useful and beautiful – understanding trade tools from 1500 to the present
Fri 28 Sep 2007Dr Anne StottThe Life of William Wilberforce
Tue 2 Oct 2007Jenny StroudThirteen Months as St Albans Mayor
Tue 9 Oct 2007Jill SingerUncovering Kingsbury Manor
Tue 16 Oct 2007Barbara ChapmanThe Forgotten Historic Landscape of the Leverstock Green Area
Fri 26 Oct 2007Dorian Gerhold,
Trade and Industry Committee, House of Commons
Goods and passenger transport by road before and after the turnpikes – concentrating on road services before turnpiking had a major impact (c.1750/60).
Tue 30 Oct 2007Jane KelsallDissolution of the Monasteries – what happened at St Albans?
Tue 6 Nov 2007Clare EllisHertfordshire – home of the pharmaceutical industry
Tue 13 Nov 2007Dr Jill BarberHertfordshire’s Links with the Slave Trade and its Abolition
Tue 20 Nov 2007David ShortMapping the Past – the Hertfordshire Historical Atlas
Fri 30 Nov 2007Dr Rosamund Bartlett,
University of Oxford
The Edge of Empires – the Story of the Balkans. The history of the Slav countries in South-East Europe.
Tue 4 Dec 2007Dr HowlettFrom Coal Mine to Comet – Reminiscences of Hatfield
Tue 11 Dec 2007Betty Ewens
Gerard McSweeney
Sander – St Albans Orchid King
The Redoubtable Duchess and Her Almshouses


Tue 15 Jan 2008Robert BardElstree – Britain’s Hollywood
Fri 25 Jan 2008David DeanVotes for Sovereigns – Parliamentary elections were once very robust affairs and St Albans was well to the fore in bribery.
Tue 29 Jan 2008Dr Richard SimonsA Butcher’s Daybook – Abbots Langley in 1828
Tue 5 Feb 2008Dr Bill MartinGeophysical Surveys Around Hertfordshire
Tue 12 Feb 2008Jacky BennettApsley Mill and the History of Paper-making
Tue 19 Feb 2008Caroline RawleThe Story of Welwyn Garden City
Fri 29 Feb 2008Kate ColquhounA Thing in Disguise – the Life of Joseph Paxton, Head Gardener at Chatsworth and designer of the Crystal Palace.
Tue 4 Mar 2008Dr Ralph JacksonRoman Medicine
Tue 11 Mar 2008Brian AdamsWays to Annoy the Enemy – St. Albans and the Napoleonic War
Tue 18 Mar 2008The Library StaffThe Arc and Arc Library
Fri 28 Mar 2008George IrelandFrom Family Gold to Family Gout – a Rothschild Inheritance.
Tue 1 Apr 2008Victor LudlowFlags, Feathers and Further Communication Methods
Tue 8 Apr 2008Rev Peter WadsworthSt Albans and The Peasants’ Revolt
Tue 15 Apr 2008Dr Alan McWhirrSt Albans Fire Service – a History
Fri 25 Apr 2008Dr Tom WilliamsonHow Old is the Landscape? What field boundaries can show us about the extent of open fields in medieval Hertfordshire.
Tue 29 Apr 2008Vicky RawlingsThe 150 Cottage – Letchworth G.C. and the 1905 Cheap Cottage Exhibition
Tue 6 May 2008Elaine Beckett, London GuideHeart of Empire – The Story of a London Street Corner
Tue 20 May 2008Peter LawrenceBeneath City Streets – London’s Hidden history
Fri 30 May 2008Harvey WatsonThe First Battle of St Albans, 1455 – the start of the Wars of the Roses.
Tue 9 Sep 2008R S CraskeRedbourn – a Hertfordshire Village through the Ages
Tue 16 Sept 2008Alison Turner-RuggPottage & Porpoises – Medieval Food and Cooking in St Albans
Fri 26 Sep 2008Prof. Michael CooperFive millennia of measuring and mapping the land
Tue 7 Oct 2008Dr Kate ThompsonHousing the Deserving Poor in Hertfordshire – Almshouses and their Inmates
Tue 21 Oct 2008Kate BrethertonSt Albans’ Tree Heritage
Fri 31 Oct 2008Dr Mary HarlowChildhood in the Roman Empire
Tue 11 Nov 2008David ShortHistory of Ashwell
Tue 18 Nov 2008Paul ChamberlainThe Prisoners of Norman Cross
Change of programme
Fri 28 Nov 2008Dr Linda PorterContrary Mary – Mary Tudor
Tue 9 DecKen PeakListed Buildings of London Colney


Tue 13 Jan 2009Prof. Vivian NuttonThe Black Death Revisited – New Problems & Old Solutions
Tue 20 Jan 2009Dr Jonathan HunnThe Gorhambury Landscape
Fri 30 Jan 2009Dr Isobel ThompsonThe work of the Historic Environment Record – Archaeology of St Albans
Tue 10 Feb 2009Ann DeanThe Church of St Michael – a Hidden Treasure
Tue 17 Feb 2009Tudy HillWomen of the Pre – From Leper Hospital to Convent
Fri 27 Feb 2009Judy FaradayPartnership in the Past – John Lewis
Tue 10 Mar 2009Christine AitkenChildwickbury – a Short History
Tue 17 Mar 2009Keith Cheyney &
Margaret Taylor
Serve and Obey – a History of Haberdashers’ Aske’s School
Fri 27 Mar 2009Michael LeapmanInigo Jones and the Hatfield Connection
Tue 7 Apr 2009David PearceHertfordshire You May Have Missed
Fri 24 Apr 2009Prof. Tim HitchcockResearching History Using the Old Bailey Online, 1674–1913
Tue 12 May 2009Richard BoustredThe Palace at Kings Langley – History & Archaeology    Cancelled
Tue 19 May 2009Joan CurranTotternhoe Stone – the Quarries, the Masons and the Buildings
Fri 29 May 2009Lee ProsserThe Restoration of Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage
Tue 8 Sep 2009The Society AGM
followed by:
Brian Adams
Fleetville – the History of a Community in St Albans
Tue 15 Sept 2009Michael StanyonSir John Evans KCB, FRS – an Extraordinary Local Gentleman
Fri 25 Sept 2009Dr Catherine HillsRevisiting Spong Hill – an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Norfolk
Tue 13 Oct 2009Gillian HarveyLord Grimthorpe and other Dragons – the career of Walter Lawrance
Tue 20 Oct 2009Richard BoustredThe Royal Palace of Kings Langley
Fri 30 Oct 2009Prof Michael CooperFor my name and memory – or why St Albans should make more of Francis Bacon
Tue 10 Nov 2009Sam WhitbreadPlain Mr Whitbread
Tue 17 Nov 2009Dave Scott
& Ian Simmons
Wycombe’s Contribution to Aviation
Fri 27 Nov 2009Suzannah LipscombWhat happened to Henry VIII?
Tue 8 Dec 2009Runnals DavisCanal Architecture


Fri 8 Jan 2010New Year Partyat Verulamium Museum   Cancelled
Tue 12 Jan 2010Tom WarehamCommerce and conflict – the early development of London’s docks   Cancelled
Tue 19 Jan 2010John CoxSt. Albans and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Fri 29 Jan 2010Dr Peter BurleyThe Second Battle of St Albans, 17 February 1461
Tue 9 Feb 2010Pat Howe
& Pat Nellist
Social Welfare in St Peter’s Parish, St Albans, 1663–1680
Tue 16 Feb 2010Bob DeardenA brief walk through the history of Shenley
Fri 26 Feb 2010Hugh DaviesEnigma – how breaking the German ciphers in WWII led to the world’s first computer
Tue 9 Mar 2010Peter LawrenceThe Villages of East London
Tue 16 Mar 2010Irene CowanBogislaus Rosen (1572–1658) – a 17th century Estonian Merchant
Fri 26 Mar 2010Catharine ArnoldBedlam – London and its Mad
Tue 13 Apr 2010Zena DickinsonLuton Hoo – past, present and future
Tue 20 Apr 2010Ann DeanLaw and Disorder in St Albans 1750–1900
Fri 30 Apr 2010Dr Mark FreemanPageantry, history and identity – St Albans in the twentieth century
Tue 11 May 2010Jenny SherwoodBerkhamsted trades and industries through the ages
Tue 18 May 2010Peter HugginsThe five churches at Waltham Abbey and the development of the town
Fri 28 May 2010Andrew RudolfThe fair majestic Paradise of Stowe (Pope) – Stowe House and Landscape Gardens
Tue 7 Sept 2010Annual General Meeting
Jon Mein
7.30 pm at Verulamium Museum

Pint Pot versus Coffee Pot: temperance in late-Victorian St Albans

Tue 14 Sept 2010Tom WarehamCommerce and Conflict: the early development of London’s docks
Fri 24 Sept 2010Dr Andrew GardnerThe End of Roman Britain: what ended, when and why?
Tue 5 Oct 2010Stephen HumphreyThe Old Kent Road
Tue 12 Oct 2010Andy ChapmanHistory of Lemsford
Tue 19 Oct 2010Stephen BarnardThe BBC in Wartime
Fri 29 Oct 2010Dr Nick BarrattLost Voices from the Titanic: bringing the past to life
Tue 9 Nov 2010Leo HollisThe Phoenix: the men who made modern London
Tue 16 Nov 2010John BethellDomestic Architecture in St Albans, c 1800
Fri 26 Nov 2010Kate MorrisSt Peter’s in the Borough: a long view of its natural, built and cultural environment
A change from the original programme.
Tue 7 Dec 2010Alan WillmottAn Evening of Old Films


Fri 7 Jan 2011New Year Partyat Verulamium Museum
Tue 11 Jan 2011Eric EdwardsFlamstead: a brief history
Tue 18 Jan 2011Mark PardoeThe Inns and Outs of Pub Names
Fri 28 Jan 2011Ann DeanThe Life and Death of St Albans’ Inns
Tue 8 Feb 2011Peter LawrenceVillages of East London – Part II
Tue 15 Feb 2011Tony CrosbyIndustry in the Market Towns of East Hertfordshire
Fri 25 Feb 2011David FellowsThis Old House: excavations at Chiswick House
Tue 8 Mar 2011Steven DavidsonThe Clocks in the Royal Collection
This is a change from the original programme.
Tue 15 Mar 2011Ann LedgerA City at War: the Home Front
Fri 25 Mar 2011Steven FrankThe Holocaust: a child’s experience
Tue 5 Apr 2011Bob FinchHistorical Snippets of Kimpton
Tue 12 April 2011Robin WebbCromer: last of Hertfordshire’s windmills
Tue 10 May 2011Rev Peter WadsworthThe Day Before Their World Ended: newspapers from just before the First World War
Tue 17 May 2011Colin BellChrist’s Hospital 1552–2011
Fri 27 May 2011Peter DaltonTen Minutes to Noon: a history of Copped Hall
Copped Hall organises practical courses in field archaeology
Tues 6 Sept 2011AGM
Chris Green
7.30 pm at Verulamium Museum
Clock House to Clock Tower
Tues 13 Sept 2011Jane KelsallPublic Statements and Private Lives – British Church Monuments through the Ages
Tues 20 Sept 2011Robin DensemRoman London
Fri 30 Sept 2011Gillian TindallThe Fields Beneath – the history of one London Village
Tues 11 Oct 2011Chris WolmarEngines of War – the influence of railways on warfare.
Tues 18 Oct 2011Gill HarveyMonastic Life in 13th century St Albans – another look at Matthew Paris
Fri 28 Oct 2011Dr Adrian TinniswoodThe Verneys – a true story of love, war and madness in 17th century England
Tues 8 Nov 2011Dr Tim BensonThe Cartoon Century – Modern Britain through the eyes of its cartoonists
To be repeated on 13 March, 2012
Tues 15 Nov 2011Kate MorrisSt Albans’ European links and its Twin Towns
Fri 25 Nov 2011Barbara AskewQueen Victoria – an affectionate portrait
Tues 6 Dec 2011Kevin VartyPictures in the Parlour – the story of the Magic Lantern


Tues 10 Jan 2012Dr Tony CrillySt Albans Down Under – an early settlement in New South Wales
Fri 13 Jan 2012New Year Party7.30pm at Verulamium Museum
Fri 27 Jan 2012Donald MunroPrinting and Publishing in St Albans before 1900 – an Historical Excursion
Tues 7 Feb 2012Roderick DouglasAn Engineer at War – The Falklands 1982
Tues 14 Feb 2012John and Jo BrewsterSir Christopher Wren
Fri 24 Feb 2012Alastair Lansley CBESt Pancras – Europe’s Destination Station
Tues 6 Mar 2012Stephen BarnardBanging the Gong for Britain – J Arthur Rank and Wartime Cinema
Tues 13 Mar 2012Jon MeinThe The Rise and Fall of the Public House in Victorian St Albans.
Tues 20 Mar 2012Stuart WhitefootRoyal Heraldry in St Albans Abbey
Fri 30 Mar 2012Richard LorenThe Restoration of Alexandra Palace after the 1980 fire
Tues 17 Apr 2012Roger MilesKingsbury Barn
Fri 27 Apr 2012Dr Mark FreemanThe story of Adult Education – Hertfordshire in context 1918–1939
Tues 8 May 2012Mollie KennedyEleanor of Castile – She of the Crosses
Tues 15 May 2012Claire MassetDepartment Stores.  Cancelled because the speaker was unwell.
Fri 25 May 2012Kate MorrisWho benefits from education?   A view over time on attitudes and provision and how that was expressed in St Albans.
Tue 4 Sept 2012AGM
David Saxby
At Verulamium Museum
Jacob’s Island / Snowhill Holborn
Tue 18 Sept 2012Leo HollisThe Stones of London.  postponed from January
Fri 28 Sept 2012Professor Clyde BinfieldPugin – Man of Contrasts, Gothic Genius and Revolutionary
Tue 9 Oct 2012Gene MitchellSlum Life in 19th Century Kings Cross (Agar Town and Somerstown) – Life on the Wrong Side of the Tracks
Tue 16 Oct 2012Eileen WallaceChildren of the Labouring Poor
Fri 26 Oct 2012Dr Matthew SymondsTitanic – Archaeology of an Emigrant Ship
Tue 6 Nov 2012Derek MorrisWhitechapel in the 18th Century
Tue 13 Nov 2012Sue FloodThe Delme Redcliffe’s of Hitchin Priory
Tue 20 Nov 2012Dave MusgraveA History of Britain in 20 Places
Fri 30 Nov 2012Dr J D DaviesSamuel Pepys – Man and Myth
Tue 4 Dec 2012Ann DeanThe Life and Work of John Henry Buckingham – 19th Century St Albans Artist


Fri 11 Jan 2013New Year PartyAt Verulamium Museum
Tue 15 Jan 2013Chris GreenNumber One Market Place, St Albans. Life and work next door to the Clock Tower from 1550
Fri 25 Jan 2013Rev Iain LaneGaudi – Inhabited sculpture
Tue 5 FebMike RendellThe everyday life of a London Shopkeeper in the 18th Century
Tue 12 Feb 2013Philippa LewisAn Anatomy of the British House – Looking at Architectural Detail
Fri 22 Feb 2013Dr John SchofieldSt Paul’s Cathedral before Wren
Tue 5 Mar 2013Sue FloodThe Grenfells of Panshanger
Tue 12 Mar 2013Taylor DowningSpies in the Sky
Fri 22 Mar 2013Dr Jan PiggottReflections of Empire
Tue 9 Apr 2013Dorothy Abel SmithThe Role of the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust – Past and Present
Tue 16 Apr 2013Peter AblettThe Boxmoor Trust
Fri 26 Apr 2013Richard GriffithsSt Pancras Hotel – Conservation Cause Celebre
Tue 7 May 2013Stan AmesSecret Wireless Intelligence in WW2
Tue 14 May 2013Chris Green

Jon Mein &
Frank Iddiols

The Clock Tower Photograph

Addition to the published programme: The Story of the St Albans Canal

Tue 21 May 2013Louise RawStriking a Light – The truth about the Bryant & May Matchwomen’s Strike, 1888
Fri 31 May 2013Helen LeiperMr Lancelot Brown and his Hertfordshire Clients
Tue 10 Sept 2013AGM
Prof. Nigel Saul
At Verulamium Museum at 7.30pm
Magna Carta, History and Politics
Tue 17 Sept 2013John LoadmanBrickendonbury and its Place in the History of Hertfordshire
Fri 27 Sept 2013Dr Richard BuckleyGreyfriars, Leicester and the search for Richard III
Tue 8 Oct 2013Stan AmesWireless interception and the Double Cross Operation
Tue 15 Oct 2013Jane KelsallNineteenth-century Royal monuments at Windsor, and what came afterwards
Fri 25 Oct 2013John BrodrickF.W. Kinneir Tarte, Man of Two Words
Tue 5 Nov 2013Prof. Tim ConnellButcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker – The City Livery Companies
Tue 12 Nov 2013Daphne KnottTudor Hertfordshire
Tue 19 Nov 2013Frank IddiolsOrdnance Survey Bench Marks in and around St Albans
Fri 29 Nov 2013Guy AtkinsThe Edwardian Social Network
Tue 3 Dec 2013Laurie ElvinCassiobury – A Walk in the Park
Tue 10 Dec 2013Ian ThompsonGerman U-Boats and the Battle of the Atlantic


Fri 10 Jan 2014New Year’s Party at Verulamium Museum
Tue 14 Jan 2014St Albans in the First World War: Conscription, Conscience & Commerce Dr Julie Moore & Jon Mein
Fri 31 Jan 2014St Albans Abbey in its Medieval Setting


 Brenda Bolton
Tue 11 Feb 2014‘Widow’s Reads’ – Observations from the Wills of 17th Century St Albans Widows


 Pat Howe
Tue 18 Feb 2014The Halseys of Gaddesden, a Hertfordshire family from time out of mind


Nicholas Halsey
Fri 28 Feb 2014Knebworth House and the Lytton familyClaire Fleck
Tue 11 Mar 2014Beech Bottom DykeRoger Miles & Mike North
Tue 18 Mar 2014Early Nineteenth Century St Albans – Gentry TownKate Morris
Fri 28 Mar 2014Stonehenge – New DiscoveriesProfessor Mike Parker Pearson
Tue 8 AprilUnderground, how the Tube shaped LondonSam Mullins
Tue 15 April 2014Episodes from the History of WareDavid Perman
Friday 25 April 2014Medieval Peasant Houses: Did the Black Death cause a Building Boom?Prof. Chris Dyer
Tue 6 May 2014The Sugar Girls – Female workers at Tate & Lyle’s East End FactoriesDuncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi
Tue 13 May 2014The Development of Wrotham Park Mansion from 1750 to 2000Charles Dace
Tue 20 May 2014The Secret Diary of a ChurchgoerRev. Peter Wadsworth
Friday 30 May 2014An Early Commercial Architect in HertfordshireChristopher Blow
Tue 16 Sept 2014AGM and A New Regional Cultural Heritage

Centre of Excellence in St Albans

Chris McIntyre
Fri 26 Sept 2014Dido Belle growing up at Kenwood HouseLaura Houliston
Tue 7 Oct 2014The Thames Ironworks – Then and NowBen Clayton & Gavin Redknap
Tue 14 Oct 2014St Albans, Hertfordshire & the Civil WarDr Alan Thomson
Tue 21 Oct 2014A Personal Exploration of the City of Westminster – Past and Present 

Catherine Longworth

Fri 31 Oct 2014Those Wild Wyndhams

Three Sisters at the Heart of Power

Claudia Renton
Tue 11 Nov 2014London’s Forgotten Children

Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital

Dame Gillian Pugh
Tue 18 Nov 2014Fleetville – the game of consequencesMike Neighbour
Fri 28 Nov 2014Claydon House and the families who lived thereinFrank Preece
Tue 9 Dec 2014From Clapham Junction to Fortress Malta

The archaeology, architecture and history of the island of Malta


Bryan Hanlon


Fri 9 Jan 2015New Year Party – Verulamium Museum

Starting at 7:30pm

Tue 13 Jan 2015Treasures of the Archive

At Verulamium Museum

Marion Hill,  Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
Tue 20 Jan 2015Life on the Home Front

Doing your bit

Maggy Douglas & Patricia Broad
Fri 30 Jan 2015Remembering Robert Hunter

Co-founder of the National Trust

Dr Ben Cowell
Tue 10 Feb 2015Entertainment in Georgian EnglandMike Rendell
Tue 17 Feb 2015A Touch of GlassTony Brown & Gordon Casbeard
Fri 27 Feb 2015Thos Hollis V 18c Republican Eccentric, Benefactor of Harvard University – His family, activities and St Albans connectionsKate Morris
Tue 10 Mar 2015Sensing the Iron Age and Roman Past:

Geophysics and the Archaeology of Hertfordshire

Dr Kris Lockyear
Tue 17 Mar 2015The History of the Nickey LineDavid Abernethy
Fri 27 Mar 2015Discovering an Archive of Local History

The Papers of the Nichols Family of printers and Antiquaries 1745 – 1873, with special reference to St Albans and Hertfordshire

Julian Pooley
Tue 14 Apr 2015Secret LondonMike Beech
Fri 24 Apr 2015‘Magna Carta – its history and what it means to us today’Edward Dawson
Tue 12 May 2015Death from above – German Airship raids on Britain 1915 – 1918Harvey Watson
Tue 19 May 2015Palladianism – Four Centuries of StyleCharles Hind
Fri 29 May 2015The Road to the New Towns: From Utopian Visionaries to the “Men from the Ministry”Matthew Bristow
Tue 15 Sept 2015Annual General Meeting followed by

The Sandridge Hoard

David Thorold

Fri 25 Sept 2015

The Battle of Waterloo 2015 – New PerspectivesJohn Morewood



Tue 6 Oct 2015

Will the Real John Carrington stand up!Sue Flood
Tue 13 Oct 2015Piers of the RealmAnthony Wills

Tue 20 Oct 2015

Gardens fit for a Queen –

The New Gardens of Kensington Palace

Todd  Longstaffe-Gowan



Fri 30 Oct 2015

Pocket Rome – Chiswick House

Lord Burlington & William Kent

Laurence Rich



Tue 10 Nov 2015

The German Cruiser – ‘Emden’ – the story of the great World War 1 sea raiderIan Thompson



Tue 17 Nov 2015

Geoffrey de Havilland, Two Old Houses and

Freeman’s Folly

Mike Garrick



Fri 27 Nov 2015

Those Wild Wyndhams – Three Sisters a! the Heart of Power


 Claudia Renton

Tue 8 Dec 2015

Horace Warner and his Spitalfield NippersThe Gentle Author



Fri 8 Jan 2016New Year Party – Verulamium Museum
Tue 12 Jan 2016The High Sheriff’s Role Past and PresentFergus McMullen
Tue 19 Jan 2016The Secret Wireless WarStephen Barnard
Fri 29 Jan 2016Cyril Swinson and the 1948/1953 PageantsPeter Swinson
Tue 9 Feb 2016Metro-Land – The coming of the Underground to Hertfordshire.Graham Boseley
Tue 16 Feb 2016Nouveaux Riches to Nouveaux Pauvres

The Story of the Macalpine-Lenys

Ian Macalpine-Leny

Fri 26 Feb 2016

When the British ruled Germany after the end of the Second World WarDr Christopher Knowles



Tue 8 Mar 2016

The ‘Boffins’ of World War 1


Taylor Downing



Fri 18 Mar 2016

Motives of the First Crusades


Prof. Jonathan Phillips



Tue 5 Apr 2016

The Gresham Ship – An Armed Elizabethan

Merchantman wrecked in the Thames


Gustav Milne



Tue 12 Apr 2016

The Rev Small and the missing £20,000


Jonathan Mein



Fri 22 Apr 2016

London’s Lea Valley – Britain’s Best Kept SecretDr James Lewis



Tue 10 May 2016

Beaumonts – A story of Two Manors


Mike Neighbour



Fri 20 May 2016

Pompeii and Herculaneum – Their Life and Death


Dr Paul Roberts





Tue 13 Sept 2016AGMThe AGM will be followed by the launch of the Society’s new book, St Albans: Life on the Home Front, 1914-1918
Tue 20 Sept 2016David PriorRemember, Remember, the Fifth of November
Fri 30 Sept 2016Kate HarwoodCapabilities of Hertfordshire’s Landscapes
Tue 11 Oct 2016Adam SmithBuilding Georgian Towns
Tue 18 Oct 2016Michael KnightMilestones and Turnpike Roads
Fri 28 Oct 2016Matthew Saunders MBESaving Churches – The Work of The Friends of Friendless Churches
Tue 8 Nov 2016Stephen BarnardPack up your Troubles- The Story of a Wartime Song
Tue 15 Nov 2016Neil TaylorThe Iron Curtain – The Cold War and After
Fri 25 Nov 2016John CampbellPistols at Dawn – Two Hundred Years of Political Rivalry from Pitt and Fox to Blair and Brown
Tue 6 Dec 2016Duncan Barrett & Nuala CalviThe Girls who went to war

At Verulamium Museum.


Fri 6 Jan 2017New Year Party7.30pm at Verulamium Museum
Tue 10 Jan 2017Peter DoyleBritish Postcards of the First World War – Humour and Reality
Tue 17 Jan 2017Patrick McNeillThe Logbooks of St Helen’s School, Wheathampstead

*At Verulamium Museum*

Fri 27 Jan 2017Dr Geoffrey TyackThe Man who transformed London
Tue 7 Feb 2017The Gentle AuthorThe Cries of London
Tue 14 Feb 2017Mike NeighbourWhat lies beneath
Fri 24 Feb 2017Prof. James G. ClarkWar among the Ruins – Medieval Heritage and the First World War
Tue 7 Mar 2017Hugh HowesWind, Water and Steam – the Story of Hertfordshire’s Mills
Tue 14 Mar 2017Taylor DowningThe Making of the epic 1916 propaganda film – The Battle of the Somme
Fri 24 Mar 2017Paul LangstonHertfordshire Almshouses
Tue 4 Apr 2017Dr Katharine Keats-RohanWallingford Castle and the Road to Regicide
Tue 11 Apr 2017Dr Simon HefferThe Age of Decadence
Fri 21 Apr 2017Prof. Jonathan PhillipsSaladin – Life and Legend – From the Medieval Age to the 21st Century
Tue 9 May 2017Jeremy GoldsmithThe Hanseatic League
Fri 19 May 2017Adrian TinniswoodThe Long Weekend – Life in the English Country House between the Wars
Tue 12 Sept 2017Louise FowlerAGM 7.30pm followed at 7.45 pm by Louise Fowler:

Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men; excavations at the Royal London Hospital

Tue 19 Sept 2017Professor Carenza LewisPlague pits – reconstructing the impact of the Black Death on rural communities
 Fri 29 Sept 2017 Christian WolmarFire & Steam – How the Railways changed Britain
Tue 10 Oct 2017 Jon Mein Public Commemoration and the Great War, 1914-1925
Tue 17 Oct 2017 Dr Andrew FitzpatrickSearching For Julius Caesar
Fri 27 Oct 2017 Dr Jaromir MalekThe Tomb of Tutankhamun: Fact and Fiction
Tue 7 Nov 2017 Christine AitkenChildwickbury: A Short History
Tue 14 Nov 2017Dr Isobel ThompsonHow Hertfordshire entered the Roman Empire
Fri 24 Nov 2017 Katherine WattsTransforming historical buildings – St Albans Old Town Hall

At St Albans School

Tue 5 Dec 2017 Kris LockyearVerulamium Revealed


Fri 5 Jan 2018New Year Party    7.30 pm

Verulamium Museum

Tue 9 Jan 2018Nik Pringle180 Years of Policing in St Albans
Tue 16 Jan 2018John MorewoodWaterloo General
Fri 26 Jan 2018Professor James G ClarkThe People of St Albans and their Abbey

At St Albans School

Tue 6 Feb 2018Mark Pardoe London Underground
Tue 13 Feb 2018Helen Fry The M Room Trent Park
Fri 23 Feb 2018Viscountess Grimston History & architecture of 18th century Gorhambury
Tue 6 Mar 2018Professor James Walvin Slavery in Small Things: Slavery & Modern Culture
Tue 13 Mar 2018Nathen Amin The House of Beaufort
Fri 23 Mar 2018Neil Taylor Estonia: 100 Years of Independence
Tue 10 Apr 2018Duncan Barrett Men of Letters: The Post Office during WW2
Tue 17 Apr 2018Philip Hook Rogues Gallery
Fri 27 Apr 2018John Campbell Roy Jenkins: The best PM we never had
Tue 15 May 2018Karin Kaye Transforming Historical buildings with particular reference to St Albans
Fri 1 Jun 2018 Mark Knight Must Farm Excavation
Tues 11 Sep 2018AGM
Kate Harwood
7.30 pm at the church followed by
Repton and the Regency Park and Garden in Hertfordshire
Tues 18 Sep 2018Richard Luscombe
and John Wallace
Wrest Park – Thomas Archer’s Pavilion
Tues 25 Sep 2018Louis BerkWhitechapel in 50 Buildings
Tues 9 Oct 2018Dr Peter BurleyMarshalswick Mansion & St Albans’s Country House Heritage
Tues 16 Oct 2018Dr Martin HolmesNeville Chamberlain: A Reputation Restored
Tues 23 Oct 2018Dr Frances HarrisThe General in Winter: Marlborough / Godolphin relationship
Tues 6 Nov 2018Ross LaneThe Monks’ Graveyard Excavation: Finding a Lost Abbot
at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban
Tues 13 Nov 2018Dr Kris LockyearLamer Park
Tues 20 Nov 2018Prof. Stephen
Sir Thomas Gresham’s Exchange

Tues 4 Dec 2018

Robin OllingtonSt Albans School in World War Two


Fri 11 Jan 2019New Year Party7.30 pm at Verulamium Museum
Tue 15 Jan 2019Louise FowlerLondon Mithraeum: A New Home for the Temple of Mithras
Tue 22 Jan 2019Julia MerrickFrom Farm to Avenue

(Note: this replaces the previously advertised talk)

Tue 5 Feb 2019Duncan BarrettHitler’s British Isles
Tue 12 Feb 2019Patrick McNeill

& Peter Jeffreys

The Rise & Fall of the Pubs of Wheathampstead 1830-1914
Tue 19 Feb 2019Francesca WealSomething Old, Something New: Conservation Architecture in Practice
Tue 5 Mar 2019Dr Yaromir MalekThe City of Memphis: Egypt Herself
Tue 12 Mar 2019Fabian HiscockAn Eligible Project: The Economic Impact of the Grand Junction Canal on West Hertfordshire 1791-1841
Tue 19 Mar 2019John Morewood‘Five days of tumult’ – the 1810 mutiny of the Local Militia in St Albans and its unforeseen consequences
Tue 2 Apr 2019John CoxJim Forrester (later 5th Earl of Verulam) and the Unemployed in South Wales, 1931-1947
Tue 9 Apr 2019Prof. Margot FinnThe East India Company at Home: in and beyond Hertfordshire
Tue 16 Apr 2019Dr Neil FaulknerLawrence of Arabia: Excavating a Legend in the Deserts of Southern Jordan
Tue 7 May 2019Simon West25 Years of Highlights in Archaeology in St Albans
Tue 14 May 2019Richard GriffithsTrials, Tribulations & Triumphs of being Cathedral Architect at St Albans for 17 years
Tue 21 May 2019Dr James LewisLondon’s Lea Valley: Britain’s best kept secret?
Tue 10 SeptemberAnn Dean,  Dr Tony Berk, Rob Weston“A fiver for your vote, Sir?” Bribery and corruption in St Albans, 1850
Tue 17 SeptemberHelen GibsonHugh Myddelton and the New River
Tue 24 SeptemberRebecca Rideal1666: Plague, War and Hellfire
Tue 8 OctoberEmma JeffreyA landscape through time: excavations along the A14
Tue 15 OctoberDr Katrina NavickasThe Peterloo Massacre of 1819 and its significance in the history of democracy in Britain
Tue 22 OctoberJon MeinThe decline of the many inns of St Albans, 1660-1850
Tue 5 NovemberAlison MollerThe history of the garden and grounds of Wimpole Hall
Tue 12 NovemberDr Ian St JohnDisraeli and the historians
Tue 19 NovemberDr Yannis GalankisDiscovering a monumental Mycenaen tomb in central Greece
Tue 3 DecemberRobin OllingtonBefore they fade; recollections of Chelsea pensioners


Tue 14 JanuarySimon LangsdaleThomas Ward Blagg
Tue 21 JanuaryDr Martin HolmesHarold Wilson: a reputation revised
Tue 4 FebruaryRyan ButterfieldHeritage, conservation and modern practice.
Tue 18 FebruaryAnthony OliverMaritime St Albans
Tue 3 MarchStephen Williams and Jean YatesThe origins of the Grand National in St Albans
Tue 10 MarchEmily GeeHousing for Victorian and Edwardian working women
Note: Lectures and other SAHAAS events were suspended on Government advice due to coronavirus. The lecture programme resumed online via ‘Zoom’ in the Autumn.
Tue 15 SeptemberSandy WalkingtonMigration, Food and the St Albans Experience
Tue 22 SeptemberPhilippa HurstThe Americas: Old World or New World
Tue 6 OctoberDr Peter BurleyWhy the Barons came to St Albans
Tue 13 OctoberSarah KeelingSetting up and Exhibition
Tue 20 OctoberDr Mark FreemanPageants, Community and the Past: Reflection on a historical research project
Tue 3 NovemberJohn MorewoodThe Struggle to end slavery and the slave trade 1802-1843: the forgotten role of Henry Brougham
Tue 10 NovemberKris LockyearA Hertfordshire landscape: from Bronze Age to Medieval
Tue 17 NovemberDr Tony BerkThe origins and history of Harpenden
Tue 1 DecemberKate MorrisJohn Fothergill and St Albans’ Interaction with the Industrial Revolution


Tue 12 JanuaryRebecca Rideal1666: Plague, War and Hellfire
Tue 19 JanuaryDr David RundleThe literary legacy of Humfrey Duke of Gloucester – linking the Bodleian Library and St Albans
Tue 2 FebruaryDr Seb FalkThe Light Ages: the monks and machines of medieval St Albans
Tue 9 FebruaryFrank IddiolsSt Albans Ordnance Survey Mapping with special reference to the centenary of the National Datum
Tue 16 FebruaryPhilippa Parker and Janet CapstickIndustrial Letchworth: The First Garden City, 1903-20
Tue 2 MarchClare B. DimyonQuaker Service in Russia: draining the marshes of St Petersburg, 1817-40
Tue 9 MarchJon Mein The Red Lion: the 500-year story of a St Albans inn
Tue 16 MarchDr Wendy MorrisonBeacons of the Past – investigating a prehistoric Chilterns Landscape
Tue 6 AprilLaura SpinneyThe Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it changed the world
Tue 13 AprilLyn BlackmoreThe Prittlewell Prince – an Anglo Saxon burial chamber in its local and wider context
Tue 20 AprilProf. Margot Finn, Sarah Lloyd, Rebecca FinnThe Future of History: the next 176 years
Tue 4 MayProf. Jonathan MorrisCoffee: a global history
Tue 11 MayChris BennettApsley Cherry-Garrard: Hertfordshire’s antarctic explorer
Tue 18 MayRichard GriffithsRegeneration in East London: Toynbee Hall, the London Dock and the Royal London Hospital
Tue 15 JuneDr Peter BurleyWhat did the River Tyburn ever do for us?
Tue 22 JuneKris Lockyear, Jon Mein, and Jill Singer‘Poking and Prying with a Purpose’ – the joys, triumphs and tribulations of research.