How the 'Arc and Arc' made St Albans history

Sutherland’s view of the Clock Tower and water pump, c.1812 (St Albans Museums)

This year (2020), the St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society (the “Arc and Arc’ for short) celebrates its 175th Anniversary, a remarkable achievement for a voluntary society.

The Arc and Arc is amongst the oldest history societies in the United Kingdom, and we’ve been planning to celebrate its foundation with a major exhibition in the summer at the St Albans Museum & Gallery and a gala lecture by Professor Michael Wood, of both academic and television fame.

Now, of course, these plans have had to be postponed, though do look out for an online version of the exhibition in June 2020. In the meantime, as a taster, here is an illustrated talk about the Society’s achievements that givenĀ to the Kingsbury Women’s Institute by the Society’s President, Sandy Walkington, in February 2020.

Bear in mind that the recording was made for archive rather than broadcast purposes, so the sound quality is not of the best, though you should find it quite audible. We hope you enjoy it, and that you are able to come and see our exhibition when it is eventually rescheduled in the St Albans Museum & Gallery.

Click on this link to hear Sandy’s talk.

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