He takes over from Helen Bishop
The Society is delighted to announce that, at our recent AGM [September 2017], Sandy Walkington was elected as our new president, from 2017 through to 2020.
In her retiring presidential address, Helen Bishop referred to the achievements of the Society over the past few years: publishing two books, moving its library to Sandridge Gate and raising money for the St Albans New Museum and Art Gallery project.
Upon his election, Sandy made a small presentation to Helen on behalf of the Society’s Council and then spoke, saying it was an immense honour to have been asked to be President of SAHAAS. “The Society has a remarkable history as the premier history society in Hertfordshire, with over 500 members who between them have formidable knowledge and skills. The Society effectively saved St Albans Clock Tower, it founded the former City Museum in Hatfield Road – and is an enthusiastic supporter of the new Town Hall museum project – and it was the prime mover in the excavations of Verulamium by Sir Mortimer Wheeler. We are 173 years young and our job is to continue to hold a torch for our local heritage and history. We do that through excellent publications, a significant programme of distinguished lectures, and a number of different study groups drilling down into aspects of our city and county. People come to St Albans because it is special. SAHAAS holds the corporate memory of what makes it so special and unique.”
We welcome Sandy and look forward to working with him.