(Evening meetings start at 8.00pm unless otherwise indicated)


Wednesday 17th  January     (Memorial Hall, Green Room)

‘Hitchin on film’  Perhaps surprisingly, a century ago Hitchin was at the forefront of cinematography and cinema. Liz Bembridge & Bob Malcolm will present a set of films taken in Hitchin from the time of the coronation of George V in 1911 to the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Hitchin plait market in its heyday.


Wednesday 21st February    (Memorial Hall, Green Room)

‘The Luton Hat Industry’ Hat maker Philip Wright, a member of the longest family line of hat makers in Britain, will explain both the history of the Luton hat industry, including the use of local village straw plaiters, and the position today. Examples of some Luton made hats will accompany the talk and may be tried on!


Wednesday 21st March         (Memorial Hall, Green Room)

AGM for first 15 minutes, then

‘From the Archives’: John Pollington will give an illustrated talk, based on some of the information we hold in our archives about Kimpton.


Wednesday 18th April           (Memorial Hall, Green Room)

‘St Albans in the Great War: Conscription, Conscience and Commerce’    During 1916-18, St Albans military service tribunal considered applications for exemption from conscription from 1,050 men. Jon Mein & Maggy Douglas will tell us how the tribunal dealt with the controversy of the city’s conscientious objectors and the effect of the tribunal’s decisions on local industry.


Saturday 5th May & Sunday 6th May            (Church House, Kimpton)

May Festival Weekend – The History Group’s Exhibition,

with videos, photos and displays on historic happenings in and around  Kimpton over the last century and before.


                        Wednesday 16th May            (Memorial Hall, Lounge)

‘The Amazing Jill Grey’  We welcome back Andy Gibbs, of the British Schools Museum in Hitchin, to introduce us to the life and legacy of Jill Grey, whose collection forms a large part of the Museum's archive.


Wednesday 20th June            (Site visit)

Summer outing.  We are planning a trip, probably to Gorehambury House. It is, however, undergoing restoration and so details have to be confirmed as they have not been released yet.


Wednesday 18th July            (Hitchin visit)

Hitchin walking tour – part 2: Elizabeth Eastwood will again take us on a walking tour. She will reveal to us yet more of the historic market town of Hitchin, to which she introduced us last year. Meet at the school at 6.30pm to share lifts, with suggested parking in Hitchin on Queen Street on opposite side of river from St. Marys (free after 6pm). Then meet at the Market Place outside the Corn Exchange (now ‘the Pitcher and Piano’) at 7pm. A contribution of £4 per head is requested. Contact June, 832754, if you would like to come, need a lift or could share transport.




Wednesday 19th September  (Memorial Hall, Green Room)

‘Show, Guess and Tell evening’  After our very successful first such event last year, we again invite each of you to bring along ‘something of historical interest’ which can be simply shown to the group with a few words, or you could ask us to guess its usage or history. If you don’t want to speak yourself then, suitably briefed, one of the committee will do it for you.


Wednesday 17th October      (Memorial Hall, Green Room)

‘Medieval Walkern’  We welcome Janet Woodall, founder and chairman of Walkern History Society. Janet has written a book tracing more than a 1000 years of the history of this charming village. She will focus her talk on its medieval past and share with us her extensive research.


Wednesday 21st November  (Memorial Hall, Green Room)

(Subject to be advised)


Wednesday 19th December   (Memorial Hall, Green Room)

Christmas Party  A lively evening of entertainment will be arranged. Members will be asked to bring a plate of food for the buffet, and to pay a contribution towards wine/soft drinks. Guests are welcome to join in the fun, which will start at 8.00pm.


Wednesday 16th January 2019            (Memorial Hall, Green Room)

(Subject to be advised)