Recent Talks & Visits

This category includes articles on talks given at Local History Society meetings, and on group visits associated with talks.

Page link: Passionate about Farming around Harpenden
Passionate about Farming around Harpenden
Report on a talk by Jamie Burrows on 26 February 2019
Page link: 'Life and Death during World War I'
'Life and Death during World War I'
William (Bill) and Leonard (Len) Fisher
Page link: My 300 Years of Harpenden History -  Part II: 1823 onwards
My 300 Years of Harpenden History - Part II: 1823 onwards
The turbulent lives of Peter Wilson's ancestor, Peter Parrot and his associates
Page link: Remembering the Coronation of 1953
Remembering the Coronation of 1953
A summary of the talk given by John Seabrook at the Society's meeting on 24 October 2017.
Page link: Salisbury Hall and the de Havilland Aircraft Company
Salisbury Hall and the de Havilland Aircraft Company
Summary of a talk given by Alistair Hodgson at the Society's meeting held on 23 January 2018.
Page link: Lawes and Gilbert: an unlikely Victorian agricultural partnership
Lawes and Gilbert: an unlikely Victorian agricultural partnership
Report of a talk given by Roger Plumb at the Society's meeting held on 28 June 2017.
Page link: My Dream Job at the BBC Natural History Unit
My Dream Job at the BBC Natural History Unit
Summary of a talk given by Mike Salisbury OBE at the Society's meeting held on 22nd May 2017.
Page link: Harpenden, Batford and the Danelaw Boundary
Harpenden, Batford and the Danelaw Boundary
A report on the presentation given to the Society by Alexander Thomas on 22 March 2016.
Page link: Living on the Common: a landscape history of Harpenden Common
Living on the Common: a landscape history of Harpenden Common
Report of a talk given to the Society on 20 September 2016 by Anne Rowe, freelance historian
Page link: F. H. Crittall: Metal Windows and Modernism
F. H. Crittall: Metal Windows and Modernism
Report of a talk given to the Society on 26 April 2016 by Adam Smith.
Page link: Being Prepared: A Brief History of Scouting
Being Prepared: A Brief History of Scouting
Report of a talk to the Society at the Society's meeting held on 23 February 2016.
Page link: Before the Developers got at it: Harpenden 1945-1960
Before the Developers got at it: Harpenden 1945-1960
Report of a talk to the Society at the Society's meeting held on 26 January 2016.
Page link: The Spy who is buried in Harpenden
The Spy who is buried in Harpenden
Report of Dr John Versey's talk to the Society on 23 June 2015
Page link: Time Flies at Old Warden - the history of the Shuttleworth Collection
Time Flies at Old Warden - the history of the Shuttleworth Collection
Report of a talk by Debbie Land to the Society on 22 September 2015
Page link: Edward Wilson (1872-1912), Explorer, Naturalist and Artist on Scott's Polar Expeditions
Edward Wilson (1872-1912), Explorer, Naturalist and Artist on Scott's Polar Expeditions
A talk to the Society by Dr. Isobel Williams at a meeting held on 29 April 2014.
Page link: Frank Salisbury - Artist in Stained Glass
Frank Salisbury - Artist in Stained Glass
A talk by Nigel McMurray to the Society on 22 October 2013
Page link: The Life and Times of Charles Hill
The Life and Times of Charles Hill
Talk by Susan Fairbairn, daughter of the late "Radio Doctor", on 25 February 2014
Page link: From Pint Pot to Coffee Pot: Breweries and the Temperance Movement.
From Pint Pot to Coffee Pot: Breweries and the Temperance Movement.
A talk by Jon Mein to the Society on 24 September 2013
Page link: Delving into Harpenden Shops
Delving into Harpenden Shops
Talk by Geoff Woodward
Page link: Elmfield School
Elmfield School
Illustrations from a talk by Judy Hamblin and Margaret Hewitt on 29 January 2013.
Page link: Frank Owen Salisbury 1874 - 1962
Frank Owen Salisbury 1874 - 1962
'Britain's Painter Laureate'
Page link: Batford Springs: Harpenden's local nature reserve
Batford Springs: Harpenden's local nature reserve
A talk given by Oliver Randall to the Society on 25 September 2012.
Page link: From Arkwright to Mayor
From Arkwright to Mayor
Talk by Michael Weaver, June 2012
Page link: The Civil War in Hertfordshire - 1642-1647
The Civil War in Hertfordshire - 1642-1647
Talk to the Society by Dr Alan Thompson, September 2011