Programme - Halstead & District Local History Society

Halstead & District Local History Society

Halstead & District Local History Society
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All events take place at 7:30pm in the Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead unless otherwise stated
Our programme may change at short notice due to circumstances outside our control

The following programme is provisional and will be updated in line with the latest COVID-19 guidance.
July 2021
Visit to Ashley Cooper's Hill Farm Museum, Gestingthorpe (society members only)
Meet at Hill Farm at 7pm. Limited spaces, full details in the May occasional newsletter.
Unfortunately this visit had to be cancelled due to unforseen circumstances

September 2021
“One Day in the Battle of Britain: October 29th 1940”
Neil Wiffen will give an overview of the battle with a focus on one of the last days which saw quite a major attack on North Weald.

October 2021
“Celebrating Suffolk Women”
Suffolk historian Sarah Doig will present a pot-pourri of stories about the county’s famous and not so well-known women.

November 2021
‘One Hundred Years of Motor Sport in Essex’
John Frankland will tell us about the various venues involved in motor racing from 1899 onwards. From Malcolm Campbell at Laindon in the 1930s to Boreham Airfield hosting an early Formula 1 race in 1952.
December 2021
More images of old and new Halstead, followed by our Christmas drinks and nibbles!
January 2022
Society Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be followed by a talk from one of the society members.
February 2022
Radio Caroline, the True Story of the Boat That Rocked
Well known radio presenter and author, Ray Clark, will tell us all about the days of the watery wireless!!
March 2022
A Sailor’s Life (Is a Merry Life!)
Phil Lyons returns to relate a social history of the lives of seamen in the time of Nelson, covering topics such as recruitment, food, drink, clothing, women, discipline, battle, shipwreck and survival.  
April 2022
The Medieval Cloth Industry in Suffolk
Dr Nick Amor will be telling us about this important trade and how it developed from the 12th century onwards. Nick is chairman of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History and an honorary fellow of the University of East Anglia.
May 2022
Pigments and Perseverance
Polly Saltmarsh is an accredited paintings conservator who works for various institutions including the National Portrait Gallery, National Trust and the Church of England.  The talk will look at the role of a paintings conservator – when does a painting require conservation and what does it involve? Illustrated with photographs from recent projects the talk will cover the variety of skills a conservator has to draw on while conserving the nation’s cultural heritage.
June 2022
Visit to be arranged
July 2022
Visit to be arranged
September 2022
To be arranged
October 2022
To be arranged
November 2022
To be arranged
December 2022
Christmas Gathering
More images of old and new Halstead, followed by our Christmas drinks and nibbles!
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