Buckden Local History Society

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Programme 2018 - 2019

 Meetings are held at The Claret Centre, Buckden Towers

At 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month

September 5th - 2018

Genealogy - using social media for family history   by Robert Parker

Robert is a Cambridgeshire based qualified and experienced Genealogist who delivers talks and research services for those interested in tracing their ancestors. He has been researching his own family history for over 25 years.

October 3rd

Haunted Buckden by Mark Egerton

After years of hands on research Mark published his first book last year. Part of his research was carried out in Buckden and this talk will be tailored to the village.

November 7th

1918 - Victory and Fake News

by Barry Jobling

One hundred years later, we examine the events of 1918, the Armistice and the aftermath.

December 5th

Norman Cross - Napoleonic Prisoner of War Camp

by Paul Chamberlain

Paul Chamberlain is an author and historian of the Napoleonic era. He is an authority on prisoners of war in the period 1793-1815 and was heavily involved in the Eagle Memorial restoration at Norman Cross. Paul’s book was published earlier this year.

January 9th - 2019

The Secret Life of Sweets

by David Learner

A romp through five millennia of luxury from Montezuma to the mega sour. Each of the audience may take away a sweet treat, and it's the social history of those sweets that form the backbone of the talk. 

February 6th

Huntingdonshire Manors and Records

by Philip Saunders

For centuries the Manor was a pivotal institution in English society, with

interests in property, trade and agriculture. Philip will be tailoring his talk to include information about Buckden.

March 6th

Buckden Palace - an unauthorised history

by Barry Jobling

An overview of the Palace’s history and buildings from Norman times to the 1950s, illustrated with many previously unseen images.

April 3rd

Roman Archaeology in Cambridgeshire

by Kate Hadley

The talk, accompanied by photographs, will tell a story about items that Roman and Iron Age people greatly treasured for their ability to persuade the gods to protect them.

May 1st

RAF Tempsford

by Steve Harris (TBC)

Steve Harris’ website: www.tempsford.20m.com will provide a taster of the evening ahead.

June 5th   AGM and Talk

Chairman: Barry Jobling      Vice Chairman: Clive Thompson

Treasurer: Eric Nash              Secretary: Richard Storey

Committee Members

Les Button       Richard Dickinson

 Fiona Shirley

Founded in 1979, the Society aims to promote the study and knowledge of local history in its very widest sense, primarily by means of talks on all manner of topics in any way connected with the subject and will be pleased to promote individual or group research into local history projects.

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Buckden Local History Society is affiliated to the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History.

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Annual Subscription   £16.00    Visitor Fees   £4.00