Dec 12

Dunstable Discoveries

Archaeologist Hannah Firth makes a welcome return to the society with news of the latest historical excavations in the area, plus a few light-hearted quiz questions. As usual, seasonal food will be served at this event for which tickets, priced £5, must  be purchased in advance. They have now all been sold.

Jan 9

History of Luton Town FC

Roger Wash, of Dunstable, is the football club historian and chairman of Hatters Heritage. His vast collection of Luton Town material is the basis for his Powerpoint talk about the highs and lows of the Kenwilworth Road club, founded in 1885.

Feb 13

The Admiral, the Rector and Long John Silver

Weird and wonderful stories about Bedfordshire churches and their ministers, recounted by David Longman.

Mar 12

The Mossman Collection

George Mossman assembled a large collection of horse-drawn carriages from many different periods at his farm in Caddington. On his death they were donated to the museum at Stockwood Park, Luton. An illustrated talk will be given by Elise Naish, head of Heritage and Collections at the Culture Trust, Luton.

The talk will be followed by the society’s annual meeting.

Apr 9

Pictures In The Parlour

Long before the invention of cinema and television, Victorian audiences marvelled at the entertainment provided by magic lantern shows. Kevin Varty uses vintage equipment and a valuable collection of hand-painted glass slides to outline the history of these early image projectors.

May 14

Pioneering Women In Motoring

Debbie Land talks about some of the women who paved the way to the motoring world we know today. As part of her "magnificent women" series she spotlights racers, innovators and speed queens, as well as law-makers and law-breakers.

June, July and August. The society's summer break.
Sept 10

The British Civil Wars, 1642-51, In Art

The Civil Wars, which had a significant impact on Dunstable, have been the subject of numerous works of art, some well-known and others largely forgotten. Stephen Barker, a heritage advisor who is trustee of the military museum at Buckingham, talks about some important moments in the conflict as illustrated by paintings made at the time and in the Victorian era.