DUNSTABLE AND DISTRICT
LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY
EVENTS

 
Jack Train, star of Itma, at Houghton Regis Gymkhana
2017  
June 13

Coach trip to Saffron Walden

July 11

Boat trip at Bedford

There will be a three-hour river cruise on the John Bunyan river boat.

Sept 12

London 1854 and the Crystal Palace

The second episode of Michael Gilbert's series of talks about Victorian London.

Oct 10

Chiltern Radio – the Hot FM

Colin Mason, founder of Dunstable's first radio station, is joined by programme controller Phil Fothergill to tell its story.

Nov 14

Roald Dahl's War

Before he became so well-known for his children's books, Roald Dahl wrote vivid stories based on his own war-time experiences. Graham Laurie described what happened.

(This is a postponed talk originally scheduled for last year)

Dec 12

Christims Meeting

To be arranged

   
2018  
Jan 9

First Citizen

John Chatterley screens some of the numerous photos he has taken of Dunstable events, and talks about the work of the town's Mayor. He was himself Mayor in 2013-14.

Feb 13

Two Artists in Bedfordshire

David Turner features the work of the artists George Shepherd and Thomas Fisher who produced scenes of Bedfordshire in the early 19 th century.

Mar 13

John Benet's Chronicle

John Benet, a local clergyman in the 15th century, produced a diary of events which is now an invaluable source for historians. Stephen Williams screens pages from the original manuscript and also talks about Benet's famous local contemporaries who included composer John Dunstable and church ambassador John of Wheathampstead.

Apr 10

Failed To Return

Popular speaker Tony Eaton talks about the fatal flights of pioneer Amy Johnson and film star Leslie Howard, who crashed in the sea and whose bodies were never recovered.

(This is a postponed talk originally scheduled for last year)

May 8

The Rebel Preacher

Jeremy Walker tells the tale of the turbulent life of Edward Harrison, who served in the Parliamentary garrison at Newport Pagnell during the civil war and who, as a well-known leader of non-conformist religion, was famously appointed to replace the vicar of Kensworth.