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The CHAS lecture programme

Combined Hertfordshire Archaeological Societies (CHAS), Covid and zoom.

As physical lecture meetings are not possible due to the covid-19 pandemic, a group of archaeological and local historical societies have joined forces to present a series of talks via zoom.  The contributing groups are:

  • The Welwyn Archaeological Society
  • The East Hertfordshire Archaeological Society
  • The North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society
  • The Norton Community Archaeology Group
  • The South-West Hertfordshire Archaeological and Historical Society
  • The Hertfordshire Association for Local History

CHAS lectures

Lectures as part of the CHAS series need to be booked via Eventbrite.  They are free, but we need to set a limit to the number of tickets available in order to keep the cost of the zoom licence to a reasonable level.  Please keep an eye on this page as new talks will be added as-and-when the details become available.

Past talks

Keith Fitzpatrick Matthews: King Arthur: man or myth?

Helen Gibson: Timber framed buildings of Hertfordshire and Essex.

Marion Hill, Hertfordshire and the Slave Trade.

John Duffy, LP and the archaeology of Bishop’s Stortford.

Dr Jarrod Burks, Hopewell Earthworks in Ohio, USA: Rediscovering Ancient (200 BC-AD 400) Monuments.

Katy Whitaker, The Origins of the Sarsen Megaliths at Stonehenge. 

Wendy Morrison, Beacons of the Past: our growing understanding of a Chilterns palimpsest. (Cancelled due to ill health.)

Sophie Adams, The Havering Hoard – a Late Bronze Age find baffling experts or bolstering opinions?

Future talks

22nd March 2020, 7.45pm. Professor Tom Williamson, Rendlesham in Context: topography and territory in early medieval East Anglia.

The HALH winter 2021 online lectures

Following the success of the online symposium, the HALH have decided to sponsor a series of three talks on local history in the County.  These meetings are free to all, and tickets are available from Eventbrite.  In the first instance, there are 100 places available.

20th January 2020, 8pm. Dr Elaine Saunders, Policing Hertfordshire before ‘The Police’.

17th February 2020, 8pm. Dr James Bettley FSA, ‘Few counties are as interesting as Herts’: revising Pevsner’s Hertfordshire.

17th March 2020, 8pm. Dr Alan Thomson, Hertfordshire’s health in the seventeenth century.

HALH Symposium 2020: the Country House at War (completed)

This symposium was run in collaboration with CHAS and was very popular.  We have left the programme here for information only.

Wednesday 4 November – Helen Fry, ‘Trent Park: Home of the Secret Listeners’

Wednesday 11 November – Alistair Hodgson, ‘Salisbury Hall and the de Havilland Aircraft company’

Wednesday 18 November – Roger Yapp, ‘Poles Apart: The story of Barnes Lodge, Kings Langley in World War 2’

Wednesday 25 November  – Des Turner, ‘The Special Operations Executive (SOE) at Aston House, the Frythe, Briggens and The Thatched Barn’

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