Bedfordshire Local History Association


Welcome to the website of the Bedfordshire Local History Association (BLHA)

The BLHA has been the successful umbrella organisation for local history in the county for over thirty years. Members include: almost all of Bedfordshire’s local history societies, institutions such as the Bedfordshire Archives, and an increasing number of individuals.


The association promotes the study of local history within and around Bedfordshire and provides a forum for discussion and cooperation between interested groups, individuals and its members.  We also seek to improve communications between local history societies and the broader historical network both regionally and nationally.

BLHA Activities

The BLHA organise a variety of events, such as walks, lectures, visits, workshops, exhibitions and conferences throughout the county, as well as publishing our newsletter, History in Bedfordshire, four times a year. We can also provide information and assistance in the study of local history.

BLHA About us

Please see all about us in our leaflet.  BLHA leaflet

BLHA AGM & Conference 2017

Hosted by Bedford Architectural, Archaeological, and Local History Society (BAALHS) – Saturday 24th June 2017


The Conference theme will be:
Keynote Speaker: MIKE LUKE (Albion Archaeology)
“The Great Ouse Valley in Early Times”

Full details of the programme and booking arrangements will be in
the Spring 2017 issue of History in Bedfordshire (HIB).

BLHA AGM & Conference 2017 Initial Poster

Stevington: The Natural History of a Bedfordshire Parish

The Stevington Historical Trust has published its latest work Stevington: The Natural History of a Bedfordshire Parish.

This book, was inspired by Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne (1788-9); we understand that there have been comparatively few systematic studies of the natural history of a single parish since White wrote. The book is the fruit of a study which has taken over eight years’ intensive work. It was constructed in two parts: a Field Survey and a Garden Watch. The Field Survey, led by Jacqueline Gooding, aimed to record the flora and fauna in the open fields of the Parish. The Garden Watch, led by Susan Young, involved numerous householders making a weekly record of garden inhabitants and visitors over a three year period.

The resulting text is the work of a number of hands. It is an amateur project which has benefited greatly from input by recorders of the Bedfordshire Natural History Society and other experts.

The book is richly illustrated with photographs taken, for the most part, by Roger Day and pen and brush illustrations by Jacqueline Gooding.  The work amounts to 344 pages in hard laminated covers. The book is available from Janet Day for £27.50 (plus postage and packing £6.50) at 7 Park Road, Stevington MK43 7QD;; 01234 823081. Cheques are payable to the Stevington Historical Trust.

Bedford ‘Great War’ Home Front Timeline

Stuart Antrobus has researched the weekly copies of the Bedfordshire Times from the start of ‘The Great War’ in August 1914 through to the Peace Celebrations of July 1919 and his selected extracts have been published, free, online through Bedfordshire Libraries’ virtual library website.  Stuart’s aim was to show the variety of ways in which life and business was affected for Bedford residents and elsewhere in the county by the war.