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.
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 Spring Event 2018
For booking form please click here
BLHA 2018 AGM and Conference
Saturday, 2nd June 2018
Hosted by Clapham Historical Society
at Clapham Village Hall
- David Fowler – Bedfordshire Heroes
- John Hele – Houses of Ampthill
- Des Hoar – GIS & Its Application to Historical Research
- Sue Garrett – St Neots History
- Visit to St Thomas Becket Church with history of Clapham talk by John Wood
Lunch and refreshments
BLHA Autumn Event 2018
The Military Intelligence Museum, Chicksands, Bedfordshire
Tuesday, 25th September 2018
Please click here to purchase a copy of this publication
Bedfordshire Archives – Talks at Ampthill Library – Monday 26th Feb, Monday 5th March, Monday 12th March
Bedfordshire Archives Workshops – Introduction to Family & Local History Sources
- Leighton Buzzard – Monday 19th March
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.