Bedfordshire Local History Association


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


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 2016 AGM and Conference

Saturday, 18 June 2016 Hosted by Sharnbrook Local History Group

The Conference theme will be: Our Communities, Our Stories: Researching Our Local Heritage

Keynote Speaker: Professor Carenza Lewis Professor of the Public Understanding of Research at Lincoln University and one of the original Time Team presenters.

Full details of the programme and booking arrangements can be found in the BLHA AGM and Conference 2016 Booking Form

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.