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.

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Can You Help – New Committee Members Welcome!

The BLHA Committee is very keen to find members who would be interested in standing on the committee, there are usually 3 or 4 committee meetings a year.  Should you be interested then please contact Clive the Association’s Secretary to discuss how you could help.  Our current Treasurer will be standing down in June 2015 and we would very much like to fill this key post.

BLHA Annual Conference & AGM 2015

Saturday 13th June 2015 at 1.30pm – Hosted by Clapham History Society

Provisional Title – North Bedfordshire Villages – Details of the conference and a registration booking form are attached below.

CLAPHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY – BLHA Conference 2015 hosted by Clapham Historical Society


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.