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 2106 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 will be in the Spring issue of HIB.


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.