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

UPDATE – BLHA 2021 AGM & Conference  – ‘Life on the Home Front’ 

BHRS had proposed to host the 2020 BLHA Conference, with the theme of ‘Life on the Home Front during both World Wars’. Preparations were well-advanced last Spring, but sadly we had to postpone it due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We re-booked the conference for the autumn, but that also had to be cancelled due to the restrictions on gatherings. I made a further attempt to re-arrange it for June 2021, but it now looks highly unlikely that this date can go ahead.

We considered running a cut-down programme by ‘Zoom’, but concluded that talks from two or three speakers would be unlikely to do justice to the subject. I have therefore agreed with the BLHA that we cannot proceed with a conference this summer, but BHRS will hold open its offer to host the conference in a future year.

Please accept my apologies. BAALHS, however, planned to produce a special June 2021 issue of Bedford Local History Magazine, focusing on Bedford during World War II. This will still go ahead and may be of interest to you.

If you would like to receive a free copy by post, please email your address to the BLHA Secretary and I will send you a copy when it is available.

Bob Ricketts 

BLHA Sponsored booklet – Henry John Sylvester Stannard

Please click below to purchase a copy of this publication:

Stannard Book Purchase