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.

First World War Centenary Events

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service is compiling a calendar of known WW1 events across the county of Bedfordshire. To find out more please visit their website at:

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.

A School at War Exhibition and ‘Remembered with Pride’ Book Launch

How the Great War affected one small school in one small town.  An exhibition between 28th June – 25th November 2014 at the British Schools Museum, Hitchin.  Full details may be found on the poster A School at War, or British Schools Museum website 

In 2014, to mark the centenary of the ‘war to end all wars’ Hitchin Historical Society will be publishing a remarkable piece of research, which charts the family and military histories of no less than 68 former pupils of the British School in Hitchin who lost their lives in that conflict.  Jean Handley’s book ‘Remembered with Pride’ will be published on June 28th 2014 to coincide with the launch of ‘A School at War’ Exhibition at the British Schools Museum.  Further details may be found here Book flyer