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









BLHA Spring Event 2018 

For booking form please click here

BLHA 2018 AGM and Conference

Saturday, 2nd June 2018

Hosted by Clapham Historical Society

at Clapham Village Hall

        Provisional Programme

  • David Fowler – Bedfordshire Heroes
  • John Hele – Houses of Ampthill
  • Des Hoar – GIS & Its Application to Historical Research
  • Sue Garrett – St Neots History
  • Visit to St Thomas Becket Church with history of Clapham talk by John Wood

Lunch and refreshments

BLHA Autumn Event 2018

The Military Intelligence Museum, Chicksands, Bedfordshire

Tuesday, 25th September 2018

Please click here to purchase a copy of this publication

Bedfordshire Archives – Talks at Ampthill Library – Monday 26th Feb, Monday 5th March, Monday 12th March

Bedfordshire Archives Workshops – Introduction to Family & Local History Sources

  • Leighton Buzzard – Monday 19th March

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.