Bedfordshire Local History Association

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Bedfordshire Local History Association – One-Day Workshop: GIS Applications in Local History

Saturday 20 April 2019 from 09:30 to 4:30 at Sharnbrook Village Hall, MK44 1JP

Participants will need to provide their own laptop


Aim: A hands-on introduction to using QGIS software to create and handle maps to analyse and display historical data.

Who should attend: Members of historical societies who conduct research and wish to display their research data in map format so they can analyse the data further and include maps in their reports. This workshop is limited in numbers to 10 places only.


  • No prior knowledge of GIS is necessary, but the participant should have a good level of experience of Windows and Office software.
  • The participant needs to bring an up-to-date laptop and have Administrator rights on that machine. The machine must have Excel or Open Office and Acrobat Reader.
  • The machine must have a free USB slot and a WIFI adaptor.
  • Instructions will be given to download and pre-install QGIS software.

Course content:

A mixture of demos and exercises – datasets will be provided:

Why use GIS? QGIS software, desktop interface and plugins; Sources of base maps and boundary data; Using HER datasets and filters; Adding an old map and LIDAR; Adding your own research data (text and images); Analysing datasets; Creating maps and interactive web maps; GIS data resources; Feedback and future work.

BLHA One-Day Workshop: GIS Applications in Local History - Booking Form 

BLHA Spring Event 2019                            TBA

BLHA 2019 AGM and Conference

Bedfordshire Local History Association AGM & Annual Conference 2019
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Hosted by Bedfordshire Gardens Trust
at the Learning Centre, Poplars Garden Centre, Toddington, LU5 6HE

The 2019 AGM and Conference is to be held at the Learning Centre, Poplars Garden Centre, Toddington, LU5 6HE on Saturday 22nd June 2019, hosted by the Bedfordshire Gardens Trust, with registration from 9am. The AGM will start at 9.30, with the Conference to start at 10am and finish no later than 4.30pm.

This year’s theme is ‘Caring for the Designed Landscape in Bedfordshire’. The main speakers will be:

Professor Tom Williamson (University of East Anglia), Stephen Coleman and John Little, with contributions planned from the Gardens Trust’s members: Corinne Price (Garden Manager, Swiss Garden), Felicity Brimblecombe and Caroline Bowdler.

Topics for the talks will include:

‘The Orchard as part of a Designed Landscape’ which will include updates on the Orchards East project and Flitwick Manor;

‘Gertrude Jeykll in Bedfordshire’;

‘Why historians should take note of garden history’;

‘Working together to maintain the designed landscape’;

‘Toddington and the AGAS map’.

Full and final details will appear in our Spring HIB issue (due March 2019) together with a booking form.

BLHA Autumn Event 2019                          TBA