A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: Hertfordshire

'We have been in existence since about 1866, which makes us one of the oldest societies in the country ... One of our main attractions is our monthly Social evenings (and 2 very popular quiz nights). Guest speakers present garden related topics and everyone is welcome to these social evenings. They run from September to May.'

'Objectives are to encourage interest in the recent and distant past history of the area, particularly the landscape, buildings and, of course, the people ... The main activities are a series of illustrated winter lectures, on topics of historical interest, held usually on the last Monday of each month.'

Category Hertfordshire

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

'A friendly group of artists which welcomes other artists of all abilities as well as those who have an interest in the arts. We welcome painters in any media and craftspeople who are interested in ceramics sculpting and wood carving ... Membership mainly consists of keen amateurs, but we also have some professionals as members. Non-painters are welcome to join the Society.'

Category Local Heritage

'Berkhamsted Castle Trust provides education about, promotes and maintains Berkhamsted Castle, Hertfordshire. It fosters use and enjoyment of the castle by the public, and undertakes historical research or archaeological investigation into the castle and people or events of historical significance connected to it ... Berkhamsted is the location where, in early December 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, accepted the surrender of the English nobles following the Battle of Hastings and became “the Conqueror”.'

'The aim of the Berkhamsted Local History & Museum Society is to encourage the study and appreciation of local history, genealogy and other subjects of historical interest ... At the start of the season a Programme is issued to members giving details of talks, mostly illustrated Powerpoint presentations, on a variety of subjects connected with local history.'

'The BSCC was formed in 1947 to provide local people of all ages and abilities with a forum to discuss and participate in photography in all its forms. Our members have one thing in common: a passion for photography. We offer members a varied Programme of meetings, which enable us to see the work and techniques of other photographers, visiting speakers (both amateur and professional) and other Club members. These meetings are not designed to be formal tutorials; however speakers are well informed on many different aspects of photography and we all continue to learn by seeing good (and sometimes not so good!) images.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Society was formed in January 1995 to promote interest in the local history of Buntingford and the surrounding area and, in particular, the old railway called the Buntingford Branch – known affectionately as "The Bunt" to those who worked on the line.'

Category Booksellers

'This is the online home of both our lovely shops: the Chorleywood Bookshop and the Gerrards Cross Bookshop. If you want to book places for one of our many high profile events, purchase a limited edition book, or find out out how to get hold of us to place orders or make a query, you’re in the right place!'

Category Local Heritage

'Copped Hall is a fine Georgian mansion that is currently under restoration. It is superbly sited on a ridge overlooking its landscaped parkland. The mansion and gardens are situated on a site of ancient human habitation. Many important buildings, from the Medieval, Tudor and Elizabethan eras were demolished prior to the present mansion being built and enlarged by the Victorians ... The aim of the Trust is to permanently protect the site, carefully restore Copped Hall and its gardens for educational, cultural and community benefit. Copped Hall and its gardens are strictly private, open only for advertised events.'

Founded 1960: 'All interests have been catered for through the years from glass plate prints, to black and white prints, to colour prints and slides and now digital images. The programme comprises talks from a variety of speakers from travelogues to practical evenings'.

Category Arts and Crafts

'The heart of pottery, clay & ceramics in Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties ... Well respected local and international potters discuss and demonstrate their work & skills at our regular monthly meetings, from October to May ... Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur, a professional potter, an art student, tutor or technician, a collector, a beginner, or just interested in studio pottery, you will find a warm welcome amongst others with similar interests.'

Category Booksellers

'David's has a long history of hosting visiting authors and speakers, from the bookfairs and ideas fairs of the 1970s and 80s, the later series of public debates, to our ongoing seasonal programmes ... Most events are held in our cafe which turns into a bright, welcoming space in the evening. Larger events take place in a variety of venues around Letchworth.'

Category Hertfordshire

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'The Society is for anyone interested in geology, whether beginners or experienced ... We hold monthly talks on a wide range of earth science topics ... We are starting to build up a collection of downloadable geological trails, and guides to geologically interesting locations in Hertfordshire.'

Category Hertfordshire

Member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Grouping

Category Hertfordshire

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

'Kings Langley Local History and Museum Society is committed to establishing a museum in the district. This is to display its collection of artefacts and also the significant Ovaltine archive, in an attractive manner accessible to the public. The Society is in the process of raising funds to achieve this. The Society would be pleased to hear of any local premises which may be available and suitable for a museum. A group of archivists meet in the village library on Wednesday mornings between 10.00 and 12.30 to research and index local heritage documents as well as receive enquiries on family and local history from individuals and from this Website from around the world.'

Category Hertford

Member of The Orchid Society of Great Britain Grouping

'Previously known as the Stevenage & District Astronomical Society, LDAS moved to a new home in 1991, and the society changed its name to reflect the move. With over 100 members from all over the region, ranging from interested amateurs to those with sophisticated home observatories, LDAS is a friendly and welcoming society whose main aim is to promote the enjoyment of looking to the stars through meetings and public events ... LDAS meet ... on the last Wednesday of each month, from 1930hrs. The meetings feature an external guest speaker presenting on an astronomy topic of interest. Occasionally LDAS hold other meetings featuring presentations or workshops by members of the society.'

'Founded in February 1995 by an enthusiastic group of amateur family historians and we have continued to grow ... We range from complete beginners to very well informed amateurs and we welcome anybody with an interest in their family history. Our members' interests cover most areas in Great Britain and some further afield. Very few, if any, are looking for their ancestors locally. For this reason we do not have talks that concentrate on local history but we look at the subject from a broader angle.'

Category Hatfield

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'We are a friendly club founded in 1962 comprised of members of all abilities and styles. Whether your preference be serious competition photography, holiday snaps or images taken on your mobile phone you will feel comfortable – we cover it all.'

'The Club aims to encourage the practice of all aspects of photography and provide a forum for any persons interested in photography to learn about new genres and ideas, so the Annual Programme is made up of illustrated presentations by external and internal speakers, alternating with a number of internal print and projected image competitions.'

Founded 1954: 'Our interests embrace the history of the “old parish area” of Rickmansworth which includes Chorleywood, West Hyde, Mill End, Croxley Green, Loudwater, Batchworth and Eastbury as well as the town of Rickmansworth ... We meet at 8pm on the second Thursday of the month from September to June inclusive. '

'The Society is a friendly Hertfordshire based club. We have people of all skill levels that are very willing to share what they know and encourage people to get involved.'

Category Local Heritage

'Purposes of the Society: * to promote public interest in, and improve public knowledge of, the architecture, archaeology and history of St Albans and Hertfordshire; * to work to secure the protection of monuments, structures or other features of architectural, historical or archaeological interest in the area; * to maintain its own library; * to encourage the preservation, and the deposit in suitable collections, of written documents, in any format, and material of historical interest.'

'Often referred to as the "City’s Watchdogs", the Civic Society is the conservation and amenity movement for St Albans. We are a member of the national organisation "Civic Voice. Put simply, that means we keep an eye on the City’s heritage, its buildings and the characteristics that make St Albans that special place in which to live, and perhaps work, and the reason why people come and visit ... Throughout the year, we offer a range of events for members and non-members. These include regular speaker evenings covering topical interests – for example we have included subjects varying from preserving the green belt to youth interests in St. Albans.'

'Explore the rich history of St Albans with a visit to one of our fascinating museums. Discover the Roman heritage of St Albans at Verulamium Museum or visit St Albans Museum + Gallery for cutting edge art installations, historic exhibitions and touring blockbuster shows.'

Established 2003: 'Since 2003 the Society has grown steadily and we now have 40 regular members. Individual interests are varied, with members researching families from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Others have areas of special interest e.g. military matters, resulting in a wealth of experience that can be called on ... A varied programme is organised, to include presentations from professional speakers as well as Society members ... We welcome visitors to our meetings and those interested in joining the Society'.

Category Rickmansworth

Member of The Arts Society - 2 East of England Grouping

Initiated 1994: 'The Society has flourished since its inception, providing a focus for the collection and dissemination of many aspects of Tring’s history ... Six times a year, on Wednesday evenings at 8 pm, Members are treated to an hour’s talk on an aspect of local history. These are informal gatherings, and are usually accompanied by a slide show to illustrate the Talk'.

'Founded in 1964 we are an established Club in Hertfordshire ... Weekly Meetings on Wednesday's 20:00 - 22:00, where members of all abilities, ages and gender meet each other with a common interest in photography. Why not come along and check us out!'

'The Society aims to celebrate the great achievements of British Industry past and present as well as their pioneers, leading engineers, designers, inventors and entrepreneurs. Originally set up in 1967 to share knowledge on the industries local to Watford, we now embrace industries, transport, machines and structures throughout the UK and beyond ... Meetings are held ... each month on the third Thursday from September to April starting at 8.00pm.'

'Watford Camera Club is the oldest photographic club in Hertfordshire, having celebrated its centenary in 2003. Anyone interested in photography is welcome – from novices to experienced photographers. If you are new to photography, joining Watford Camera Club will open up a whole new world for you. We have many knowledgeable members who are willing to share their knowledge. We hold weekly meetings which vary from practical hands on workshops to talks by photographers of many different genres, sharing their skills and knowledge and then there are the competitions.'

Category Watford

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

'With a variety of ages, interests and experience, we are all enthusiasts eager to exchange ideas, learn more about photography and how we can improve our skills ... Our weekly programme includes illustrated Talks and Workshops on many different subjects such as portraiture, natural history and wildlife, travel, techniques on composition and exposure, also understanding Photoshop.'

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