Bedford Branch Programme

Bedford Branch Programme 2019-20

All meetings are at Chapter House, St Peter’s Church, De Parys Avenue, Bedford MK40 2TX at 7.30pm (unless otherwise indicated). Car parking along the residential road or in Council car park opposite.

Contact James Collett-White at: or 01234 266839


Monday 16 September 2019
6.00pm: Tour of St Peter’s Church, Bedford
St Peter’s Church, West Door, Bedford MK40 2TX
7.45pm: Annual General Meeting
St Peter’s Church, Bedford

Monday 7 October 2019
'Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823) Poet of Suffolk and Shefford'
Speaker: Professor John Goodridge (Nottingham Trent University)

Monday 28 October 2019
'The Impact of the First World War on Religion in England'
Speaker: Dr Jonathan Rodell

Wednesday 13 November 2019
'Bedford & the Raj: The Life of Victorian & Edwardian Anglo-Indian Residents'
Speaker: Denise McHugh
Joint Meeting with Bedford Architectural, Archaeological, & Local History Society at Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Putnoe Heights, Bedford MK41 8EB NOT St Peter’s

Monday 9 December 2019
'Tracing Convict Lives using the Digital Panopticon, 1780-1925, using some Bedfordshire examples'
Speaker: Professor Bob Shoemaker (Sheffield University)
Christmas refreshments will follow the lecture

Monday 20 January 2020
'The History of Trees in Art'
Speaker: Professor Christiana Payne (Oxford Brookes University)

Monday 17 February 2020
'The 800 Year Roller-Coaster History of the Dunstable Annals'
Speaker: The Reverend Stephen Wiliams, local historian

NB A further programme will be issued for the first half of 2020