Categories and Listings

Area: Hertfordshire

Category Hitchin

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Hertfordshire Grouping

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”.'

Category Local Heritage

'Hitchin holds a unique place in the history of education as it boasts the world’s last remaining purpose-built Monitorial schoolroom. The grade II* listed building opened in 1837, but the school was founded in 1810, a full 80 years before the government finally provided free elementary education for all.'

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.'

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 Gardens Trusts

'Since 1991, the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust has been actively involved in researching historic landscapes in Hertfordshire and protecting them for future generations to enjoy ... There is a varied programme of events for members which include visits to gardens not usually open to the public. Regular newsletters keep everyone informed.'

'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.'

'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.'

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.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'The Club was formed by a group of local enthusiasts in 1985. It has the aim of encouraging all aspects of horology and its members include novice, amateur and professional horologists with a wide range of experience and skill ... Membership of the Club is open to anyone interested in antique or modern clocks or watches ... Those interested in visiting the Club on a one-off basis to listen to a particular speaker are also welcome subject to payment of a small fee.'

'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.'

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