Biggleswade History Society

Welcome to Biggleswade History Society website

During the pandemic everything had to come to a halt, although some of our volunteers tackled projects at home.

Correspondence and requests for town, family and local history was heavy during lockdown, but we have now caught up, and life in the archives consists of a weekly group get-together for the volunteers.

Meetings are returning to normal – light on numbers to start with but gradually picking up.  See our Meetings section to find out more about the topics being covered – a very varied selection for 2022.  Guests are always welcome at any meeting.

The website is gradually being brought up to date, and events are being planned for the Queen’s Jubilee later this year, as well as for our society’s fiftieth anniversary in 2024. 

Donations to our archives will be gratefully received, especially if the items relate directly to our lovely town.  We collect everything from postcards, pottery, military material, and pub signs to clothing.

Come on in and have a good look around.

Jennifer Topham – Chairman

If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Jennifer Topham, 01767 313407 for details about the Society or click on the following links, Membership Form and  Information Sheet.

The Biggleswade History Society has the primary objective of promoting the advancement of public education through the study of local history in Biggleswade. The objective is achieved by:

  • Holding monthly meetings and outings
  • Distribution of a newsletter every two months
  • Holding and supporting exhibitions
  • Representation at County meetings
  • Publication of historical booklets
  • Supporting conservation and preservation
  • Local and family history research
  • Registering our interests in conservation, heritage and history through review of planning applications, to Central Bedfordshire Council

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) the Society has updated its privacy policy. Click here for details.

Upcoming Events

5 September"Bedfordshire & the Sailing Navy 1660-1815" by Dr David Davies.
Despite being an inland county, Bedfordshire has a significant number of connections with the history of the Royal Navy. Dr Davies will examine the lives of those who served, the ways in which the county contibuted to the navy and the impact of naval warfare on local communities.
3 October"Churches of Bedfordshire, Part 3" when we will welcome back David Longman, his wonderful photographs and fascinating snippets of information on our county's Anglican heritage.