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 current information leaflet.

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

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Upcoming Events                                          

9 May                        STOP PRESS: Unfortunately our speaker for May on the                                                 “Golden Age of Airships” has had to cancel. Instead we will                                            welcome Liz Davies, Curator of St Neot’s Museum who will                                           tell us about “Kill or Cure: Dr T.J. Walker, Victorian Surgeon”.
                                   This talk uses the personal diary of Dr.Thomas James Walker,                                      the surgeon of Peterborough Infirmary in the 1860s, to                                                     examine the life of a Victorian GP and changes in medicine in
                                   mid Victorian England.

6 June                          Visit to St Mary’s Church, Cardington with Revd. Stephen
                                       Smith.  This meeting will go ahead as planned.  Meet at the                                            Church door for 7:30 pm start. £3 per member, non-                                                          members £4.

4 July                          A visit to the Dovecote and Stables at Willington with a
                                      National  Trust guide.  Meet in the carpark by the Dovecote
                                      – please park neatly to try and accommodate all members
                                      for prompt 7 pm start. £3.50 for members, £4.50 guests.