Buckinghamshire Local History Network

PICTURE (TOP):
Workers at
Marlow Brewery
around 1900
– from BLHN
Conference 2020

The Buckinghamshire Local History Network – BLHN for short – has held its Conference and Local History Fair every year since 2000.

BLHN is a collaboration between the Bucks Archaeological Society, which has the county-wide membership and capacity to run a big conference, and the historic county's local history, archaeology and heritage societies, which provide speakers, local research and displays. The historic county includes Milton Keynes.

The conference and fair is held in the Autumn, traditionally in different towns around the county, and has covered on a wide range of Buckinghamshire subjects:

• 2022: The cottage industries of Buckinghamshire
• 2021: Shopping in Buckinghamshire – from medieval market places to modern retail parks
• 2020: Wellers, Wethereds, Wheelers and the ABC – Buckinghamshire brewers through three centuries
• 2019: Social Housing in Buckinghamshire – from almshouses to Right-to-Buy

...to name but a few.

The subject of THIS YEAR'S 2023 CONFERENCE will be

Putting our local heritage on the map: The county's new Local Heritage list.

This will be held on Saturday 7 October, 10am-4pm, in the Oculus Conference Centre, Aylesbury.


To find out more, click the following links:

LiDAR image of a Bucks hillfort •  View the programme for the 2023 BLHN Conference
including the 2023 Bucks Local History Fair, with stands and displays from local history, archaeology and hedritage societies.

•  Get tickets for the 2023 Conference and Local History Fair
with online credit-card payment.

•  View subjects and speakers of past BLHN conferences.

•  View Buckinghamshire's local history, archaeology and heritage societies
including links to their websites.


ABOVE: The outline of a Buckinghamshire hillfort
recently revealed by aerial LiDAR scanning

Recent Publications
from Bucks societies

The Kings at Brill
by Michael Farley

The early history of a Buckinghamshire village in the forest of Bernwood – where Edward the Confessor built a hall which Henry III made into a court fit for his new Queen, Eleanor of Acquitaine.
Published by Bucks Archaeological Society in April 2022.

22 including postage. Order here now...

Lives in Maids Moreton
1320-2020: Using resources for local history

by Lyn Robinson.

'Presenting local history in the form of biographies, this book tricks us into learning things we did not know we were interested in.' (Julian Hunt)
Published by the author in April 2020.
13.99 from mmbook2020@outlook.com, phone 01280 813014 or Buckingham Old Gaol Museum.

Women at War

A celebration of our local suffrage campaigners and their contribution to World War 1.
Published by Amersham Museum.
10 plus postage.
Order here now...

Museum Herb Garden

An illustrated booklet detailing all plants in the museum herb garden, each with latinised and common names and information about medicinal or domestic use.
Published by Amersham Museum.
3.50 plus postage.
Order here now...

Humphry Repton in Buckinghamshire and beyond

Seven essays on Repton's work in Buckinghamshire and links further afield, as far as Germany. Detailed gazetteer with analysis of 15 sites in Bucks including Milton Keynes and Slough.
Published by Bucks Gardens Trust.
23.50 including postage from Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust, 11 Fledglings Walk, Winslow MK18 3QU.

How one man transformed a town: Winslow 1640-1770 and William Lowndes by David Noy.

The story of an extraordinary man – and an extraordinary picture of how a Buckinghamshire town was changed in the 18th century.
Published by Bucks Archaeological Society in October 2020.

14.50 including postage. Order here now...