Each year HALH organises a Symposium on Hertfordshire history, with a number of speakers, usually with a linking theme. The event normally takes place on the first Saturday in November. Local history societies from around the county have stalls where they sell their publications and display their latest research. The day is the highlight of the local history calendar in Hertfordshire, and is a great opportunity to hear local history experts, talk to fellow enthusiasts, and buy the latest publications. A light lunch is available, and coffee and tea are provided.
The 38th HALH Annual Symposium took place on Saturday 11 November 2017 at The British Schools Museum, Hitchin. The topic was Women of Hertfordshire and the programme included talks on:
Christina of Markyate (Jane Kelsall)
Two Colourful Seventeenth-Century Women (Alan Thomson)
The Battle for Female Suffrage (Elizabeth Eastwood)
Pioneering Women of Girton College (Val Campion)
St Albans’ Forgotten Heroines of World War One
... and a performance by the Chiltern West Gallery Quire of local music from 1750 - 1840 as well as a dramatic monologue by Dolly Shepherd, Edwardian Parachute Queen and WW1 car mechanic.
Symposium 2018 ~ Saturday 10 November, venue TBA
The theme will be town planning and garden cities, and subjects could include Saxon burghs, planned market towns of the Middle Ages and turnpikes.
2013 Hertfordshire's buildings - traditional building materials
2014 Power in the Parish
2015 Railways in Hertfordshire: their effect on the county
Below - some photos from the HALH Symposium 2016: Hertfordshire at War through the Centuries, held on Saturday 12 November at Ewen Hall, Barnet.