HALH Spring Meeting: Pirton Village Hall

11am on Saturday 18 May, 2019

By John Cox

This year's spring meeting of the Hertfordshire Association for Local History will be held at Pirton Village Hall, 45 High St, Pirton, Hitchin SG5 3RG. For those of you who know little about the village, Pirton is a good example of a shrunken medieval village with a motte and bailey at its heart.

This year the HALH will be marking the legacy of Lionel Munby, who died ten years ago at the age of 90. Lionel was one of a generation of local historians who enjoyed sharing the knowledge and skills gained in their academic life with those interested in exploring and recording the story of their own communities.

The programme is as follows:

10.30 Doors open

11.00 Opening

11.10 Welcome to Pirton

11.20 A series of talks by local history societies about their work and projects (North Herts Village Research Group; Harpenden Local History Society; Hitchin Historical Society; Potters Bar and District Historical Society)

12.20 Community History and Digital Archiving (Mike Neighbour)

12.40 Book presentations:

            Tudor and Early Stuart Parks of Hertfordshire (Anne Rowe)

            Hertfordshire's Population Statistics, 1563-1801, 2nd edition (Dr Heather Falvey)

13.00 Break for an opportunity to explore Pirton and visit St Mary’s Church

13.45 HALH AGM with presentation of awards

14.15 The Lionel Munby Lecture: The Middling Sorts: The people mentioned in overseers’ accounts who were not the ‘poor’ (David Short)

Admission is free for HALH members; £2 for visitors payable on the door. There is no need to book a ticket.

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