Buckinghamshire Local History Network

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.

The 2018 conference focus was ‘Archaeology ahead of the HS2 rail line’; in 2019 it was ‘Buckinghamshire social housing –from almshouses to Right to Buy’; and the 2020 conference, which was held on-line because of restrictions during the Covid-19 epidemic, surveyed ‘Buckinghamshire brewers through three centuries’.

The subject of the 2021 Conference will be Shopping in Buckinghamshire – from medieval market places to modern retail parks. It will be held on Saturday 23 October, either in a High Wycombe conference hall or on-line, depending on the Coronavirus restrictions reigning at the time.

To find out more, click the following links:

Aylesbury Market Square in the late C19 •  View advance news of the 2021 BLHN Conference > > >

•  View societies' ‘Virtual displays’ for the BLHN 2020 Virtual Local History Fair
including historic breweries, brewers, pubs, publicans of Buckinghamshire – and one Robert Kemp, a maltster.

•  View subjects and speakers of past BLHN conferences.

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

Recent Publications
from Bucks societies

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...

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.

TO METROLAND: The Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Historic Towns Project

Published by the Bucks Council Archaeolgy Service
For sale at a special discounted price of 5.00. To order, email her@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

Pots, potters and potteries of Buckinghamshire 1200-1910
A Gazetteer by Michael Farlery and Barbara Hurman.

Lists pottery production sites in Buckinghamshire and every potter in the documentary record by name - and illustrates their products where known. All alphabetically by parish for easy access.
Published by Bucks Archaeological Society in October 2019. 16.50 including postage. Order here now...

The Story of Marlow

Expands on the information displayed in Msarlow museum, with a summary timeline listing world, British and local events in parallel from 45,000 BCE to the present.
Published by Marlow Museum.
4.50 from the museum.