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Buckinghamshire Local History Network (BLHN)

Formed in 2000, the objective of the Bucks Local History Network is to link together the various local societies within the Historic County of Buckinghamshire.

Each year members of various societies and others interested in the history of the county gather at the BLHN Annual Conference and Fair, which in 2018 will be on:

   Uncovering the buried past beneath the HS2 rail line

  • HS2 map of Bucks Throughout Summer 2018 archaeologists commissioned by HS2 will be excavating historic sites along the route of the high-speed rail line ahead of its construction across Buckinghamshire. Then in September they will converge on the BLHN Conference in Aylesbury to tell us what they have discovered.

    The line will cut through:
    • A Roman town at Fleet Marston,
    • A medieval church and churchyard at Stoke Mandeville,
    • A deserted village at Doddershall where people were evicted for sheep,
    • The Iron-Age earthworks of Grim's Ditch in the Chilterns.
    These – and more – stand in the path of the bulldozers.
  • Come to our conference to hear what the archaeologists have found... Already they have identified a previously unknown Roman farmstead in the Vale of Aylesbury – what more might they find during this summer?
  • Click BLHN Conference on HS2 archaeology in Aylesbury on Saturday 29 September 2018 for details.

The conference is held in early Autumn each year. Its format varies but the fair usually includes displays by 20 or more societies, there are lectures from national experts and there may be local excursions.

Speakers at previous conferences have covered a wide range of topics, from the effect of the Black Death on the county to military airfields between 1914 and 1945.