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Speakers and their subjects at past BLHN conferences

The Buckinghamshire Local History Network has held annual conferences since the year 2000. Listed here are the speakers each year, along with the subjects on which they spoke.

2017: Buckinghamshire Land and People

Dr John Broad, editor of Records of Buckinghamshire Who owned Buckinghamshire in 1798?
Dr Peter Salmon, editor, History of Parliament Buckinghamshire and Parliament 1820-1868
Dr David Hall The continuing controversy on the origin of open fields and ridge and furrow
Dr Sarah Rutherford, founding member of the Bucks Gardens Trust From Tudor plaisaunces to Central Milton Keynes – discovering hidden gems of Bucks gardens
Professor Sir Roderick Floud Costing the earth – Buckinghamshire and English gardens since 1660
Peter Gulland Buckinghamshire's Turnpike Roads 1706-1881

2016: Buckinghamshire's Time Team

Alistair Barclay Human activity in the Buckinghamshire Middle Thames from 10,000 BCE to Roman times – the evidence of Kingsmead Quarry, Horton
Sandy Kidd Researching the Iron Age and Roman landscapes around Aylesbury
Mike Farley Settlement in Buckinghamshire during the Saxon period
Rob Atkins The Evolution of the Landscape in North Buckinghamshire - the evidence from Broughton
Miles Green The Saxon and Medieval History of Wycombe Heath, Penn, Common and King's Woods
Susan Fern The Context of the Lenborough Hoard

2015: Buckinghamshire Towns

David Lewis The Evolution of Eton and Windsor – a Historic Towns Trust Atlas
David Green High Wycombe before Chairmaking
Professor David Lock The Birth of Milton Keynes
Dr David Thorpe Subtopia and other suburban development in Buckinghamshire before Metroland 1840-1914
Emeritus Professor Christopher Dyer The Medieval Town

2014: Defining Buckinghamshire

Jeremy Haslam The Origins of Buckinghamshire – sashes and Buckingham
Edward Grimsdale Two competing county towns, Aylesbury and Buckingham
Tom Harper The County Maps of the 16th to 18th centuries
Dr Richard Oliver The Large-scale Maps of the Ordnance Survey 1840-1940
Dr Kate Tiller The Great War at Home

2013: Power, Money and the Landscape in Buckinghamshire

Professor Keith Branigan Roman villas and their landscape
Dr Richard Jones Lord or Peasant? The origin of the nucleated village and the open fields, with special reference to North Bucks
Dr Graham Jones Theatres of Power: Buckinghamshire forests and chases
Richard Wheeler (National Trust) Conspicuous display: The 18th-century great house, with special reference to Hartwell
Catherine Taylor Rothschild money moving a mountain: The creation and role of the Waddesdon gardens
Dr Roland Quinault Conserving the Chilterns, circa 1920-1950

2012: Women in Buckinghamshire

Prof Pauline Stafford Royal Women and Anglo-Saxon Buckinghamshire
Clarissa Campbell Orr Mrs Delany and the circle of the Duchess of Portland at Bulstrode in the C18
Dr Elaine Chalus The Betsey Wynne Diaries – the Swanbourne Years
Sue Baxter The Nightingale Sisters and Claydon House
Rev Colin Cartwright The Suffragettes in Buckinghamshire
Julian Hunt The Buckinghamshire Lace industry

2011: Military Buckinghamshire

Mike Farley Moats, mottes and castles: status and defence in medieval Buckinghamshire
Dr Andy King The Buckinghamshire gentry and the Hundred Years War
Dr Alan Thompson Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire in the Civil War
Sarah Gray Portraits of the Civil War, and others
Michael Senior Buckinghamshire and the First World War
Jonathan Byrne The secret war in Buckinghamshire: Bletchley and beyond
Sarah Gray Portraits of Buckinghamshire military men
Professor Ian Beckett The Buckinghamshire voluntary military tradition

2010: Some great Buckinghamshire houses and their owners

David Thorpe The Great Houses of Bucks - power, land and money
Robert Spencer Bernard Nether Winchendon House and its family
Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher Chilton House - inheritance through the female line
Mike Thompson Ashridge - the Earls of Bridgewater and others
Charles Pugh Clivedon - the two Dukes, Buckingham and Sutherland
George Ireland The Rothschilds in Bucks
Rodney Melville Chequers

2009: Some great Buckinghamshire figures

Julian Hunt Edmund Weller of Beaconsfield
Dr Robin Eagles First Marquis of Wharton (honest Tom) of Winchendon & Wooburn
David Snoxell The Earl of Shelburne, The first Bucks Prime Minister & MP for Wycombe
Roland Quinault Benjamin Disraeli and Bucks
Roy Bailey John Hampden - the Buckinghamshire Connection
Richard Davenport-Hines Ettie Desborough of Taplow
Sarah Gray Buckinghamshire Artists

2008: Buckinghamshire's transport history

Peter Jarvis The Transport History of North Buckinghamshire
Ken Delve Military Airfields in Buckinghamshire 1914-1945
Steve Morley A History of Canals in Buckinghamshire
Keith Bailey The Traffic of Aylesbury Railway Station 1877-1904
Peter Gulland Turnpike Roads in Buckinghamshire
Dorian Gerhold Carriers and stage-coaches c.1680-1840


David Thorpe Bucks Industries in the Nineteenth Century- an overview of change
Mike Brown The History of Brewing in Bucks
Michael Hammett The History of Brickmaking in Bucks
Trevor Dean The History of Paper Making in Bucks
Dr Clive Edwards The History of the Wycombe Furniture Industry
John Brushe Wolverton - the Bucks Industrial Town


Professor Derek Keene Buckinghamshire in the shadow of the Metropolis, AD 900-1500
Pam & Derek Ayshford The Men of Nelson's Navy
Janet Kennish Datchet in the Nineteenth Century & its Links with London
Dr Lesley Boatwright Bucks in the late thirteenth century, evidence from the eyre roll of 1286
Dr Elizabeth Williamson Revising Pevsner's Buckinghamshire: exploring a county of contrasts


Rev Eric Eyre Baptists in Central Bucks in the Seventeenth Century & Benjamin Keach the Winslow tailor.
Dr John Broad The Claydons: the role of the Verneys in transforming an English Rural Society 1600-1820
Dr David Noy Medieval Winslow and the St Albans Connection - "Buying their blood at the Abbot's will"


Richard Wheeler West Wycombe Park: an 18th Century landscape of politics, sex & nature
Prof. Ralph Griffiths The Household Accounts of Sir Edward Don of Horsenden & Saunderton, a Tudor Country Gentleman and Courtier
Professor Ian Beckett The Civil War in Bucks
Dr Leigh Shaw-Taylor Enclosure and Common Rights in Eighteenth Century Bucks


Sandy Kidd Landscape Archaeology in Buckinghamshire
Professor E J T Collins Woodland Industries in Bucks and Berks from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century
Julian Hunt The Black Death in Buckinghamshire


Professor Margaret Spufford Early Non-conformity in the Chilterns 1450-1700
Professor Christopher Dyer The Origins of the Buckinghamshire Village
Neil Loudon An Extra-ordinary Industry in North Bucks in the 19th Century
Dr Roland Quinault The Fall of the Grenvilles in Perspective
Dr David Thorpe Bucks in 1851 - the Evidence of the Census, a story beyond family history
Dr David Brown The Eighteenth Century Landscape Park in South Bucks


Professor Michael Drake Farms and Fields in North Bucks
Professor John Clarke The Old Enemies: Buckingham and Aylesbury


Professor Michael Turner The Georgian legacy of parliamentary enclosure
Professor Michael Reed The changing landscape of Bucks in the 16th and 17th Centuries
Professor J C Beckett Aristocrats in Bucks, with special reference to the Grenvilles
Mike Farley The archaeological background
Dr John Broad Bucks History in its regional context
Dr Ian Hepple Aspects of the Chilterns in the medieval period
Carenza Lewis Villages, hamlets and settlements – a study of the South Midlands and the Whittleworth forest project