..........BAALHS

Bedford Architectural Archaeological
& Local History Society

Bedford bridge 1824.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
SUMMER 2018
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Sunday 27th May.
Bedford’s Victorian Cemetery Foster Hill Road.

Guided walking tour including the Chapel and selected graves, followed by light refreshments.
Meet in the Chapel at 2.00pm. Charge of £3 per person, payable on the day.
Parking available near the Chapel & at the entrance to the Cemetery.

Wednesday 6th June.
Bedford during World War II.

Guided walking tour, led by David Fowler, featuring buildings and sites connected with World War II.
Meet at the ‘gold’ post box, by the old Town Hall, in St. Paul’s Square, Bedford, at 6p.m.
Charge of £3 per person, payable on the day. Booking essential as the tour is limited to 18 places.

Saturday 23rd June.
Rutherford Society Symposium on Literature and ‘The Woman Question’

10.30-17.00 at the Bedford Campus of the University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue, Bedford.
Advance booking essential.

Sunday 12th August.
Wardown House Museum & The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment Museum, Luton
and Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

Car trip to the recently refurbished Wardown House Museum & Regiment Museum, and Stockwood
Park, Discovery Centre. Meet in the car park at Wardown House at 11.00.
Admission free, but donations requested.

Wednesday 12th September.
BAALHS Annual General Meeting & Talk

7.30pm. at Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Putnoe Heights, Bedford, MK41 8EB.
The meeting will be followed by an illustrated talk. Visitors welcome £3 donation requsted.

Saturday 6th October.
Coach trip to Ely Stained Glass Museum & Cathedral.

Guided tours, plus time at leisure to explore Ely or shop.
Coach leaving Mowsbury Park Car Park (Kimbolton Road) at 08.45.
Cost £25 per person, payable on booking. Booking essential.

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Any queries about the programme,
please contact Bob Ricketts, telephone 01234 313608 or e-mail bob.ricketts@nhs.net.


For more details of events see below.

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Sunday 27th May at 2pm. Bedford’s Victorian Cemetery, Foster Hill Road, Bedford.
The Friends of Bedford Cemetery will lead a guided walking tour of Bedford Cemetery and provide information about its size, layout, Chapel, Gatehouse Lodge and selected Memorials and Graves. Information will include details about the history and origin of the cemetery and those involved during the early days of its existence. Tea / Coffee and light refreshments will be available in the Chapel at the end of the walk. Parking is available in the immediate vicinity of the Chapel and at the entrance to the Cemetery. Charge of £3.00 per person. Booking unnecessary – just turn up.

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Wednesday 6th June at 6pm.: Bedford during World War II.
Guided walking tour, led by David Fowler, featuring buildings and sites connected with World War II. Meet at the ‘gold’ post box, by the old Town Hall, in St. Paul’s Square, Bedford, at 6p.m. Charge of £3 per person, payable on the day. Booking essential as the tour is limited to 18 places.

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Saturday 23rd June 10.30-17.00: Mark Rutherford Society Symposium on Literature and ‘The Woman Question’ at the Bedford Campus
of the University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue, Bedford

A Mark Rutherford Society Symposium hosted by RIMAP at the University of Bedfordshire.
‘The Woman Question’ – encompassing not only debates over women’s suffrage, but gender equality more widely, including professional, economic, domestic, and sexual issues affecting women – was one of the most disruptive and fiercely contested issues of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The role and position of women in society, and relations between women and men, were widely discussed by writers of the period. These included the Bedford-born novelist William Hale White (1831–1913), better known by his literary pseudonym, ‘Mark Rutherford’. In his final three novels – Miriam’s Schooling (1890), Catharine Furze (1893), and Clara Hopgood (1896) – White created and presented with great insight and sympathy a series of female characters who defy the social, sexual and political constraints placed upon them. The aim of this Symposium is to open up discussion of the wider context within which the particular qualities of this aspect of White’s work may be better understood.
PLENARY SPEAKERS.
Elisabeth Jay, Professor Emerita of English, Oxford Brookes University

‘Fin de siècle Women in Mid-Century Clothing: William Hale White’s Novels of the 1890s’
Jean-Michel Yvard, Associate Professor of English, Université Angers
‘Woman as a Privileged Mediator of Ethical Values: Feminism and Secularization in the Writings of William Hale White (“Mark Rutherford”)’
REGISTRATION.
The Symposium will be held at the Bedford Campus of the University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue, Bedford MK41 9TD. Attendance is free of charge, but registration by 1st June 2018 is essential as numbers are limited. The Symposium will open at 10.30am and close at 5.00pm. Morning and afternoon refreshments and a light lunch will be provided, costing £20 payable on the day. To register, please email bob.owens@beds.ac.uk, giving details of name; title; affiliation; postal and email addresses; and any dietary requirements.

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Sunday 12th August at 11.00am.: Wardown House Museum & The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment Museum, Luton, AND Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton
Car trip to the recently refurbished Wardown House Museum & Regiment Museum, and Stockwood Park, Discovery Centre. Meet in the car park at Wardown House at 11.00. Admission free, but donations requested. Wardown House Museum & the Regimental Museum are located on Old Bedford Road, Wardown Park, Luton, south of the junction with the A5528 (from the A6). The postcode is LU2 7HA.
The Wardown House Museum & Gallery is newly refurbished and has a fascinating collection of artefects and displays relating to Luton’s rich social history. The house was formerly the home of the Scargill family, a military hospital and now a museum. A series of restored rooms recreate late-Victorian and Edwardian life. There is a gallery devoted to a snapshot of the town’s last 200 years, with a focus on the hat industry. The first floor Regimental Museum tells the story of the Bedfordshire Regiment from its foundation.
The Stockwood Discovery Centre is an eclectic mix of exhibits, displays, and gardens. The formal gardens tell the story of gardening history, including medicine and herbs. Ian Hamilton Finlay’s sculpture garden connects art and nature. The Discovery Hall contains the country’s finest carriage collection. The old stable block of Stockwood House has excellent displays of rural craft history.
The Discovery Centre is located off London Road (junction 10, then 10A from the M1). The Centre is at the end of a small road. There is ample free parking.

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Wednesday 12th September at 7.30pm.: BAALHS Annual General Meeting & Talk
At: Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Putnoe Heights, Bedford, MK41 8EB. The meeting will be followed by an illustrated talk. Visitors welcome £3 donation requested.

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Saturday 6th October: Coach trip to Ely Stained Glass Museum & Cathedral.
Guided tours, plus time at leisure to explore Ely or shop or visit the Waterside Antiques Centre. Coach leaving Mowsbury Park Car Park (Kimbolton Road) at 8.45am. Cost £25 per person, payable on booking. Booking essential. The Stained Glass Museum is the only museum in the United Kingdom solely dedicated to the ancient art and craft of stained glass, which has been practised in Britain for nearly 1,500 years. Its unrivalled collection contains over 1,000 stained glass windows and panels, from the 13th century to the present. A visual treat. Access to the Museum is up some steep stairs, but we will stop for a ‘breather’ half-way! We have arranged a guided tour of the Museum and also one of Ely Cathedral, both included in the £25 price. Afterwards, you are free to have lunch, explore the town and its charming riverfront and relax. The coach will depart from Ely at 4pm.

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