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Programme of Events 2021

Tank traps near Basingstoke Railway Station

Past Programmes

To find out about the programme in previous years, take the links below, as they become available:

Continuing concerns regarding the risks of Covid-19 virus mean that the planned programme for 2021 will be limited to begin with; it is hoped that, if conditions allow, lectures, field visits and conferences will be possible later in the year. Notification of events will be sent via this website or the News e-Bulletin or the Newsletter in July. The first two events will be online while the last three, as of January 2021, are provisional.

All Field Club members are welcome to attend ANY of the events. Members may bring a guest, joint-members may bring two guests.

Members - please see your newsletter for exact meeting places, and any booking requirements.

Non-members - please contact the section leader or secretary to see if places are available.

26th January TUESDAY at 7.00 pm.

Community Archive Forum (CAF) Online - Hands-On Local History
PUBLISHING LOCAL HISTORY: WHY? WHAT? & HOW?(link to YouTube video of the presentation)

An overview of the local history publishing scene in Hampshire and hands-on, practical suggestions for creating, designing, selling and promoting new products.

23rd February TUESDAY at 7.00 pm

Community Archive Forum (CAF) Online - Hands-On Local History

      "How to use Film and Sound Archives" (link to YouTube video of the presentation) by David Lee (Manager of the Wessex Film and Sound Archive at the Hampshire Record Office for 26 years) 

An exploration of the means by which local history can be enhanced through the use of film and sound archives.

23rd March
TUESDAY at 7.30 pm via Zoom

The 2021 David Johnston Memorial Lecture:
“Silchester – The baths complete the story”
By Professor Mike Fulford

Professor Mike Fulford talked about the final excavations at Silchester: the culmination of forty years’ work by Reading University.
You can watch the online lecture on YouTube.

The webpage, which was set up in 2020 to link to articles in Proceedings related to Silchester, is still available.

30th March TUESDAY at 7.00 pm

Community Archive Forum (CAF) Online - Hands-On Local History

An Overflowing In-tray’; The Hampshire Magistrate, 1800-1850
(link to YouTube video of the presentation)
David Taylor former teacher and author of Life and times of Revd Robert Wright 1772-1850.

David Taylor, a retired teacher, explained how he used the Reverend Robert Wright (1772-1850), a prolific member of the Hampshire bench, as a lens through which to explore the work of a county magistrate between 1800 and 1850. In doing so he will also highlight the sources and methods of research employed to bring a local history project to fruition.


27th April TUESDAY at 7.00 pm

Community Archive Forum (CAF) Online - Hands-On Local History

Parish Histories: the Victoria County History Way
(link to YouTube video of the presentation)
Dr Jean Morrin

Jean has been leading the new VCH Hampshire project since its inception in 2008. She co-authored, with John Hare and Stan Waight, the first of the parish histories, on Mapledurwell, published in 2012 (known as a “VCH Short”) and authored  the history of Steventon, published in 2016, with John Hare. As well as overseeing the team, she is currently researching the parishes of Newnham, Nately Scures and Up-Nately. Jean will consider the scope of VCH parish histories which include landscape, settlement, population, landownership and, in particular, social, economic and religious history. She will also draw attention to the period covered from the Medieval era to the present day.

25th May TUESDAY at 7.00 pm

Community Archive Forum (CAF) Online - Hands-On Local History

History for the Future - The Scrapblog
by Roger Palmer

Roger Palmer is a member of the Hambledon Arts Society History Group. He is a semi-retired academic with a keen interest in amateur photography and the recording of local events. Prompted by an event organised by the Group he is building on the concept of the ‘Village Recorder’. His aim is to develop processes and methods for ensuring that today’s local history – its people and events – are captured and archived for future generations. He will demonstrate the background to his work so far and share the insights and resources it has generated.

29th June TUESDAY at 7.00 pm

Community Archive Forum (CAF) Online - Hands-On Local History

How to Make Local History Films
 by Tom Young

With summer finally arrived, this is a good time to get out with the video camera! Tom will tell you how to make a decent film. He has a first-class honours degree in Film Studies and Film Production from the University of Winchester and now works as a freelance videographer and film-maker.  Assuming absolutely no knowledge of the subject, he will show how to make films for local history, with tips on the appropriate equipment and the processes that will enable the creation of quality productions. His talk will be based partly on an online course he studied with the Open University and will be ideal for helping the complete beginner to get started. His showreel can be found at:

12th September SUNDAY

Landscape Section, half-day visit - 10.30-12.30 - Holy Ghost Cemetery & South View - Debbie Reavell, Basingstoke Heritage Society, will lead the group around the Cemetery. The suburb of South View, to the north of the cemetery, was developed from the late C19 onwards.
28th September TUESDAY

Community Archive Forum (CAF) Online - Hands-On Local History

Monthly presentations via Zoom on the last Tuesday of each month, covering different aspects of the practice of local history. Organised by the Local History Section of the Hampshire Field Club & Hampshire Archives Trust

Part One: From research to page

Heather Needham: Setting the scene: 
Sam Butcher: Researching and using still images
Martin Coppen: From text and pictures to page

Online via Zoom - For a link, please contact: or 01962 861913.

3rd October SUNDAY Landscape Section, half-day visit from 10.30-1.00 - Medieval and Post-medieval Buildings of Basingstoke - Bill Fergie & John Hare will look at the old town centre; we shall see older structures hidden by later ‘fashionable’ updating of frontages. A guided study of St. Michael’s church will, with Church Cottage, form part of the visit. Download the booking form and send, along with your cheque, to the Landscape Section Treasurer.
9th October SATURDAY Historic Buildings, half-day visit starting at 2.00 pm - Old Sarum - A follow up to Gavin Bowie’s recent newsletter article.

This visit has been POSTPONED.
Oct/Nov (date tbc) SATURDAY Landscape Section, Annual Conference and AGM: Southampton.
9.30 am Hampshire Record Office, Winchester. (TBC)
3rd November WEDNESDAY HFC&AS Annual General Meeting - from 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start, to be delivered online by Zoom, to be followed by the 'President's Lecture'. Book your place via TicketSource.

2/9/16/23 November TUESDAYS
2nd December THURSDAY

Archaeology Section, Online Lecture Series: ‘Belief and Ritual in Roman Britain’ 
The speakers are (in alphabetical order):
  • Denise Allen, Roman glass specialist;
  • Will Bowden, Nottingham University;
  • Sophie Jackson, MOLA;
  • Tony King, Winchester University;
  • Roger Tomlin, Oxford University.
  • Details of lecture titles and specific details can be found here.

    Book online at

    Either book individual lectures at £3 for members and £4 for non-members, or book for all five at the discounted price of £10 for members and £15 for non-members.


    Spring 2022

    HFC&AS, Visit to Isle of Wight to celebrate the Centenary of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society (IWNHAS): Brading Roman Villa, Thornycroft Boat Testing Tank and Steyne Wood Gun Battery, Bembridge
    This is now postponed until Spring 2022,  dates, times and costs tbc.

    From time to time, other societies and groups will give details of events, which may be of interest to our members, and we advertise these whenever possible.

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