Meetings & events

Events Programme 2016 

All talks are at 7.30pm at Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont St, Hexham. Free to members, £2 to non-members (includes light refreshments)


January 12th
Hidden Treasures of Hexham Abbey
Chris Britton
Chris is the main photographer for Hexham Abbey Conservation Team, which is gradually revealing many hidden treasures in the Abbey’s collections. This has led to much detective work, identifying and matching various fragments with their original positions as part of the fabric of the building.

February 9th
Barbarous and Pestiferous Women
Andrea Knox
Andrea Knox is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at Northumbria University, and will speak about female criminality, violence and aggression in 16th and 17th century Scotland and Ireland. She has previously published on this subject but will also add the results of recent research.

March 8th
12th Century Hexham as a Centre of Historical Research
Professor David Rollason
David Rollason is a noted medieval scholar and Emeritus Professor of Durham University’s History Department. He will speak about Symeon of Durham’s History of the Kings of the English and the Danes and how this was influenced by hagiographical accounts of the early bishops of Hexham.

April 12th
The Battle of the Lys 1918: the Forgotten Battle that changed the War
Christopher Roy-Toole
It is easy to forget that the Allied Victory in the Great War was secured, and so very nearly lost, by the British Army’s desperate defence of the Western Front in the Spring of 1918. These battles demonstrated a radical evolution of tactics in both attack and defence. It was the Infantryman’s battle in its most perfected form, and made the Great War the first ‘Modern War’ from which the great commanders and tactics of the World War II were to emerge. Drawing on the private diary of an ancestor and much research, Christopher Roy-Toole gives a compelling account.

May 10th
Cryptology: Old Churches Tell Tales
John Grundy and Peter Ryder
Two eminent experts on Northumbria’s buildings give this year’s Tom Corfe Memorial Lecture.

September 13th
Northumbria’s Irish Kings
Max Adams
One of our most requested speakers, Max Adams returns to shed more light on another aspect of Northumbria’s Dark Age.

October 11th
Living on the Edge in the 18th Century: Debt and the British Middle Class
Dr Tawny Paul
Dr Tawny Paul is a Lecturer in Early Modern History and joined Northumbria University in 2014. A native of Portland, Oregon, she did post-graduate research at the School of Scottish Studies and undertook further research into urban credit relations in the eighteenth century, completing her doctorate in Economic and Social History in 2011.

November 15th
The King’s Shilling
Old English
Old English are Alan and Pauline Giles and Pete Cryer. Their talk is illustrated with music and focuses on 18th and 19th century enlistment, highlighting the role of the Recruiting Sergeant.

Trips & Outings 2015

These are primarily intended for members, so to download the forms members will need to register for member access to the web site.

Web Site Registration
Members of the Society may wish to apply for a username and password for the Members only area of the web site.  Please click here for more information

Dates for your diary.   Full details and booking arrangements will be available soon.

Tuesday 17th May (Half day visit) Ushaw College, Co Durham
Tuesday 21 June, (Evening visit)
Haughton Castle, Humshaugh (Led by Peter Ryder)
Sunday 17 July (Whole day day) Raby Castle 
Raby Castle Visit

The outings will go ahead if there are 30 acceptances. If the required number of bookings is not reached all monies will be repaid to the applicants. Should any members book and need to cancel, they will be reimbursed only if their places are taken by others.

NB: To ease administration please send separate cheques for each outing. Please make your cheque/s payable to ‘Hexham Local History Society

Membership enquiries to Yvonne Purdy, tel 01434 601237 (