Programme of Events at LBDAHS

This is the current programme of events for LBDAHS. If you have any events that you would like us to add to the programme, please contact us at All talks are at Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas), Waterloo Rd, LU7 2NR, starting at 8 pm unless otherwise advised. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3. Members Free.

12th December 2018

Charles Dawson - Piltdown & his other hoaxes - Andy McGrandle

Following his absorbing talk on Lidar, Andy now tells the story of a man so desperate for academic recognition that he routinely faked his archaeological finds. Piltdown Man was his most famous hoax but recent work has brought to light 38 other fakes.

9th January 2019

Crime in 19th Century Leighton Buzzard - Kathryn Faulkner, archivist, Bedford Record Office

Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding area had its fair share of miscreants involved in events which ranged from the comic to the tragic. The talk will be an opportunity to hear about local crime in the 19th century, based on the records of the Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions courts.

13th February 2019

Bletchley Park - Nick Hill

Nick's talk includes the breaking of the Enigma Code and the much more advanced Lorenz encryption machine.

13th March 2019

St Mary's Church at Old Linslade in the light of recent research - Dr Richard Gem

Dr. Gem is an authority on Anglo-Saxon churches. Study of rare painted patterns found in the church at Old Linslade has led experts to believe the building is older than previous records suggest and put St Mary's on the map as a place of national significance in early medieval church decoration. This talk is about the fascinating newly discovered history of Leighton Linslade's oldest building.

10th April 2019

AGM - followed by WWI Love Letters - talk by Paul Brown

The Society's new book on The Toddington Landlady and her wartime love affair.

8th May 2019

Pitstone Museum - Dennis Trebble, museum secretary

The museum collection began with farming technology on the Chiltern Hills and now features village life covering over a twenty five mile radius - including Leighton Buzzard and Linslade. We hope to arrange an LBDAHS visit in June.