Introducing Bedfordshire Historical Record Society

Moot Hall, Elstow

Moot Hall, Elstow

Who we are

Bedfordshire Historical Record Society (BHRS) was established in 1912 as a focus for the study of Bedfordshire history.

What we do

BHRS has been publishing the results of research by members and non-members of the Society for more than one hundred years.  Volumes include:


  • collections of well-researched articles
  • doctoral theses
  • monographs
  • transcriptions of original records relating to the county, each with a helpful introduction and detailed notes to assist the reader

For a full list go to the Publications pages.

New, online, publications

Postcard view of the Wesleyan chapel,  Biggleswade

Postcard view of the Wesleyan chapel, Biggleswade

Currently under development on this site are pages for:

  • a depository of online articles to widen the availability of resources on Bedfordshire’s history
  • a collection of guidance notes on sources for Bedfordshire history.

Fowler collection

A collection of about 2000 books and journals was left to the Society by its founder, Dr G. H. Fowler.  After only being accessible to members for many years, it is now housed in the Library of the University of Northampton, making Dr Fowler’s wide-ranging library available to all.

Annual lecture

The AGM is held in September and is followed by a lecture, usually on the subject of the new or forthcoming annual volume.  Recent lectures have included:

2016 Dr Nicholas Bennett on Bedfordshire and the Lincolnshire parish Clergy – read the lecture on this website.

2015 Professor Donald Burrows (Open University) on the background to music in Bedford, introducing Michael Benson’s 2015 volume Bedford’s Musical Society

2014 Dr Jonathan Rodell on his BHRS volume The Rise of Methodism

2013 Dr Philip Lockley (Trinity College, Oxford) on Bedfordshire and the Southcottians, a county history of an English millennarian tradition

2012 Dr Michael Clanchy on Medieval tally sticks

postcard of Leighton Buzzard canal and bridge (Barbara Tearle)

postcard of Leighton Buzzard canal and bridge (Barbara Tearle)

2011 James Collett-White setting the scene for his third BHRS volume of How Bedfordshire Voted

2010 Martin Deacon introducing his second BHRS WWI war diary The 2nd Bedfords in France and Flanders

2009 Professor Dorothy Sheridan on Mass Observation (opens in a new window) and Professor Robert Malcolmson on his BHRS edition of the Mass Observation diary of Denis Argent, A Soldier in Bedfordshire 1941-42

NB These lectures are not available, unless otherwise indicated.

Why not join us?

The Society and this website is run by a group of volunteers. We’re always interested in new members, so if you’re interested please contact the secretary.

Page updated 12 October 2016

This page was added on 19/01/2016.
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