Events & Exhibitions

The Biggleswade History Society hosts, or takes part in, several events and exhibitions throughout the year. Volunteers from amongst the membership often help us to run a stall run and is aimed at promoting the Society, answering questions raised by visitors and selling our numerous publications.

2016

30 Nov 2016The Story in Stone community project is underway! A good cross section from the three towns of Sandy, Potton and Biggleswade dropped in at Robert Peel Lower School in Sandy on 30 November to meet the artist, Oliver Budd, and see his designs for the mosaic panels on which work is soon to begin. The attractive designs cleverly encapsulate key features of the history and character of the towns. The themes for Biggleswade centre on the three Rs – River, Road & Railway – which were essential to our town’s development. They include depictions of Biggleswade’s Saxon origins on the river crossing (Biccel’s Waed, meaning Biccel’s ford), later becoming a small market town; the Great North Road with highwaymen, coaches and inns, including the Crown where the 1785 Great Fire began and changed the face of the town, and, later, Dan Albone’s Ivel cycles racing to and fro; the Ivel river and canal trade which brought merchants here from King’s Lynn; the Great Northern Railway which boosted market gardening and ushered in the era of the Brussels sprout; Dan Albone’s tractor heralding a 20th century revolution in agriculture; the growth of sports clubs, leisure and associated industries, like Berkeley caravans and sports cars made here in the 1950s & 60s; and the world of advertising, film and TV which spawned Lady Penelope’s pink Rolls Royce!
See the designs and follow the progress of this exciting project for our community at www.storyinstone.org.uk

2015

14 Nov 2015BHS Bookstall on Biggleswade Saturday Market
10-13 Sep 2015Heritage Open Days celebrating England's local history and giving free access to thousands of places usually closed to the public. The Soicety's contributon will be announced in good time for you to plan to visit our event.
30 May 2015BHS Bookstall on Biggleswade Saturday Market

2014

16 Sep 2014Biggleswade & District Art Society 30th anniversary. Our display of artists Henry Ryland (1856–1924) and Neville Howard Noller (1882-1978)
12-13 Sep 2014Heritage Open Day at Trinity Methodist Church A Display of 55 Biggleswade soldiers lost in WWI.
25 May 2014Willington Open Day we presented our display of Dan Albone's story.
11 May 2014Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Annual Service at Woburn Parish Church, D Day veteran Vic Brunt was given royal treatment.
7 May 2014Market Stall book sales.
Apr 2014Jordan's Mill Heritage Centre1st anniversary. A number of members attended.
16 Mar 2014Mayor's Annual Civic Service held at Trinity Methodist Church witnessed the dedication of stone in the porch to remember nine Bourne Chapel WWI soldiers, Vic Brunt was present.

2013

25 Nov 2013Eric Lund and Ken Page hosted a presentation to a local Scouts group about the History of Biggleswade based on data prepared by Mike Strange, to young enthusiastic audience.
16 Nov 2013Market Stall book sales.
Oct 2013Kingdom Hall demolished.
13 Sep 2013After the success of the previous year St Andrews Parish Church was again opened morning and afternoon to take part in the National Heritage Open Day Scheme. 26 visitors attended.

2012

7 Sep 2012St Andrews Parish Church was opened for Heritage Open Day with a guided tour round the church in the afternoon, with the help of Phillip Rutt. 52 visitors attended.
Apr 2012BigglesFM invited us to take part in a monthly broadcast to promote the History Society on the last Thursday on the month between 8.30 - 9.00am. This still continues to this day (2014).
10-11 Sep 2011Again for the second year running Biggleswade Cemetery Chapel in Drove Road was opened as part of the national Heritage Open Day This Heritage. There was an attendance of 80 visitors.
14 Apr 2011We took part in the Library Open Day to show the work of our Society along with other local groups. The weather was fine and sunny, attendance was good.

2010

11-12 Sep 2010The National Heritage Open Days scheme is a scheme that opens, for free, buildings of interest that would not normally be open to the public and has been running since 1994. Noticing that Bedfordshire was not well represented in compared with other counties; we decided to find a building worthy of opening. It was decided to open Biggleswade Cemetery Chapel in Drove Road. We opened for the first time with the agreement of the Town Council. It was a great success with 88 people attending over the two days. The local favourably commented on hearing the tolling of the bell for the first time in many years.
2 May 201010th Anniversary of the twinning of the town with Erlensee, near Frankfurt, Germany with Biggleswade. An event was held on the Market Square with a number of stalls & displays. We were happy to take part with our own stall showing our activities.

2007

Jun 200750th Anniversary of the Biggleswade Carnival.
13 May 2007Stratton School Farm Plant Sale and Farm Fun Day - We were delighted to be asked to attend this event and with many thanks to member Graham Rook we had many fascinating farm implements to add to our own exhibits. The terrible weather "dampened" spirits a little but our hosts ensured we were taken care of.
15 Apr 2007Stratton School Music Festival - In support of this event we provided an exhibition of our work and the forthcoming carnival and a quiz "Textures of Biggleswade" drew some interest.
7 Feb 2007Centenary Celebration at New Spring Waterworks - We provided for Anglian Water Authority an exhibition of the history of the Biggleswade Water Board and development of the water works that still supplies Biggleswade. A presentation of the history of the works prepared by Mike Strange was made to Sam Whitbread, HM Lord Lieutenant for Bedfordshire and grandson of the benefactor of the original well.

2006

23-31 Oct 2006A Dan Albone Commemorative Exhibition in Biggleswade library - A photographic display of the achievements of this great man of Biggleswade.
29 Oct 2006Commemorative service at St. Andrew’s Parish Church - Members of the Society presented images of Dan and a synopsis of his life and inventions. The service included Dan’s favourite hymn and readings of accolades that were bestowed upon him both during his lifetime and at the time of his funeral at St. Andrew’s.
15-17 Sep 2006Steam Fair at Shuttleworth - Photographs of the "Made in Bedfordshire" exhibition are here.
2 Apr 2006Biggleswade Gardening Club held their Spring Flower Show and we had a book stall and small exhibition.
27-28 Jan 2006Kramp (UK), of Stratton Business park, Biggleswade, held an open for their clients and suppliers. The Biggleswade History Society were invited to present a display related to Dan Albone, inventor of the Ivel Agricultural Machine; this being directly relevant to Kramp being a supplier of agricultural machinery spares and equipment. Our exhibition was well received and Kramp's appreciation was shown by a most welcome donation for which we are delighted to publicly thank them. Also, thanks to John Tolson, Rex Skinner and Eric Lund for helping Jean and myself (Mike Strange) support the stand for the two days. Click here to see photos.

2005

16 Oct 2005VE/VJ Day Celebrations and Commemoration were arranged by the staff of the Biggleswade Town Council and we had a marquee on the Market Square with displays of various material featuring "Britain at War and Biggleswade on the Home Front", "VE/VJ Day celebrations in 1945" and "Rebuilding for the Future". We also had exhibitions of ephemera and artefacts. We had a fantastic response and sold a good quantity of publications and signed up more new members than we have at any exhibition. a big thank you to all who came and helped to make the day one to remember
Click here for the full programme that was on offer.
See our photo gallery.