" Events and Lectures by The Blakeney Area Historical Society (BAHS)
The Blakeney Area Historical Society (BAHS) in North Norfolk

The Blakeney Area Historical Society

Covering The Blakeney Haven (Blakeney, Cley, Morston,Salthouse, Wiveton) & Adjacent Hinterland   Contact Us

Members' Area
Events / Lectures
Current Newsletter
Glaven Historian
History Centre
Guest Book
BAHS Constitution
Books & Publications
Contact Us
Information Emails


Links on this website are displayed using the colour Indigo


If your contact details or email address change please login to the members' area and update them otherwise please inform the membership secretary.

Website Issues

If you have a problem with the website please check if this is a known issue by clicking here.



Each year the BAHS organises a number of events/lectures which are open to members of the BAHS and visitors.

General Arrangements

Our meetings are open to all and typically attended by around 40 members and visitors. There is an entrance charge of £3 for members and £5 for visitors. Refreshments are included although a donation is appreciated.

All monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday in the month at 7.30 pm in the British Legion Harbour Room unless stated otherwise.

Click here for the address and a map for the Harbour Room.

Car parking is free at the Hall and there is ample parking available.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please spread the word and bring your friends.

If you are a member and we have your email address then you should receive an email about each event a few days before the event. If you don't receive them and would like to please contact the membership secretary.

If you are not a member but would like to receive an email reminder a few days before meetings (and a few other emails about our activities and items of general interest) then please use the sign-up form on the home page.

Our Lecture Programme Organiser may be emailed on

For details of events and lectures held in previous years please click here.

Programme for 2017/18

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Laura Eke and the fisherman who painted in wool - A real Norfolk story



Christine Humphries

The true story of a Norfolk Fisherman and his wife. I found the story while researching my family tree.

When researching my family tree, I like to take a person and research them from birth through their lives to their death and this is what happened with the talk about Laura and John.


Tuesday 31 October 2017

A Virtual Tour around Norwich’s French Borough*

Jonathan Hooton

At the time of the Norman Conquest Anglo-Saxon Norwich only reached as far west as the Great Cockey, near to Gentlemen’s Walk. One of the major changes brought about by the Normans was to move the market place to a new site (the present one) and two create a new built up area to the west, known as the New Burgh or French Borough. This grew eventually to incorporate the three new parishes of St Stephen, St Peter Mancroft and St Giles.

This talk will concentrate largely of the history and development of a large part of this area in the parishes of St. Peter Mancroft and St Giles. We will make our way (virtually) along Bethel Street and St Giles (originally, Upper Newport and Nether Newport) as well as some interesting sorties into the alleyways and courts that lead off them.

The talk will be preceded by a short AGM.

* This is a different talk by Jonathan than the one originally advertised on William Allen, Grocer and Shipping Tycoon.


Tuesday 28 November 2017

Norfolk in WW1

Neil Storey

Norfolk in the First World War is an illustrated lecture exploring the role and significance of the county, and its people during the years 1914-1918. The strategic importance of Norfolk in military history during that period will be examined, but the main thrust of the talk will be through a ‘social history’ approach that will focus on the profound impact of war and warfare on people on the home front in the county. Neil Storey is one of the foremost authorities on the military history of the county during the First and Second World Wars and is the author of Norfolk in the Great War and Norfolk Goes to War.


Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mardle Night: How coin finds are changing the face of Roman Britain: the evidence of hoards*

Roger Bland

Roger has just published his book 'Coin Hoards and Hoarding in Roman Britain AD 43-c. 498' and has stepped in at the last minute and will base this talk on one given recently in New York.

Roger Bland was President of the British Numismatic Society from 2011 to 2016. He retired from the British Museum in 2015, where he was Keeper of the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory and Head of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Before that he was curator of Roman coins at the Museum.

Please join us for Mardle night when there will various exhibits around the room plus the chance to partake in seasonal refreshments.

* Due to illness this is a change to the scheduled talk. Louise's talk on "Cromer and the Georgian Seaside Resorts" will be given at a later date.


Tuesday 30 January 2018

Short Talks

Talk 1: Cley Then & Now by Richard Jefferson

Talk 2: The story of a summer shawl made in Norwich by Diana Cooke

These talks are open to all but are given by members


Tuesday 27 February 2018

The Story of Norfolk Wools

Roger Arguile

... the passage of wool from sheep to the looms of the English weaver is one of the almost totally obscure areas of the mediaeval wool trade’ according to historians. It brought wealth to England, but Norfolk wool was never of the best quality and its production is in good part a mystery. There are, however, a few clues.


Tuesday 27 March 2018

Saints and their badges: pilgrim badges from Norfolk and elsewhere

Saints and their Badges

Dr Michael Lewis

Pilgrim badges can give a unique insight into the medieval practice of pilgrimage and one great centre was the shrine of St Mary at Walsingham. These badges are now often found by metal detector users in the countryside and recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Dr Michael Lewis is Head of the Portable Antiquities Scheme at the British Museum. He is an expert on the Bayeux Tapestry and among his books is `Saints and their Badges’.


Tuesday 24 April 2018

Scapegoat! The Avoidable Death of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse

Scapegoat! Death of Prince of Wales and Repulse

Dr Martin Stephen

The greatest naval defeat suffered by the Royal Navy in World War 2 was the sinking by Japanese shores-based aircraft of the new battleship Prince of Wales and the veteran battlecruiser Repulse. Widely blamed on the commander of 'Force Z', Admiral Sir Tom Phillips, there is overwhelming evidence that this tragedy was the cover-up of all time, stretching to implicate not just the Admiralty but also Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt. This was a last, desperate throw of the dice to save Singapore and Britain's Far Eastern Empire -- and when it all went wrong, the easiest man to blame had chosen to go down with his ship, and was not alive to defend himself.

Martin Stephen was formerly High Master of St Paul’s School and Headmaster of the Perse and Manchester Grammar Schools. He has written many books, including 'Scapegoat! Death of Prince of Wales and Repulse', the Henry Gresham series and Diary of a Stroke and is an authority on the poetry of the First World War.

Summer Break  
Tuesday 25 September 2018

400 Years at Holkham


Christine Hiskey

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Daniel Defoe’s Tour of the Eastern Counties in 1722:

An 18th Century writer’s view of the region.


Sarah Doig, Ancestral Heritage

Tuesday 27 November 2018

East Anglia Rood Screens


Dr Lucy Wrapson, Hamilton Kerr Institute