Royston and District Local History Society


The Society organises a number of talks by experts in their field to which members and the public are invited. Every summer It also organises coach trips to palces which may be of intetest to members.


The Royston Institute built in 1855 and now Royston’s Town Hall where the Society meets.

2019-20 Season


January 2nd

“Pomp and Circumstance”

Chloë Cockerill

February 6th

4 Inspirational Women

Damien Odell

March 5th

The History of Allotments

Kate Harwood

April 2nd

Stevenage: the first post-war New Town

Jo Ward

Unfortunately cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic

May 14th

Postponed until 3rd September 2020

7.30 p.m. – Annual General Meeting

8pm - ‘Tudor Cambridge'

Honor Ridout

The evening concludes with light refreshments.

June 6th

Postponed until 5th Septemebr 2020

Coach Outing to Windsor

2020-21 Season


October 1st

The church in Royston

Annette Guttridge

November 5th

The history of flying from the Wright brothers onwards

Terry Holloway

December 3rd

The history of the Bedford and Cambridge Railway

Stephen Owen


January 7th

History, archaeology, local history; a strained relationship

Kris Lockyear

February 4th

Place names

Anthony Poulton-Smith

March 4th

“The New River"

Richard Thomas

April 1st

The blue plaque scheme in Royston

F John Smith

May 13th

7.30 pm - Annual General Meeting

8.00 pm - "The Spy Who Loved"
Polish-born Countess Krystina Skarbek, aka Christine Granville was Britain’s first and longest serving special agent in WW2

Clare Mulley

The evening concludes with light refreshments.

June 6th 

Coach outing to Sulgrave Manor

Please note that the coach outing this year is on a Sunday

The Venue

The Heritage Hall
Town Hall
Melbourn Street

Meetings start at 8.00 pm