The Forge Museum is staging a major exhibition of WW1 memorabilia at Much Hadham Village Hall in Aug 2014 with the help of local volunteers. All aspects of life “on the home front” are to be highlighted using a large variety of relevant artefacts, photographs, documents and postcards etc. At our November meeting, the Forge Museum curator, Cristina Harrison, showed us some of the many objects she intended to use. These included a section of a zeppelin which had crashed locally and a number of interesting photographs and documents. Members brought along a wide selection of material from their own collections for potential use in the exhibition. Non-members who are also willing to loan suitable material are encouraged to contact the museum.

The society had a very successful and enjoyable social event in December which incorporated an excellent local history quiz set by Bill Cullen.

As a result of my earlier appeal, the 1954 Much Hadham WI Scrap Book has been located and again forms part of the Forge Museum’s collection. Images from this fascinating, but fragile book, covering both historical and 20thC life in Much Hadham have been put on to CD; one CD has been given to each WI. The book can thus be read whilst avoiding wear and tear of the original.

Our 2014 programme comprising a mixture of talks by learned experts, local history walks (Ware & Standon) in the summer and members' evenings is shown on our web site

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 17th, 8:00pm, Green Room, Much Hadham Village Hall,
A Mixed Bag – Local History and Beyond (cont.)by Stephen Ruff.

Monday, March 17th, 8:00pm, Green Room, Much Hadham Village Hall, Hidden Histories: The Slave Trade and its Abolition in Hertfordshire, by Daphne Knott of Hertfordshire Archive and Local Studies.

Mike Clark  



At our August meeting Stephen Ruff displayed some of his large collection of Much Hadham memorabilia. Members and guests were pleased to see unique photographs of the life of the parish, its buildings, street scenes and events, friends, acquaintances, forebears, characters, sports teams, etc. Also on display were railway memorabilia, and a large number of pamphlets, bills, tickets, minute books etc., taken from everyday life over many years. Of particular interest was a photocopy Stephen had made of Jean Page's handwritten notes made shortly before the publication of her book "A Millennium Scrap Book". As many of you will know, Jean's original and more detailed scrap book has been missing for some time. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the latter, please get in touch with Much Hadham WI.


We plan to arrange a similar evening during 2014 to enable members to display their own Hadham memorabilia and several have already agreed to contribute. Also, at some stage, we will be seeking volunteers to help catalogue Stephen's extensive collection, which will eventually be donated to the Forge Museum.


Upcoming Events


Monday October 7th, 8:00pm, Green Room, Much Hadham Village Hall,

"Chaldean Estate - A History" by Gordon Morrison.

A History of the Chaldean Estate built up from archaeological finds found by Richard Maddams and Kevin Easton.



Monday November 11th, 8:00pm, Much Hadham Forge Museum,

"World War 1 Exhibition"

An opportunity to view the WW1 collection. Please bring along any WW1 memorabilia to the museum


Mike Clark

Chair, HHS