Events Programme

2019/20 Winter Programme starts on 11th October: History of Brickmaking in Bedfordshire

Winter Programme 2010/11


8th October
Pitsford Ironstone Quarry – History and Operation
Robert Payne
Pitsford quarries operated to the south-west of the village during the early and middle parts of the 20th century. Robert Payne along with his colleague Greg Evans has been studying the history of the quarries for many years, including interviews with former Pitsford quarrymen and will present their findings in the form of original documentation, plans and photographs.
12th November
NIAG Annual General Meeting
this will be followed at approximately 7.45 pm by
A Building History of the English Power Station
Steve Miles
From the early days of the electricity supply industry, the challenge has been to make these large buildings and structures more acceptable in an immediate local context, and later on, to try to 'fit' them within the wider landscape. The styles of these buildings tended to reflect architectural tastes of their time. The talk will cover early, small, water-powered sites, larger decorative urban ones, through to the creation of the more powerful stations of the inter-war and post-war eras.
3rd December
Water Mills along the River Nene
Geoffrey Starmer
There have been over 40 mills on the River Nene in Northamptonshire. Although most were used for milling cereals, their applications included fulling, cotton spinning and paper making. The significant difference between the summer and winter levels of the river affected the arrangements at a number of the mills.
14th January
Members' Evening
Our annual presentation by members of NIAG will as usual cover a diverse range of topics. There should be something to suit everyone! Members wishing to make a contribution are invited to contact Peter Perkins beforehand.
11th February
Railways and Canals in the Market Harborough Area
Dr Len Holden
The growth of our transport infrastructure in the 19th century was affected by both business needs and topography of the landscape. In his talk Dr Holden, an economics historian, will discuss the factors that influenced the development of railways and canals in the area around Market Harborough and the north of Northamptonshire.
11th March
The Cooper Collection - A Photographic Archive
Gary Shaeffer
Gary Schaeffer from Popperfoto will present a collection of rare and unique photographs taken by three generations of the Cooper family, photographers based in Northampton from 1866.

Winter Programme

The Committee has organised a number of talks for the winter months catering for a wide range of interests.

These meetings will be held on a Friday evening in the Garden Room at St Matthews Church Hall, off Kettering Road Northampton (car park entrance in The Drive). Meetings commence at 7.30 pm and are free to NIAG members.

We welcome visitors to all our meetings; there is a charge of £2.00 per person per meeting.

Potential new members are always welcome at any of these meetings when you can join on the night.


Archived winter programmes


Summer Programme

Details of the Summer Programme will be available in the new year (April).


Archived summer programmes

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