The Hungerford Historical Association

Welcome to the website of the Hungerford Historical Association.

Established in 1979, the HHA is one of the
best supported groups in the town,
and has about 200 members.

This website is all about the HHA itself.
To explore more of Hungerford's wonderful history
visit the Hungerford Virtual Museum.

The next meeting:

It is with much regret that because of the current Covid-19 pandemic we are unable to hold meetings in the Corn Exchange until further notice.

However, having cancelled meetings between March and December 2020, the Committee invited the opinion of members regarding possible plans of holding speaker meetings using Zoom. Over 100 people replied, and of those, about three quarters said that they would be likely to attend a Zoom HHA meeting.

So... Good News!

The next talk (via Zoom) will be on Wednesday 27th January 2021 at 7.30pm.


“Women at Pompeii”

Our first special Zoom talk will be on Wednesday 27th January 2021 at 7.30pm.

The talk will be “Women at Pompeii”, given by our HHA Secretary Helen Lockhart. Helen has spoken to the HHA previously on “The Art of John Constable and Wessex” in April 2018. She had been scheduled to talk on “Lady Craven and Benham Park” back in March 2020 – but that talk has been deferred until it can be delivered in the Corn Exchange.

‘Women at Pompeii’ explores the lives of interesting and dynamic women at Pompeii, prior to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. The talk examines how various women including a wealthy benefactress and priestess, a successful business woman, the wife of a freed man, managed to achieve various degrees of freedom, influence and autonomy, enabling them to carve out independent roles for themselves. It also looks at the lives of female slaves, bar maids and prostitutes. There are great views of the ruins at Pompeii, the buildings, wall paintings, sculpture and mosaics.

We will send the link to the Zoom meeting (and further advisory notes about Zoom) to members about a week ahead of the meeting.

After the January meeting, the Committee will make plans for possible future Zoom meetings.

Please note: We are still not requesting any membership fee at the present time. Members' name and contact details will remain safe with us, and your “virtual” membership will roll on for now. Please let Roger Day know if your contact details (including email address) change. 

What's on?

Our monthly meetings are attended by about 60-150 people. Follow this to see the current program of meetings.

How can I join the HHA?

The HHA has about 200 members. Follow this to see all about membership and how to join.