News and events

Upcoming events

Please note that the precise titles may be subject to change.

  • Tuesday 16 November 2021: “Travelling on the London-to-Birmingham Railway in the 1830s” (Phil Marsh).
  • Tuesday 04 January 2022: Balancing Lake (Parks Trust).
  • Tuesday 18 January 2022: Death in the Pot (Geoff Morris).

The talks begin at 19:30, so please arrive in good time. All talks are held at the URC in town.

Important information regarding our evening events:

  • Please bring correct change (£1 for members, £3 for non-members).
  • Masks/visors etc. are a personal choice.
  • We request that visitors from different families sit socially distanced where possible (upstairs will also be opened).
  • We regret that at present we cannot offer refreshments. If you need something to drink during the ~90 minutes of the events, we would suggest bringing a bottle of water from home (we suggest water so that if there’s a spill, it’s easy to clean up).
  • We are going to pilot a ‘no contact’ raffle from October 2021.

Visiting the museum (Chandos Hall)

The museum will be open on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday 14 November (14:00-16:00).
  • Sunday 28 November (14:00-16:00).

You no longer need to book visiting slots – simply turn up while we’re open. In line with current government recommendations, we have removed the one-way system, masks are encouraged but are down to the choice of each individual visitor, and the museum will continue to be cleaned down after each open day.

Other events

  • All are welcome to visit our stall at The Kings Arms on Saturday 27th November: 15:00-20:00 (weather permitting).

The Heritage Trail, September 2021

We have designed these self-guided town trails for people to complete in their own time, but if you’d like your answers to be marked, please post the completed trail through the NPHS Museum door at Chandos Court, Silver Street. Remember to put contact details on your sheet!

Newport Pagnell Historical Society (NPHS) was founded in 1984 by a small group interested in the buildings and people of the town and surrounding area and concerned in preserving the past for the future. By the 1990’s the thriving society, by its own fund raising efforts and with the generous help of the Harry Middleton Gift, was able to purchase and refurbish Chandos Hall and open it both as a Museum and the Society’s headquarters. The Society currently has around one hundred and seventy members who meet twice a month and is active in many aspects of the town and further afield including the preservation of historical buildings – many of which have been sadly lost in the past.

The Membership Fee is £10.00 for all ages (18+). Forms and dues can be paid at the museum or any evening talk.

Our address is: Newport Pagnell Historical Society, Chandos Hall, Silver Street, Newport Pagnell, Bucks, MK16 0EN .

Museum entrance

Chandos Hall (the museum) can be found down the alleyway between numbers 52-54 Silver Street, and is the white-painted building to the right at the end.



Supporting NPHS 🙂

Did you know? We are usually available as a charity for points and other donations when you shop. We appreciate all donations (especially items related to our town, and ‘time’ donations such as volunteering at events!).

We are an eligible charity with Amazon Smile at (Amazon Smile charity page).

Such extra funding is crucial to help us maintain the museum collections and the Chandos Hall, and it helps us run our events as cheaply as possible. As someone somewhere might have once said: every little helps!

Some old pictures

  • Wombwell painting
  • A collection of Newport Pagnell jars and bottles

Newport Pagnell Historical Society would like to acknowledge and thank Alan Cooper – MKHA web administrator – for the friendly, cheerful and patient way he has assisted with this web site.