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*** CORONAVIRUS ***      

October 2020: we have decided to trial museum visits by timed ticket! Here is a short video (using an example open day) to explain how to book using the third-party system, and links for each open day are underneath. Essentially you just need to select the time, and enter your forename, surname, and email address. The ticket allows you and up to three others in your bubble to visit (four people maximum). There will be two volunteers at the museum. Please note the following:

  • all visitors will need to give contact details when visiting the museum with the timed ticket – NPHS will need to keep the data for 21 days, at which point it will be destroyed.
  • for everyone’s safety, all visitors (and volunteers) are required to wear face masks or face shields, unless you are exempt as per government guidelines.
  • there is a one-way system in effect.
  • hand sanitiser is available.


Tuesday 27 October (four 30-minute slots available between 14:00-16:00) can be booked here.

Thursday 29 October (four 30-minute slots available between 14:00-16:00) can be booked here.

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.

Following discussion at our 2020 AGM, from January 2021 the Membership Fee will be £10.00 for all ages. For the ‘Talk Evenings’, the attendance fee of £1.00 for members and £3.00 for visitors will remain the same. On these evenings there is also a raffle and refreshments available.

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.

Every year, we apply to be a local charity for the CO-OP community scheme (CO-OP charity page), but we have recently applied to be an eligible charity for Amazon Smile at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ (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!

Milton Keynes Heritage Days (11-20 September 2020)

The Society has made some ‘Treasure Hunts’ that take you around Newport Pagnell.

Treasure Hunt 1: HERITAGE 2020 NPHS Treasure Hunt 1 Q Buildings & Bridges

Treasure Hunt 2:  HERITAGE 2020 NPHS Treasure Hunt 2 Q Letters in Nature –

Map for walks: NPHS walks map

Walks info and maps are printable. Once completed please deliver to Chandos Hall and they will be marked. If an email address is included we can send you the results.

The items below can be found under our ‘ABOUT NPHS’ tab

Programme for 2020                                                                                                               

This has been heavily changed because of Coronavirus. We are exploring online options.

Next Meetings – for details of these please visit ‘NEWSLETTERS and POSTERS’

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.