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:

We are pleased to continue our very successful monthly Zoom presentations.

The next talk (via Zoom) will be on Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 7.30pm.

“Dressing the Part: Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928)”, by Dr Veronica Isaac.

Dame Alice Ellen Terry Choosing by George Frederic Watts Small 

Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928) was one of the most popular and celebrated actresses of her generation. She achieved this status in spite of a professional career and personal life, which directly challenged conventional Victorian morality and social codes: encompassing three marriages, two illegitimate children, and at least two long term love affairs.

Inspired by research into a collection of the actress’s costumes (preserved in her former home, Smallhythe Place, Kent) this talk will explore key moments in Terry’s life and career. As it will discuss, Terry was a performer who understood the power of dress. Through close analysis of key examples from her personal and theatrical wardrobe, it will highlight the crucial part dress played in securing Terry’s position as an icon of the Aesthetic movement, and cementing her legacy as an actress who understood the ‘art’ of theatre.

Veronica Isaac is a material culture historian who specialises in the history of nineteenth century dress and theatre costume. She spent a decade working in the Department of Theatre and Performance, Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) and is now a curatorial consultant and university lecturer. She is currently working at the University of Brighton, New York University London and Rose Bruford College.

This talk builds on her doctoral research into the personal and theatrical dress of Ellen Terry (1847-1928) and her current work on a new biography of the actress.

We will email members the link to this Zoom meeting a few days ahead of the meeting.

Visitors: We have a limited number of screens available for our Zoom talks, and give priority to our members. However, we are happy to welcome a small number of visitors (for £4.00). If you would like to attend a particular Zoom talk, please contact our Membership Secretary, Roger Day for further information. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members: 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 (from 2019-2020) will roll on for now. Please let Membership Secretary, Roger Day know if your contact details (including email address) change. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HHA Committee:

We are looking for one volunteer to join the Committee at our AGM in June, which will again be held via email this year because of the Covid pandemic restrictions.

All HHA committee appointments are normally for 3-year terms, and this year your Chairman, Hugh Pihlens will be standing down, so we are seeking a volunteer for new Chairman.

Whilst a current member of the committee is happy to stand for Chairman for the coming three years, if (s)he is appointed, we would then need one additional Committee Member to complete the committee.

If you would be interested to join this excellent committee, either as Chairman or Committee Member, please contact any member of the committee.

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.