Joan Curran
March 5 1928 – March 22 2021

We are sorry to report the death of Joan Curran, one of our founder members, who was the society’s secretary for many years.
Joan had just celebrated her 93rd birthday and had moved to a care home at Somerset, near her son and family.
Cremation will be at Somerset, but a service will be held at St Giles Church, Totternhoe, at 10.00 on Thursday, April 8, when Joan’s ashes will be place on her husband’s grave. Because of the lockdown restrictions, there will be a limitation on the numbers who can attend the service. Further details can be obtained from the society’s chairman, John Buckledee, on 01582 703107 (answerphone).
Joan was a noted local historian and the author of many books and articles about this area. There will be a detailed obituary in the Luton News/Dunstable Gazette on Wednesday March 31.

Welcome to the Dunstable and District Local History Society website. The society was founded in September 1991 and organises monthly meetings where its large audiences are entertained by a variety of speakers. The current programme is included in the events guide on this website. The society also arranges outings for members during the summer months and publishes a newsletter twice a year which contains authoritative articles on local history.

The society maintains research rooms at the Dunstable Council offices in Grove House, High Street North, where a collection of books, manuscripts and photos is kept. To arrange to visit the rooms please leave your contact details on the feedback form on the "contact us" section of this website.

It has also published a number of historical booklets about old trades of the town, including The Whiting Works, by Joan Curran, Dales Dubbin, Flemons' Herbs, Bagshawe's engineering and Cross's paperware, all by Colin Bourne and Shops and Markets by Fred Moore and Don Kemp. Society members also contributed to Dunstable at War, the collection of eyewitness accounts compiled by Jean Yates and Sue King. The latest publication is the history of Priory House by Joan Curran which is now on sale price £2.00.

The society meets at 7.45pm on the second Tuesday of each month (except during the summer break) at the Methodist Church Hall, The Square, Dunstable, where visitors are welcome.

Annual membership costs £8 (June - December fee £4). Entrance fee for non members is £2 per meeting.

This website includes complete reproductions of our newsletters covering a variety of local history subjects . We will be adding to these regularly.

There is also a selection of Dunstable photographs. Again, we will be adding to these regularly and also increasing the amount of detail included in the captions. We would welcome any additional information or photographs.

Click here to see the latest Newsletter (issue 56).

Click here to see our Dunstable timeline.

Click here to find out more about 'Dunstable Timeline' (third revised edition) - now on sale: An 92-page book containing around 2,500 interesting facts about Dunstable





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