Local Societies

BALH offers these links as a service to members and takes no responsibility for the content and quality of the sites listed.

This page is constantly updated. If you have any suggestions of sites we should include, please Suggest A Site.

Abbots Langley Local History Society

Abbots Langley is a village in Hertfordshire, England, situated between Watford and Hemel Hempstead, and close to St Albans. The Society was formed in 1994.

http://www.allhs.org.uk

Acton History

Acton History Group meetings, and pictures and text on the history of Acton, Middlesex.

http://www.actonhistory.co.uk

Aireborough Historical Society

Aireborough is now part of the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, including Guisely, Yeadon and Rawdon. The society was formed in 1957, but this is a new site, with illustrations and information, and a developing discussion forum.

http://www.aireboroughhistoricalsociety.co.uk 

Amble And District, Northumberland

A growing local history site which already has a collection of photographs of unusual subjects 

http://www.fusilier.co.uk 

Archives For London

the independent voice for London's archive practitioners and users

http://www.archivesforlondon.org 

Avon Local History and Archaeology

ALHA is the umbrella group for the 85+ local history and archaeology groups and societies in Bristol, Bath, north and northeast Somerset and south Gloucestershire.

www.alha.org.uk

Bangor Civic Society

A Clear If Basic Site, With Much Information And Local History Material Under 'Tools And Features'.

http://www.bangorcivicsociety.org.uk 

Barwick-In-Elmet Historical Society

http://www.barwickinelmethistoricalsociety.com 

Bedfordshire Local History Association

The association promotes the study of local history within and around Bedfordshire. BLHA organise a variety of events, such as walks, lectures, visits, workshops, exhibitions and conferences throughout the county, as well as publishing our newsletter, History in Bedfordshire, four times a year. They can also provide information and assistance in the study of local history.

http://www.bedfordshire-lha.org.uk/

Bexley Historical Society

Founded in 1951, this group pursues wide interests relating to the history of Bexley and district.

http://www.bexleyhistoricalsociety.co.uk 

Bicester Local History Society

This very active society was set up in 1986 to acknowledge and encourage the interests of people in the history of Bicester and the surrounding area. This website is a showcase for the society's activities and publications, and an extensive resource for those interested in the history of our ancient market town.
http://www.blhs.org.uk

Bishop's Stortford And Thorley

a new, comprehensive, website about the history of this area of East Hertfordshire

http://www.stortfordhistory.co.uk/ 

Bourne Society

A new site focusing on local history in Caterham, Chaldon, Chelsham, Chipstead, Coulsdon, Farleigh, Godstone, Kenley, Purley, Sanderstead, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and Woldingham.

http://www.bourne-society.org.uk 

Bromyard & District Local History Society

An active, flourishing society with a large archive and research room, and some 20 substantial publications.

http://bromyardhistorysociety.org.uk/

Buckland Brewer History Group

The aim of BBHG is to inspire the people of Buckland Brewer and/or those have some association with the parish, to take pride in, and ownership of, their history in all forms and to support those who wish to explore its history further. http://bucklandbrewerhistorygroup.wordpress.com

Bygone Derbyshire

from the Derby Evening Telegraph

http://bygonederbyshire.co.uk/ 

Cambridgeshire Association For Local History

Events, and information, with links to other groups in Cambridgeshire

http://www.calh.org.uk 

Camden New Town History Group

http://www.camdennewtown.info 

Chester Image Bank

a searchable historic database of 6000 images of Chester and District which makes historic Chester accessible to the world in photographic and pictorial form.

http://www.chesterimagebank.org.uk

Cholesbury & St Leonard's Local History Group

Founded in the 1960s, this group is interested in the hilltop villages of the Chilterns. 

http://www.cholesbury.com/prog_events.htm 

Clavering

An example of a considerable local history element within a village website.

http://www.claveringonline.org.uk 

Cleveland And Teesside Local History Society

A very active group in the North East, setting exemplary high standards for a local history society.

http://www.ctlhs.co.uk

Coddington History Group

Another very good example of a local society website. It has an interesting structure, well-illustrated without being overpowering, and simple to navigate.

http://www.coddington.org.uk 

Colton History Society

An effective site for this Staffordshire village which has a long and vibrant history

http://www.coltonhistorysociety.org.uk 

Conisbrough & Denaby Main Local History Web

A fast growing site about the neighbouring villages of Conisbrough and Denaby

https://sites.google.com/site/conisbroughlocalhistory/ 

Cottingley Village History Society

http://history.cottingleyconnect.org.uk 

County Durham History & Heritage Forum

The Forum exists to promote an interest in local history and family history, as well as the general heritage of Northern England. Members are local history groups in the North East, and some individual members. It co-ordinates and publicises member activities, and runs the biennial event Yesterday Belongs to You.

http://www.durhamweb.org.uk/historyforum 

Cumbria Local History Federation

A county site that operates as a gateway to local organisations in the area.

http://www.cumbrialocalhistory.org.uk/ 

Derbyshire Archaeological Society

This county society also covers local history, architectural history, and industrial archaeology.

http://www.derbyshireas.org.uk 

Doncaster Family and Local History Fair

BALH will be at this Family and Local History Fair (plus craft stalls) in Doncaster on Saturday 26 September 2015.

http://www.doncasterfhs.co.uk/

Epsom and Ewell History Explorer

A site managed by volunteers from Epsom & Ewell Local and Family History Centre.

http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/index.html

Exploring Surrey's Past

A site that looks at all aspects of the county's history and archaeology

http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk 

Faversham Local History

Faversham, Kent

http://www.faversham.org/history 

Fernhurst Society

Another local example

http://www.fernhurstsociety.org.uk/ 

Gloucestershire Local History

A county site that operates as a gateway to local organisations in the area.

http://www.gloshistory.org.uk/ 

Hartland Society

Hartland Forum is a hub site with links to much about the parish of Hartland in North Devon

http://www.hartlandforum.co.uk 

Heanor And District Local History Society

http://www.heanorhistory.org.uk/ 

Hexham Local History Society

A effective local society site. 

http://www.hexhamhistorian.org 

Holt Local History Society

A new website for the local history society, now 20 years old, of Holt, a border village in North Wales on the banks of the River Dee.

http://www.holtlhs.weebly.com 

Hornsey Historical Society

Founded in 1971. We actively publish on, and campaign for, the heritage of our area.
We have monthly talks and regular outings for members.

http://hornseyhistorical.org.uk/w/index.php

Huntingdonshire Local History Society

The Society was founded in 1957 to promote interest in the local history of Huntingdonshire and throughout the year provides a programme of lectures, events, excursions and publications.

www.huntslhs.org.uk

Huddersfield Local History Society

http://www.huddersfieldhistory.org.uk 

Islington Archaeology & History Society

www.islingtonhistory.org.uk 

Kingswood History Society

Kingswood History Society, Bristol, was established in 1965 and has a clear, easily navigated new website.

http://www.kingswoodhistorysociety.org 

Lancashire Local History Federation

A county site that operates as a gateway to local organisations in the area.

http://www.lancashirehistory.org 

Lapworth Local History Group

Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2015, this is a thriving group which holds 6 meetings a year with speakers, and 3 outings to historic properties and sites.  Their photo archive can be found on the excellent website of the neighbouring village www.rowingtonrecords.com

www.lapworth.info/history

Laxton History Group

Laxton in Nottinghamshire has a unique surviving medieval open field farming system.

http://www.laxtonhistorygroup.org.uk 

Leamington History Group

A very active group interested in the history of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

http://www.leamingtonhistory.co.uk

Leckhampton Local History Society

http://www.llhs.org.uk/ 

Ledbury & District Society Trust

http://www.ledburycivicsociety.org 

Ledbury History Society

At present this is a new personal project, with plans to develop. It has a particular emphasis on shops and food.

http://www.ledburyhistorysociety.co.uk 

Lenton Local History Society

http://www.lentontimes.co.uk 

Lexden History Group

http://www.lexdenhistory.org.uk 

Llanelli Historical Society

An exemplary local society website, effective, clear and easy to use.

http://www.llanellihistorical.co.uk 

London And Middlesex Archaeological Society

http://www.lamas.org.uk/ 

London Art History Society

affiliated to Birkbeck History of Art Society

http://www.londonhistoryofartsociety.org.uk

Longworth & District History Society

An active society in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire

http://www.longworth-district-history-society.org.uk 

Northwich & District Heritage Society

http://www.northwich-heritage.org.uk/ 

Ponteland Local History Society

http://www.ponthistsoc.freeuk.com/ 

Radley History Club

Site contains a history of the village (now in Oxfordshire, formerly in Berkshire), the catalogue of their extensive archives, and details of the society's publications.

http://www.radleyhistoryclub.org.uk 

Rase Heritage Society

Concerned with the history of the Rase area of Lincolnshire

http://community.lincolnshire.gov.uk/raseheritagesociety/ 

Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass

This voluntary group gives slide shows and talks about Rayleigh's rich history.

http://www.rayleighhistory.co.uk 

Recorders Of Uttlesford History

This organisation represents volunteers each with an interest in their own parish in the north-west corner of Essex.

http://www.recordinguttlesfordhistory.org.uk 

Redditch Local History Society

The Redditch Local History Society was founded in late 2009 with the aim of promoting, preserving and protecting the heritage of the unique history of Redditch, a small town in the West Midlands. They document and communicate the history of Redditch by means of exhibitions, talks, maps, walks and audio/visual records.

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk 

Rhondda Historical Society

A newly formed group in South Wales

http://rhonddahistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/

Shere Gomshall & Peaslake Local History Society

http://www.sherehistorysociety.co.uk 

Somerton Local History Project

A very new, and still, developing site for a local heritage project

http://somertonoxon.co.uk 

South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group

A specialised group, with a developing website that sets high standards of information, clarity and ease of use.

http://www.sgmrg.co.uk 

St Margaret's History Society

Society for St Margaret's, near Dover in Kent, active in producing an online village archive.

http://catalogue.stmargaretshistory.org.uk

Sunbury And Shepperton Local History Society

http://www.SSLHS.org.uk 

Tatham History Society

A newly launched site from this north Lancashire parish group

http://www.tathamhistory.org.uk 

Tewkesbury Historical Society

A well-established local group with some interesting activities, and accessible resources on the website

http://www.ths.freeuk.com 

Thriplow Society

This group promotes interest in local history, the environment and conservation of Thriplow and district.

http://www.thriplow.org.uk/thriplowsociety/ts.php 

Tickhill & District Local History Society

http://www.tickhillhistorysociety.org.uk 

Tintinhull Local History Group.

A site with a wealth of information; reference point for the group's projects.

http://www.tintinhull-localhistory.org.uk 

Totley History Group

Good site from a very small group, including 1911 censis transcription.

http://www.totleyhistorygroup.org.uk 

Treeton Local History Group

The local history society for the village of Treeton, Rotherham, S Yorkshire.

http://www.tlhg.org.uk 

Victoria County History (Shropshire)

The public launch of the new Victoria County History of Shropshire project is taking place on Saturday 31 October 2015 at University Centre Shrewsbury, The Guildhall.

http://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/shropshire

Wakefield Historical Society

http://www.wakefieldhistoricalsoc.org.uk/ 

Wargrave Local History Society

http://www.wargravehistory.org.uk 

Warwickshire Local History Society

Supporting local history in Warwickshire since 1965. In the winter months WLHS meets in Warwick for lectures.  In the summer it explores the Warwickshire countryside, especially those places with historical connections.  Warwickshire History is published twice a year.

www.warwickshirehistory.org

West Surrey Family History Society Fair

BALH will be at the Fair in Woking on Saturday 31 October 2015

http://www.wsfhs.org./pages/openday.php

Whitwell Local History Group

http://www.wlhg.co.uk/ 

Wild Rose Heritage & Arts

An oral history collection, plus video clips and gallery, relating to Upper Calder Valley, W Yorkshire

http://www.wildrosearts.net 

Wolverley and Cookley Historical Society

Formed in 1988, to research, record and publish on the history of Wolverley and Cookley in Shropshire.

http://www.wolverleycookleyhistorical.btck.co.uk/

Worcestershire Industrial Archaeology & Local History Society.

The WIALHS was founded back in 1971 when an inaugural meeting was held at the Victoria Institute Worcester by our founder and late President Bill Gwilliam. The Society has come a long way since those early days, and we now have over 150 members who meet regularly. 

http://www.wialhs.org.uk

Yorkshire Family History Fair

BALH will be at the Fair on Saturday 2 July 2016, at York Racecourse.

http://www.yorkshirefamilyhistoryfair.com/index.php