Welcome to the Warwickshire Local History Society


April, May, June, July and September Events: postponed. In line with current government recommendations, we did not hold the members' evening on 21 April; we hope to rearrange this for a similar date next year.  Jim Ranahan, our Programme Secretary (lectures) is handling this and other meeting arrangements. We are also postponing the trips to Lea Marston and Over Whitacre on 9th May, Henley-in-Arden on 13th June, Napton on 18th July and Bagot's Castle on 5 September 2020.  

Rowan Fisher, our Programme Secretary dealing with outings, is in discussion with the local people responsible for our visits.  Rowan has been in touch with those already booked on the May, June, July and September outings to offer the option of either transferring the payment to next year or claiming a refund.  Please contact Rowan Fisher (rowanfisher367@gmail.com; 07507 293669) if you have any questions regarding outings. You can learn about our general news from our website,  http://warwickshirehistory.org.uk - or Facebook posts and Twitter feeds.

Our lecture programme will need to change somewhat; we expect that our speakers from October onwards will deliver talks ‘virtually’ using appropriate software. Even if physical meetings resume then, some members may be unwilling or in effect unable to join larger gatherings. Therefore, if we can safely resume physical lectures, we probably need to maintain a supplementary online option. We are also investigating the possibilities and practicalities of placing recordings of the talks on YouTube. Many of you may have used Facetime, Skype, Zoom, etc., for keeping in touch with family and friends. Our speakers, likewise, will have been getting used to online lecturing. 

Venue(s): We are still uncertain what Aylesford School’s policy will be about admitting outsiders to their premises from September. They may permit this, but only for reduced numbers. We hope to hear their decision by about mid-July (when an online committee meeting is planned). James Ranahan, our Programme Secretary for lectures, is investigating all the possibilities. You can address queries to him at james.ranahan@shakespeare.org.uk. 

A virtual ‘social’-- 15 September, starting at 7 pm.  To help our members, we are planning an informal online meeting in September. This will be an opportunity to brief you, to answer questions, and for all to become familiar with the technology and with online meeting ‘etiquette’.   It is likely that you will need to Install Software – A free version of GoTo Meeting is available, and this has been recommended by Jackie Bland, the Society's IT specialist.  There is no need to take any action immediately.  We will be giving more information and advice nearer to the date of the meeting.  

If you are one of our Members, have we got your up-to-date email address? And telephone number(s)?  Our communication exercise showed the usefulness of our database but revealed a few flaws.  

Note: In normal cirucmstances, our Meetings run from October to April start at 7.30pm, preceded by coffee at 7pm, at Aylesford School, Tapping Way, Warwick, CV34 6XR.  

Remember, if you are a member of one of our affiliated societies, you can enjoy our talks for free!

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Would you like to join the Warwickshire Local History Society? Visit our Members Page for a summary of the benefits, and to apply.

Publications: A new cumulative Warwickshire Bibliography is now available. See link on our Publications page;  please let us know of any errors or omissions.

Forthcoming events

See our WLHS EVENTS PAGE for further details on past and future talks..

Bookings are currently on hold for for our Summer Outings in July and September. 

Please see our WLHS EVENTS PAGE for further details

Other Information from Around the County:

News (local history noticeboard): On our NEWS page -- Read about new developments for the lottery funded 'Warwickshire Wayside' project and plans for the rehousing of The Regimental Museum for the Queen's Royal Hussars - Churchills Own.  

Events Run by Other Local History Societies.  Go to our 'OTHER EVENTS' webpage for more information on what events our affiliated socieities are running across the county.  For comprehensive details of Warwickshire events, see our Bulletin.

And news from elsewhere: 

  • The Hive: Funding Threat to Worcestershire Archives. The news from Worcester is concerning, as the Hive (a combined local authority/university archive) is at risk of leaving more than half its funding. The Friends are asking anyone concerned to sign a petition and/or to write in support; please see fuller details here.

Recent events:

Most recently, we enjoyed listening to Dr Cathryn Enis from the University of Birmingham talk about The Wigston Family Network during the Reign of Elizabeth I.

Visit our WLHS EVENTS PAGE for more details of this and other past events.



The winter lectures are free to WLHS members and members of affiliated Local History Societies. We now charge non-members £3.00 -- refundable on the night when joining the Society!

For enquiries and bookings for forthcoming events, contact Rowan Fisher (Outings) or Jim Ranahan (Talks) at rowanfisher367@gmail.com or James.ranahan@shakespeare.org.uk


Meetings from October to April 7.30pm,
with coffee from 7.00pm,
Aylesford School, Tapping Way, Warwick,
CV34 6XR 

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For the Society's programme see our WLHS Events page.

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