Welcome to the Warwickshire Local History Society

Next event: Saturday 16 June -- visit to Filllongley, North Warwickshire: 

An opportunity to see Fillongley's Castle, the church of St Mary's and All Saints, smaller historic buildings, and features of artistic interest. Some walking is involved in this visit (see events page for further details and booking arrangements).

Recent events:

Saturday 5 May 2pm, Visit to Bedworth -- We explored the Parish Church and the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses, noting the nineteenth-century changes financed from the very profitable local coalfield. Finally, the Old Meeting Church was a reminder of the strength of dissent in North Warwickshire in the late seventeenth-century, following restoration of the monarchy. The excellent tour by John Burton provided a  corrective to Pevsner's view of Bedworth as ‘a depressing small town’.

Tuesday 17 April 2018:  Dr. Polly Ha (History Department, UEA)  ‘Was Trolling an Elizabethan Invention?: Ecclesiastical vitriol and the role of Thomas Cartwright, Master of the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick.’    Polly Ha told us about Thomas Cartwright, the Puritan Minister and Master of Lord Leycester’s Hospital. He was active in a war of words with contemporaries around the year 1600, and the lecture explored the evolution of invective in his writings. 

Tuesday 20th March 2018:  Dr Elizabeth Goldring: 'Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth I and Kenilworth'  The lecture explored Dudley's building changes at the castle, his entertainments  for the Queen there, and the wider cultual and historical context.

Tuesday 20th February 2018: Dr Richard Churchley -- Old pubs and lost hostelries of Warwickshire: their history, names and stories

Saturday 25 November 2017: visit to Salford Hall.  Record numbers (over 70) joined  our pre-Christmas visit to the Salford Hall Hotel. Dr Nat Alcock  was an expert guide to the house's complex social and architectural history, while the  reenactment group Guarderobe  offered a light-hearted view of the Gunpowder Plot with its  links to the house.

Tuesday 21st November 2017: On our first Members’ Evening we heard several excellent presentations --
Alec Ross: 'Visualising Local History: the 1910-15 Valuation Survey in Stretton-on-Dunsmore.'
Stewart Fergusson: '‘The Factious Citie of Coventry’: Crisis and Change in the 17th Century.'

Professor Ronnie Mulryne: 'The Stratford Guildhall and Shakespeare's Schoolroom.'

(See events page for fuller details)

Other Information: 

News (local history noticeboard): On our recently added page --find news about the BALH Local History Day in June, Geoge Eliot and her bicentenary, and the Kenilworth FHS Programme; also Newcomen lectures in Birmingham, Research Conversations at Stratford, and details of the fine Radway civil war display. For comprehensive details of Warwickshire events, see our Bulletin.

Outings for 2018: We eventually finalised the list after alterations by some venues. Therefore please note that the dates on  the earlier programme card have changed. Download Invitation.

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

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 Neville Usher, info@warwickshirehistory.org.uk, 01789 205043

Meetings from October to April 8.00pm,
with coffee from 7.30pm,
Friends Meeting House,
39 High Street, Warwick,
CV34 4AX
Link to Google Map of location

For the Society's programme see Events

The Society's twice-yearly news bulletin includes contains society news and details of forthcoming local history lectures.
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