Welcome to the Warwickshire Local History Society

Next event: Saturday 22 September 2018 – 1.30 pm. Visit to the ancient parish of Yardley, Birmingham.  We explored two important historic buildings; St. Edburgha's parish church and Blakesley Hall.

Recent events:

Saturday 7 July -- Guy’s Cliffe House and Guy’s Cliffe walled garden, Warwick. We explored the ruined Guy’s Cliffe mansion and the attached mediaeval chapel. Later we saw the estate's original kitchen garden, since 2014 undergoing restoration by volunteers associated with the  Guys Cliffe Walled Garden Trust. 

Saturday 16 June -- vist to Filllongley, North Warwickshire: we saw Fillongley's Castle ruins, the church of St Mary's and All Saints, smaller historic buildings, and features of artistic interest. 

Saturday 5 May 2pm, Visit to Bedworth -- We explored the Parish Church, the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses, and the Old Meeting Church.

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's lecture explored the evolution of invective in the writings of this Puritan minister. 

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 cultural and historical context.

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

(See events page for fuller details of all the above)

Other Information: 

News (local history noticeboard): On our recently added page --find news about  a new Civil War project, Geoge Eliot and her bicentenary, the Kenilworth FHS Programme, and the Southam Heritage Collection;  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 (slightly amended after alterations by some venues; details of the Christmas outing on 1st December will be available shortly). Download general 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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