Welcome to the Warwickshire Local History Society

Forthcoming events: 

Tuesday 16 April 2019, Members' Evening: 

Three members will give three shorter talks on A Late Georgian Murder in Nuneaton (Steve Moore), 'A Chapel at Crimscote? or The Crimscote Chapel' (Robert Howe) and The Friends’ Meeting House, Warwick (Mark Booth).  This last talk is particularly pertinent as it is our last meeting in the historic surroundings of the Friends' Meeting House, before we move to our new home at Aylesford School in Warwick from October.

Saturday 11th May, Outing to Griff House, All Saints Church and Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton.

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


  • Changed venue: Aylesford School, Tapping Way (off Stratford Road), Warwick CV34 6XR -- from October 2019 this will be the location for our evening meetings. The move was prompted by the increasing problems parking in central Warwick. We do this with regret, as many of us are fond of the historic building we use. However our new meeting place is modern and well equipped (with ample free parking!), so we are confident that it will be to members' liking. Please note that evening lectures will begin at 7.30 pm, with tea and coffee served from 7 pm. 

Parking in central Warwick: As noted above, this is increasingly challenging; see the official map for information about parking spaces. 

Other Information from Around the County:

News (local history noticeboard): On our NEWS page -- find out about WarGen, the national World War 2 oral histories project, the Lanchester Archive, the Warwickshire Roman Hoard that Warwickshire Museum is hoping to acquire; the Polesworth Poetry Trail, the latest information on events for the George Eliot bi-centenary,  'Living through the English Civil War' project, 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.

Improved opening hours at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (the largest Shakespeare collection open to the public -- also an important local history repository); the Shakespeare Library and Archive is now open on an additional day, i.e. on Tuesdays as well as Wednesdays--Fridays, 9.30 -- 4.30 and Saturday 9.30-12.30.

Events Run by Other Local History Societies.  Go to our 'ACROSS THE COUNTY' webpage for more information on what events our affiliated socieities are running across the county.

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

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 a talk by local historian and WLHS member, David Paterson, on George Eliot: How a North Warwickshire upbringing helped to produce one of our greatest novelists.   

Visit our 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 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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