Local History Societies



Archaeological Societies Field Archaeology:




Information: Anyone interested in learning more, or helping others to learn more about the history of our fascinating City of Liverpool is warmly invited to attend any of these meetings. Guests are always most welcome, but after their first, free,visit, they are invited to make a contribution towards expenses.
Meetings: See website for dates and lectures. All meetings start 2.00p.m. (Doors open 1.30p.m) Room C114, 1st floor Cornerstone Building, "Hope at Everton", Shaw Street, Liverpool.
Journal: Issued free to members, copies @ £3.50 are available for purchase by the public from a number of commercial outlets in Liverpool and area, or by post from the Secretary of the Society (address below)
Membership Details: Individual @ £10.00 per year, Joint, for any two persons living together at the same address @ £15.00 per year, Student for anyone 12 - 18 years of age, or of any age undergoing a course of full-time education @ £5.00 per year, Life,, at ten times the annual rates shown above (Not available to Students)
Membership Secretary, LHS, 55 Greenloons Drive, Formby, Liverpool, L37 2LX
Contact: The Secretary, LHS, 46 Stanley Avenue, Rainford, WA11 8HU
e-mail: liverpoolhistsoc@merseymail.com
Web site: www.liverpoolhistorysociety.org.uk


Information: The Society is a charity which exists for educational purposes to promote the study of any aspect of the history of the Palatine counties of Lancashire and Cheshire and successor local authorities. The aims of the Society are achieved principally through public lectures and the publication of an annual volume of Transactions. The Constitution of the Society was published in volume 145 of Transactions for 1996.
Meetings: All meetings are free. Members and non-members are welcome. Please note different times and venues. See website for dates and lectures. The Roscoe Room is on the 5th floor of Liverpool Central Libraries, William Brown Street, Liverpool.
Journal: Articles published in the annual Transactions, a peer reviewed journal, reflect recent high quality research and scholarship on the two counties
Membership Details: Individual membership (U.K. residents) - 16.
To join the Society, please complete the membership form on the Society website and return to: Dr. D.E. Ascott, School of History, University of Liverpool, 9 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L69 7WZ .
Contact: General enquiries
e-mail: liverpoolhistsoc@merseymail.com
Web site: www.hslc.org.uk


The West Derby Society, Liverpool, was founded in 1977 and holds regular monthly meetings at Lowlands, a beautiful Grade II-listed 1846 merchant’s mansion set in a rare Victorian city woodland garden. Registered with the Civic Trust, the Society seeks to protect and promote the history and heritage of West Derby, an ancient community older than Liverpool. The Society is as also actively involved in planning and environmental issues in the area.

Meetings: 7.30 pm on the third Wednesday of each month except during the summer. All are welcome. Evening outing in June and a day trip in July. No meetings in August.

Membership : The annual subscription is £8 which includes a free quarterly newsletter. Under-18s have free membership. Meetings are lively and include a discussion and update on West Derby issues followed by a guest speaker. Recent topics have ranged from Liverpool John Lennon Airport and taxidermy to the Mole of Edge Hill and protecting wildlife!


The Wavertree Society aims to improve local amenities and to protect the local environment and architectural heritage, especially within the Wavertree Village and Wavertree Garden Suburb Conservation Areas.

Membership: please apply to 338 Wavertree Nook Road, Liverpool L15 7LJ.

Note that payment of the first subscription ensures delivery of Newsletters for at least twelve months.


Gateacre is a Liverpool village which has kept its character more than most. Within a quarter-mile radius there are over 100 listed buildings some of them dating back to the 17th century. Aims are to improve local amenities, protect the environment and conserve the architectural heritage of the Gateacre district of Liverpool, research local history, issue newsletters to members to keep them informed, hold meetings, outings and illustrated talks.

Membership Secretary: at 6 Hayles Grove, Liverpool L25 4SL.



The Society's purpose is to carry out and publish research into these two historic communities on the south-west coast of Lancashire, England and their surrounding area.

Since its foundation in 1985 the Society has published eight books and a historic map.



The Formby Civic Society aims to make learning about Formby a more accessible and appealing to a wider audience. The website contains information about the Society, Formby's history and latest news and events within the area.

Meetings : first Thursday of each month, commence at 8 pm and finish at approximately 10 pm. and are held in the Ravenmeols Community Centre, Park Road, Formby.

Contact: Hon. Secretary; Mr David Willis , 5 Phillips Close, Formby Tel: (01704) 878994
Email: secretary@formbycivicsociety.org.uk

Local History enquiries to the History Group Secretary: Barbara Yorke , Briardale, 3 Wicks Lane, Formby, L37 3JE Tel: (01704) 872187
Email: yorke@formbycivicsociety.org.uk



All lectures commence at 8.00pm at the Liverpool Jewish Community Centre, Harold House, Dunbabin Road, Liverpool L15 6XL Admission free for JHSE members, otherwise £2.50 Refreshments after the lectures.

Contact: Arnold Lewis  Tel: 0151 722 5021

Email: liverpool@jhse.org




Information:Formed in 1973, we are the official co-ordinating body for local history in the County Palatine of Lancaster. We have members as far apart as Dalton-in-Furness to the north and Denton to the south, Fleetwood to the west and Farnworth to the east. Whether you are interested in Local History, Family History, Archaeology or Industrial Archaeology, if there is a bearing on Lancashire in your field of research, one or more of our member societies will be able to help.
Membership of the Lancashire Local History Federation is open to all societies with an interest in local and/or family history within the County Palatine of Lancaster (that is, Lancashire within its pre-1974 borders). Individual local historians, whether resident or not within Lancashire, are equally welcome.
Journal: Lancashire Local Historian (Annual, £2.50)
Membership Details: Membership Enquires If you have a query about membership of the Federation, please contact Simon Martin, Membership Secretary, by email at members@lancashirehistory.org. Please send membership applications to Simon at: 21 Petticoat Lane Higher Ince Wigan Lancashire WN2 2LH
Contact: Mark Pearson, Hon Secretary, 101 Todmorden Road, Littleborough, OL15 9EB. Tel: 01706 379949
e-mail: secretary@lancashirehistory.co.uk
Web site: www.lancashirehistory.org.uk


There is an extensive list of Lancashire Local History Societies and their websites on the Lancashire Local History Federation web pages.



Information : 'Promoting the study of, and interest in, local history within the ancient County Palatine of Chester' The Association is an independent body whose membership includes organisations and individuals alike.
- It encourages Local History Societies by offering help and advice on how they may be run.
- It meets every three months at locations around the county.
- It publishes the much respected journal Cheshire History in December each year.
- It organises the Cheshire History Day held on the last Saturday in October.
Meetings: See website for dates and lectures.
Journal: Around 130 pages, various local articles and reviews with black and white illustrations plus one colour plate and available at the price of £5 plus 75p post and packing.
Membership Details: Personal membership is available for an individual or couple living at the same address at a subscription of £8.00 or £10.00 if overseas. It entitles the member to a complimentary copy of Cheshire History, to attend the quarterly meetings and ensures that they are well informed on Cheshire local history matters by being on the Association’s mailing list. It is hoped that in time further benefits of membership will be introduced. Use the application form to apply for individual membership.

Contact: Bruce Thompson, Membership Secretary, c/o Cheshire County Record Office, Duke Street, Chester, CH1 1RL. Tel: 01270 760810
e-mail: brucet@netcentral.co.uk
Web site: www.cheshirehistory.org.uk


There is an extensive list of Cheshire Local History Societies and their websites on the Cheshire Local History Association web pages.


Formed in 1960 the Chester Civic Trust's aim is "the conservation and improvement of this unique city and its immediate surroundings". With over 400 members the trust organises several events, such as lectures and open days.


Information: The object of the society is to interest in, and the study of, landscape history, to encourage a deeper enjoyment of, and respect for our landscape, to hold lectures and field visits, to organise study groups with a view to the recording and, where appropriate, the publication of their findings landscape history involves elements of History, Archaeology, Geography, Botany and Geology. The Society has a thriving membership drawn from a wide area and includes professionals, students, local and family historians and those simply wanting to know more about how their surroundings evolved. Although based in Chester, the Society's interests stretch well beyond Cheshire. Counties such as Shropshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Yorkshire and Flintshire have all been sourced.

Meetings: monthly lectures held in the Lecture Theatre at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester at 7:30pm. Our lecture programme is very popular and attracts well known speakers in the field of landscape history. Professor Mick Aston (of the Time Team) has spoken to the Society twice in recent years and Richard Muir (of 'Landscape Detective' fame). Members can attend the lectures free of charge. A charge of £2.00 per lecture is made for non-members.

Field trips : The Society organises field visits for its members each year. These are held on Saturdays, usually during the summer months. Recent visits have included Ludlow, Mold, Denbigh Moors, Bolsover, NW Wirral, Mellor Archaeological Project and Chester Geological Trail. Members of the Society have the opportunity to enjoy a weekend away studying the landscape of a particular area. Scotland and South Wales are two examples of places visited in the past. The weekend is held during September each year and is led by experts in the area concerned. Aspects of the surrounding landscape are studied, interspersed with ample opportunities to socialise.

Other Benefits: Members have a private area on the website, where the library catalogue can be searched and items ordered. The Committee meets once a month, and regularly discusses and reviews the service offered to the members, in line with the Society's objectives.  They welcome comments and feedback about all aspects of the Society's work.

Contact: honorary membership secretary: Miss A. Rowe, 5 Nicholson Close, Mickle Trafford, Chester, CH2 4QN



Over the last thirty years, the society has successfully raised the awareness of Birkenhead's history through the following activities by individual members and the Society as a whole:

  • The publication of Sidelights on Tranmere by JE Allison
  • The restoration of Tam O'Shanter's Cottage on Bidston Hill as a Visitors' Centre and Urban Farm.
  • Through the help of Mr W Hunt, the saving of the Knox Bell, which was presented to the town. It is now displayed in the restored tower of St.Mary's, by Birkenhead Priory.
  • The purchase of the Presentation Deed Box of the Borough Hospital.
  • A Library Exhibition of Birkenhead in the Second World War.
  • The creation of the central Birkenhead Historical Town Trail.
  • Involvement in other local interest groups including 'Friends of the Ferries', 'Friends of Flaybrick Memorial Gardens' , 'Friends of Birkenhead Park' , and Greasby Oral History Project (by Friends of Greasby Library) .
  • Publication of a Wilfred Owen information leaflet and trail.
  • Saving the Woodside Ferry Terminal building from demolition in partnership with the Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society.
  • Active participation in the Bidston Conservation Area Advisory Committee of Wirral Borough Council.
  • Listing and retention of the ' Alabama' dock and lock-gates at Cammell Laird.
  • Taking a leading role in the revival of ' Old Time Music Hall' performances, assisted by the Hamilton Quarter.
  • Assemby and cataloguing of Birkenhead and Mersey Ferry plans and artifacts in conjunction with Wirral Library Services.

New members welcomed. See membership page on website.
Regular series of talks and visits throughout the year, on a variety of local history topics, meeting on the third Thursday of every month at the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead. More details can be found on the relevant pages on the rest of the site.



The Society holds a monthly programme of lectures and is followed by several full-day field trips to archaeological sites during the summer. Weekend trips to visit areas further afield are also arranged. Through a regular newsletter members receive information about local fieldwork and excavations in which they can participate. Reports on archaeological work in the region appear in the Society's Journal.

Meetings : are held on the second floor at the new Friends’Meeting House at 22 School Lane, off Hanover Street, near the Bluecoat Centre. All our evening lectures begin at 7.30 pm and finish round about 9.00 pm


Information: Programme of lectures and excursions. Collaboration with Chester Archaeology and Liverpool University in field projects and excavations. Special programme of lectures, conferences and other events.
Meetings: See website for dates and lectures.
Journal: The Society has published a journal since 1850. It contains reports on local excavations, discussion articles by distinguished scholars and conference proceedings. Members are entitled to a copy of the current journal free of charge and to discounts on back numbers. More here
Membership Details:
Ordinary - 15.00 per year
Associate - 7.00 per year
Institutional - 20.00 per year
The benefits of membership:
Ordinary and Associate Members are entitled to:
Attend lectures organised by the Society free of charge
Take part in the Society's excursions at preferential rates
Borrow books from the Society's library
All members receive copies of the Society's twice-yearly newsletter, The Chester Antiquary. Ordinary and Institutional Members also receive copies of the Society's Journal.
Contact: Chester Archaeology, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD. Tel +44 (0)1244 402023. Fax +44 (0)1244 347522.
Web site: Chester Archaeological Society

Industrial Archaeology


Information: A friendly amateur society whose members share a common desire to find out more about local Industrial Heritage, particularly that of Merseyside, its products, remains, and the people who shaped it. Originally formed in 1964 as the North Western Society for Industrial Archaeology and History, MIHS is amongst the oldest societies of its kind in the country. Affiliated to both the Council for British Archaeology and the Association for Industrial Archaeology. From the outset MIHS has provided a winter programme of lecture meetings and a short programme of field visits in the summer. The May Study Weekend was first held in 1977 and has continued ever since, visiting a wide variety of venues all around Britain.

Meetings: 7.15pm on Monday evenings at Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool.

Enquiries from intending new members are very welcome. Details are given on the Contacts page or, alternatively, just turn up at any of the meetings shown on the programme and make yourself known to a member of the committee.

Membership: Membership form available for download on the website.

Benefits: A monthly Bulletin is sent to all members.

Society aims are:

  • to further interest in our Industrial Heritage
  • to study and record by written, photographic or other means the physical evidence and the techniques of past industries
  • to encourage active involvement in community archaeology projects

Contact:  Malcolm Verity: 01928 724804 email: mv@malcolmverity.com or Roy Forshaw: 0151 708 5939


MERSEYSIDE FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY UNIT (National Museums on Merseyside)

The Field Archaeology Unit is one of the longest established departments working in the north west of England. It began in 1977 as part of a Merseyside County service, initially with the support of Liverpool University. Their remit is to undertake archaeological research in the north west. This has involved excavations and field and aerial photographic surveys, which have produced evidence for several sites of all periods in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

These pages also contain information about events and publications, as well as staff. Developers and others can also learn about commercial archaeological services.

Cheshire Archaeology

Useful index on the Cheshire County Council website

Chester Archaeology

Their stated mission is 'Protecting, investigating and helping people to appreciate the archaeology of Chester and its District' 

Founded in 1972, Chester Archaeology is one of the longest-established archaeological units in the country and provides a comprehensive range of services aimed at many different types of people.

These services include:

  • Drawing up policies for the preservation and investigation of archaeological remains
  • Giving advice on the archaeological impact of proposed developments
  • Interpreting sites and monuments
  • Excavating and recording sites and buildings
  • Analysing archaeological finds
  • Maintaining the definitive archive of archaeological discoveries in Chester
  • Publishing technical and popular books and leaflets about our discoveries
  • Promoting public understanding and enjoyment of archaeology through short courses, lectures, displays, children's activities and opportunities for volunteer work and work experience placements
  • Joint projects in partnership with other sections of the City Council

Based at:

Grosvenor Museum,
27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD.
Tel: 01244 402009. Fax: 01244 347522.

See also: the Chester Wiki


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