Organisations concerned with History in the county of Staffordshire
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|Name of Organisation||Aims, Objectives & Meeting Place||Publications/Website/Contact|
Chasewater Country Park, Near Brownhills
|Heritage Railway operation,
together with a wide range of associated activities. The Railway operates
over the sole remaining section of the Cannock Chase Coalfield railway network
Operates every Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday throughout the year
Contact: David Bathurst
|Codsall & Bilbrook History Society||Local History Society for the
Codsall and Bilbrook area. We aim to promote an interest in history
through regular talks as well as producing publications on areas of local
Meets at Codsall Village Hall on 3rd Tuesday in the month at 7.45pm
|Contact: Mrs. Judy Davies,
16 Wayside Acres, Codsall, Wolverhampton WV8 2BS.
Membership Sec: Mrs. M Dean, 162 Wood Road, Codsall, Wolverhampton WV8
Sixteen publications so far covering topics such as: Memories and Recollections, local families, Oaken, local Churches, Wartime in Codsall, local Schools, History Trails,
|Colton History Society||A social and research group
looking at all aspects of Colton's history and people.
Meets at Colton Village Hall on 3rd Thurs. of the month at 8pm
|Contact: Gill Sykes - Tel:
|Eccleshall Historical Society||Arranges a series of talks on
local history in addition to visits to locations of historic interest. We
do not undertake projects due to limited resources.
Meets at Eccleshall Community Centre, Shaws Lane, Eccleshall, on the 2nd Wed. of the month Sept. to July at 7.30pm
|Contact: Ken Tooth, 1
Romford Meadow, Eccleshall, Stafford ST21 6SP.
|Friends of Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service||To support the work of the Archive
Ser ice at all its service points throughout the County. To help to
develop & promote the education of the public through the use of archives.
To promote a range of talks & social events. To help raise money to
support specific projects for the Archive Service. To offer opportunities
for voluntary work within the Archive Service.
No regular meetings. Only gather at events and functions.
|Newsletter to members.
Web address: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/live/welcome.asp?id=4101
Contact: Malcolm Price
|Friends of the William Salt Library||To raise money, through various
social events, for the restoration and refurbishment of books and items in the
William Salt Library
Four Committee meetings a y ear, plus AGM at the Library. Monday evenings
Contact: Mary Dodkins, 11 Usulwall Close, Eccleshall, Stafford ST21 6AJ. 0111785 850345
|Historical Association, Mid-Trent Branch||Branch of the national Historical
Association and we have a strong emphasis on and interest in, local history.
Meet in Lichfield, (and Derby and Belper) at various dates and times
Web Address: click here
Contact: Dr Trevor James (Sec.)
|Hixon Local History Society||Monthly meetings to consider a
range of topics related to local history. Also occasional visits to local
places of historical interest.
Meet at Hixon Memorial Hall on 1st Tuesday of month at 8pm
|"Memories of Hixon" by Eddie Craik,
Contact: Colin Hutchins0n, Sec., 39 Highfield Road, Hixon, ST18 OLY.
|The Ilam Cross Trust
Company No. 4978686 Charity No. 1101384
|A campaign is being launched to save Ilam Cross from ruin, to conserve it and arrange for its preservation for the future. A registered charity has been formed and 2005 sees the start of a major fundraising effort to cover the considerable costs involved. CLICK HERE to read about the history of the cross and why its conservation is so important.||Blog Site: http://ilamcross.blogspot.com|
|Ingestre & Tixall Local History Group||Informal monthly talks on local
history of Ingestre & Tixall, with two guest speakers a year and one summer walk
for the May meeting. Biannual Local History Exhibition at the Village
Meet last Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm Sept-May (excluding ~Dec.) in the Village Hall
|A History of Tixall - 1. Tixall's
Churches by Anne Andrews 1995.
Web Address: http://pages.britishlibrary.net/tixandrews
Contact: Anne Andrews, 2 The Hanyards, Tixall, Stafford ST18 OXY 01785 246101
|The Landor (Local History) Society||Local history society for Rugeley
Meet at Sneydlands, Bryans Lane, Rugeley on 3rd Wednesday in month at 7.30pm Feb to April and Aug to Nov. May to July visits - see programme
|A walk through Rugeley - 50p (A
Looking back on Rugeley by Alec Neal. £1
A Beaudesert legacy: mining in Brereton, Longdon & Armitage, by Ken Edwards. £1.50
General Secretary: Marion Kettle, 1 Bilberry Close, Etching Hill, Rugeley, WS15 2SH. 01889 576674
|Leek & District Historical Society||Lectures, publications,
exhibitions and research projects.
Publication of Chronicles as an occasional journal and Short Chronicles as an occasional series of document transcripts with commentary.
Meet at Nicholson Institute, Leek on 2nd Monday in the month, except July & August.
|The Leek Easter Book 1799-1806 (in
Shorter Chronicle Series)
Contact: Cathryn Walton, Sec. 01538 388429
|Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust||To restore the Lichfield Canal & the Hatherton Canal to re-open water links between Staffordshire & the West Midlands for the benefit of the environment, amenity and prosperity of the people of the Region and to enhance the nation's inland waterway system||Quarterly Member's magazine "Cut
Web Address: www.lhcrt.org.uk
Stephen Pitt, 11 Silkmore Lane, Stafford ST17 4JN
|Lichfield Civic Society||Contact Muriel Crookes, Hon. Sec.|
|Meir Heath Windmill Group||Aim is to repair the Meir Heath
Windmill complete with new cap on, new sails and a museum inside.
Meets on 2nd Wednesday each month at 8pm in St. Francis Church Hall, Meir Heath.
|Contact: Mrs. G Swift, 81
Gravelly Bank, Lightwood, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 7EF.
Anyone interested in the project is welcome to join the Group.
|The Military Historical Society (West Midlands Branch)||Themed meetings. Outings to
sites/museums of interest. Collecting military antiques & curios.
Preservation of sites/traditions of military interest/heritage locally.
Research, preservation/restoration/ conservation, collecting, exhibitions of
items from members collections.
Meet at Methodist Church rooms, (opposite Vauxhall Garage), Berkswich, Lichfield, Road, Stafford, on 1st Sat. of the month at 2pm.
|The Staffordshire Regiments.
Imperial, Regular & Volunteer, 1705-1919.
"Knotted Together" by Dave Cooper.
Honours & Awards - The South Staffordshire Regiment 1914-1918 by J C J Elson.
Honours & Awards - The North Staffordshire Regiment 1914-1918 by J C J Elson.
Web Address: http://www.hoptonheathbattlefieldmonumentproject.org
Contact: Dave Cooper
Valley Road. Hednesford
|See web site for details, including opening hours||Web Address:
Yvonne Cooper, Valley Road, Hednesford, Staffs.
|Norbury Local History Group||Researching the history of Norbury
Parish. Currently working with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to produce a
book on Loynton Moss.
Meets at Norbury Village Hall on 2nd Tues. in the month at 8pm
|Norbury Millenium Boulder Trail
Contact: Tony Browne, The Cottage, Norbury, Stafford ST20 OPB 01785 284570
|North Staffs & Cheshire Traction Engine Club||A general vehicle/machinery
preservation with a strong bias toward the road steam engine.
Meets at Klondyke Mill Preservation Centre at weekends
|"Klondyke News" published
quarterly to members
Web Address: www.nscte.co.uk
Contact: Geoff Dowell, 2 Lampad Close, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 1GZ Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
|Pattingham Local History & Civic Society||Annual programme published each
March of speaker meetings.
Assistance offered on Pattingham & Patshull family history. Two newsletters published annually of local history research.
Meet at Pattingham Village Hall on occasional Thursdays at 8.30pm
|Around Pattingham & Wombourne in
Old Photographs. £7 plus £1 postage.
Memoir of Rev. W. G. Greenstreet of Pattingham & Patshull 1813-1900 £4 plus £1 postage.
Pattingham & Patshull, A Millennium history. £5 plus £1 postage
Peter Leigh, Glebe View, 2 St. Mary's Close,
Albrighton, WV7 3EG
|Penkridge Local History Group (Great Marsh Publications)||Meetings approx. every 6 weeks at
the Haling Dene Centre, Cannock Road, Penkridge.
Researching and Publishing books on the history of Penkridge and it's people over the years in conjunction with the people of Penkridge. (see list of publications)
Websites: Penkridge Community Website (History)
Penkridge in Times Past - Robert Maddocks
||Monthly talks in winter & visits
in summer. Also a Ridware Study Group for those researching aspects of
Ridware history. Membership of about 50. Visitors always welcome
Meet at Coach & Horses, Abbots Bromley, in winter: First Monday of the month 7.45pm
|The Ridwares: A Brief History for
the Millennium - compiled by Ruth Rawley.
Not so Dusty - Well Brushed: Memories of a Staffordshire Farmer, by Ken Hammond.
Web Address: www.ridwarehistorysociety.org.uk
Contact: Marty Smith (Sec.), 8 Waters Edge, Handsacre, Rugeley, WS15 4HP. 01543 307456
|Sedgley Local History Society||The aim of the Society is to
promote an interest in the history of Sedgley and the surrounding areas that
originally formed part of the greater Sedgley Manor in South Staffordshire.
Meet at St. Andrew's Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley on the second Thursday in Jan/ Feb/March/May/Sept/Oct/Nov at 7.30pm.
A programme of monthly talks starts each September. The last meeting, in June, is usually a guided walk through one of the nine villages that make up the Ancient Manor of Sedgley.
|Contact: Publicity Officer,
George Blackham, 116 Tipton Road, Woodsetton, Dudley DY3 1BY
Web address: www.sedgleylocalhistory.org.uk
|Shooters Hills & Lightwood Heritage Group||Local History book written and
since then had speakers with information about local places in this area.
Meet 2nd Monday in the months of Feb., April, June, Sept. & Nov. at. 7.30pm in St. Francis Church Hall, Meir Heath, Stoke-on-Trent. Visits out in June
|Local History book written
"Lightwood & Locality" 2003 (sold out). CD available from Contact below.
Contact: Mrs Gill Swift, 81 Gravelly Bank, Lightwood, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 7EF. email@example.com
|Stafford & Mid-Staffs Archaeological Society||Lectures & Visits
Meet at St. Bertelin's Hall, Holmcroft Road, Stafford at 7.30pm on the third Friday of the month - Sept to April.
|Contact: John M Bristow, 123 Doxey, Stafford, ST16 1EE. 011785 600132|
|Stafford Borough Heritage Group||An umbrella group for Local
History Societies within Stafford Borough
Meet usually at the Civic Centre four times a year.
Contact: Mark Hartwell.
|Stafford Civic & Historical Society||Organise a programme of winter
meetings and summer outings
Meet at Staffordshire Blind Centre, North Walls, Stafford, on first Thursday of the month October to April at 7.30pm
|Winter meetings programme on the
Staffordshire Past Track Site
Contact: William J Read, Hon. Secretary
|Stafford Shoes||Aims are to promote the boot and shoe-making heritage of Stafford.||Web address:
Contact: The Secretary
Email: staffordshoes at gmail.com
|Staffordshire Aviation Heritage Group||The history of Airfields in
Staffordshire. Identification of old Aerodromes. Talks on
aviation, visiting air shows, wreck walks, flights.
Meet at County Officers Club, Eastgate Street, Stafford, on the last Thurs. in the month at 8pm
|Contact: Clive Barlow, 40 Fairview Way, Baswich, Stafford ST17 OAX. 01785 249372|
|Staffordshire History Churches Trust||The main function is to raise
funds to pay out as grants to churches in need of vital repairs to their fabric.
Meet at various venues, usually Churches in the County. Various times, generally on a Saturday.
|Newsletter published quarterly for
Web Address: www.shct.freewire.co.uk
Contact: Dr Jane Benton, 1 Yew T5ree Cottage, Slindon, Stafford ST21 6LV
|Staffordshire Industrial Archaeology Society||Lectures on Industrial Archaeology
every 4 weeks from Sept. to April. Members Evenings every 4 weeks from
Sept. to April. Summer Visits. Practical Projects.
Meet at Staffs County Staff Club (Lectures); Tixall & Ingestre Village Hall (Members Evenings) - on Mondays, Lectures 7.45pm; Members Evenings 7.30pm
|Journal and Newsletters
100 Years of Business in Stafford 1900-2000
Sandon Limekiln: Report of archaeological excavations on the kiln mound and survey of the kiln
Web address: www.staffsia.org.uk
Contact: Roger Francis (Sec.). 01889 883796
|Staffordshire Parish Registers Society||Transcribing and publishing
Staffordshire Parish Registers since 1901
www.sprs.org.uk which lists all Registers
Contact: Ian Wallbank, Sec., 82 Hillport Avenue, Newcastle, ST5 8QT
Email: sec at sprs dot org dot uk
|Staffordshire Record Society||Publication of material relating
to the History of Staffordshire
No meetings - a publishing Society only
|William Salt and his Library by R
Contact: D A Johnson, c/o The William Salt Library, Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LZssss
|Staffordshire Regiment Museum||The Museum tells the story
of the famous and old County regiments, the North and South Staffords and their
successors - the present-day Staffordshire Regiment.
Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, WS14 9PY
|Contact: Paul Mulingani,
Asst. Regimental Secretary/Museum Manager
Tel: 01543 434390
|Tean & Checkley Historical Association||To further the interest of members
and community in local history. To collect items which may in future
become part of a documented history of the area. To research into the
history of the area.
Meets at Checkley Community Centre on 3rd Tues of month from Sept to Apr. (no meetings in Dec.) at 7.30pm. Summer outings May, June, July.
|Contact: Brian Morley, 23 Cranberry Avenue, Checkley, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4NE 01538 723303|
|Walsall Family History Group||Contact: David Perkins (Chairmain)
|The Willenhall History Society||To record and preserve the history
Meet at: The Community & Youth Foundation, 19 Gomer Street, Willenhall, every second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm
|"Sammies" The history of youth
work at St. Giles.
Willenhall Pubs past and present
Little London Methodist Church
Trinity Methodist Church
Street Names of Willenhall
Web Address: www.shercliff.demon.co.uk/WHS
Contact: Horace Davis, 16 Browning Close, Willenhall, WV12 5JA
|Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society||
The Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society was formed by the merger of the Wolverhampton History and Heritage Society and the Wolverhampton Civic Society in December 2010. We are dedicated to promoting the history and heritage of Wolverhampton and ensuring that any new buildings and developments do not adversely affect the character and image of our great city!
Our activities include the promotion of local history research and the erection of blue plaques and we have talks once a month at Linden House on the Tettenhall Road.