Organisations concerned with History in the county of Staffordshire

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Name of Organisation Aims, Objectives & Meeting Place Publications/Website/Contact
Chasewater Railway,
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
Web Address:

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 history.
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:  01283 575039
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:

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
Web Address:

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
National Publications
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, 2002.

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:
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 Hall.
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:

Contact: Anne Andrews, 2 The Hanyards, Tixall, Stafford ST18 OXY   01785 246101
The Landor (Local History) Society Local history society for Rugeley & district.
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 "Town Trail")
Looking back on Rugeley by Alec Neal.  1
A Beaudesert legacy: mining in Brereton, Longdon & Armitage, by Ken Edwards.  1.50
Web Address
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 Both Ways"
Web Address:

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:

Contact: Dave Cooper
Museum of Cannock Chase
Valley Road. Hednesford
See web site for details, including opening hours Web Address:

Yvonne Cooper, Valley Road, Hednesford, Staffs. WS12 1TD

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:

Geoff Dowell, 2 Lampad Close, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 1GZ
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

Contact:  Peter Leigh, Glebe View, 2 St. Mary's Close, Albrighton, WV7 3EG 
Tel: 01902 372231

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
Contact:   Bevan Craddock

Websites:      Penkridge Community Website (History)

                   Penkridge in Times Past - Robert Maddocks
Ridware History Society
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:
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:


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.
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. 
Web Address:

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
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 members

Web Address:

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:
Contact:  Roger Francis (Sec.).  01889 883796
Staffordshire Parish Registers Society Transcribing and publishing Staffordshire Parish Registers since 1901
Web Address: which lists all Registers published.

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  Knight, 2003

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 of Willenhall
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
The Millennium
Little London Methodist Church
Trinity Methodist Church
Street Names of Willenhall

Web Address:
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.

Our website is

Membership & Contact details are:-
PO Box 3054
WV3 0XS            Tel: 01902 504741



Membership is Free for Organisations, Societies, Clubs or Groups that have an interest in the History of Staffordshire -
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