About Christchurch history society


Enjoying a Talk


Our Society is dedicated to the study of the past of this ancient borough and the preservation of all aspects of our surviving heritage. We are unusual in having an archive collection to manage, as well as all the other aspects of a thriving organisation, including regular talks, events, Quarterly Journal and a programme of projects and initiatives to further our cause.

We are a totally volunteer-based society that was formed in 1989 to promote and encourage the public study of local history in the community. We have a programme of talks that run from September to June, often attracting audiences of over 90 people.


We have published and continue to publish numerous local history themed books and booklets.



The heart of the Archive

The heart of the Archive

We are the custodians of a large archive of material relating to Christchurch that has been collected by various local historians over the last 100 years. This provides a unique source of material for the family history researcher or anyone interested in the buildings, industries and heritage of the local area.