About the Highworth Historical Society

Highworth Historical Society LogoThe Highworth Historical Society was formed on 30th January 1972 to advance the education of the public and promote an interest in the history of Highworth and its surrounding villages. By late 1979 it had become a registered charity.

We cover all aspects of the area’s history from the prehistoric to the present day and include everything from the stories of our colourful citizens to the development of our historic buildings.

The society has now grown to approximately 100 members most of whom live in the immediate area and who are able to attend lectures and join in outings.

They meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month from September to April. The meetings are held in St Michael’s Church Hall, Lechlade Road, Highworth, and include talks on many and varied subjects (see the Events section on this website for details). Past talks have included local families, buildings and businesses as well as more diverse subjects such as the role the area played during World War II, the Highworth Light Railway and the Mary Rose. Some speakers bring their own collections and these have included walking sticks, Victorian kitchen equipment and even early ladies’ underwear!

Members assist in a variety of ways

  • Assisting the Archivist
  • Scanning photographs and documents
  • Making oral history recordings
  • Giving presentations that involve the community

The society also organises trips to places of interest both local and further afield. At least one of the trips is linked to one of the talks and in the past we have visited such places as Greenwich, Bristol, Winchester and Hereford.

We are continuously carrying out various research projects and updating our records. Please visit our site regularly to see what we are doing and, of course, you will be made more than welcome should you wish to join us.

Committee Members

The following committee members were agreed at the 2023 Annual General Meeting.

  • Patron: Dr Bryan Lawton
  • Chairperson: Caroline Pooley
  • Treasurer: Chris Suter
  • Secretary: Cecilia Park Olley
  • Membership: Sue Morgan
  • Speakers and Talks: Chris Suter
  • Archivist: Ann Marie Murphy
  • Fundraising: Tracy Edwards
  • Education and Finds: Jordan Lyford
  • Webmaster: Paul Newton-Smith
  • Other Commitee members:
      Marjorie Saunders, Ken Saunders, Jayne Stephens, Marilyn Stott