About the Highworth Historical Society
The 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 last Monday of the month from September to April. The meetings are held in the United Reformed Church in the High Street, 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.
The following committee members were agreed at the 2018/19 Annual General Meeting.
- Patron: Mrs. J Boddy
- Chairperson: Ms Chris Suter
- Treasurer: Ms Pat Bliss
- Secretary: Ms Cecilia Olley
- Archivist: Ms Ann Marie Murphy
- Webmaster: Mr Paul Newton-Smith
- Commitee members:
Mr Fred Bassett, Ms Tracy Edwards, Mr Jim Mitchell, Ms Sue Morgan, Ms Caroline Pooley.