Our lecture programme will be delivered online for the foreseeable future, delivered by Zoom. In the current situation, lecture details are provisional, and subject to change at short notice.  Invites for online meetings will be sent to members in advance of the meeting.  Non-members are welcome to attend online meetings free of charge, for a limited time and subject to ticket availability. All people (members and non-members) wishing to attend must pre-register via Eventbrite.

We are also working hard to resume the visits programme, once venues are once more able to accept group visits.  We have provisionally booked 5 outings for the summer.  Please save the date, but we will not be taking bookings until shortly before each event because of the ever changing situation caused by the pandemic.  Rest assured - we will only run these outings if all government guidelines in place by the time of the outing can be safely met.  It is likely that maximum numbers per outing will be lower and we will probably not be able to provide refreshments as part of the outing.  Costs will be dependent on the restrictions we have to operate under and can therefore not be published until nearer the time. 

Note: In normal cirucmstances, our Meetings run from October to April start at 7.30pm, preceded by coffee at 7pm, at Aylesford School, Tapping Way, Warwick, CV34 6XR.  Our online lectures will also begin at 7.30 pm unless stated otherwise.

Remember, if you are a member of one of our affiliated societies, you can enjoy our talks for free!

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Future Events

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Members' Evening - an opportunity to share notes on recent local history research.  

‘Probate Account for Theodore Sadleir, a Fillongley Recusant 1693' (Working Title), by Judith Ellis, and ‘Medieval church graffiti in S E Warwickshire [working title]' by David Freke.

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Professor Christopher Dyer, AGM & Lecture: ‘Immigrants in Warwickshire: a mobile population 1200-1525’ 

Monday 7 June 2021

Fire of Warwick Walking Tour, 2 pm

The Great Fire of Warwick was a major conflagration that swept through Warwick on 5 September 1694 and lasted for six hours. The fire started from a spark from a torch that was being carried up the High Street.  Follow the route of the fire with WLHS member Sue Rigby and  then visit the Warwick courthouse to view facsimiles of contemporary documents with WLHS member Steven Wallsgrove.

Saturday 26 June 2021

Henley in Arden Guildhall, Heritage Centre and town, 2 pm An afternoon led by WLHS member Dr Nat Alcock, visiting the 15th Century Guildhall building, and taking a walking tour along Henley’s historic High Street, before a guided visit to the nearby Heritage Centre which charts the history of the town from the Norman Conquest to the present day.  Exhibits include a replica Anderson bomb shelter, source material related to the early development of the town and Beaudesert castle, and a Victorian/Edwardian Collection.  NB: provision has also been made to deliver this outing online, should Covid restrictions prevent us from visiting in person.

Saturday 17 July 2021

Napton on the Hill church and village, 2 pm

Following a visit to St Lawrence’s Church, built in the 13th Century, local Bernard Alsop will lead us on a History Walk around the village, starting with the World War 2 Observer Post, from which Napton Windmill (now a private residence), the canal, and countryside as far as Coventry can clearly be seen.  The walk will take in landmarks such as the old pound, pillory green, old bakery, pub and memorial trees.

Saturday 4 September 2021

Bagot's Castle, Baginton, 2 pm

The Bagot’s Castle archaeologist will take us on a tour of this 14th Century castle which now stands in ruins.  The original building is believed to have been constructed on the site in the 11th century, at the time of King Henry I. It was rebuilt as the current castle in the late 14th Century by Sir William Bagot, a distinguished nobleman. 

Saturday 25 September 2021

St John the Baptist Church, Lea Marston and St Leonard’s Church, Over Whitacre, 2pm

Led by WLHS member Rita Poulson, we will visit St John the Baptist Church, the Estate Church for the nearby Hams Hall Estate, belonging to the Adderley family, before moving onto St Leonard's.  The present church, in the Baroque style, was built in 1765 although a chapel has existed in Over Whitacre from as early as 1203.  Rita Poulson will give us the history of this beautiful chapel on a hill, as well as bringing to life the many characters connected with the church during its history.


Recent Events

Tuesday 16 February 2021 evening talk

Adrian Walters, 'Non-conformist Education and Outreach in Stratford-upon-Avon & District 1860 – 1930’ 

Members and guests enjoyed independent researcher Adrian Walters' talk on non conformist education and outreach in Stratford upon Avon and the surrounding district between 1860 and 1930.  South Warwickshire has a rich history of Non-conformist worship and social activism. Adrian examined aspects of this, with a focus on education and outreach in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Image shows Stratford Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and School, courtesy of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Saturday 16 January 2021 saturday meeting

'The Photographer's Gaze: Viewing Warwickshire since 1839'

The first of our 2021 lectures was delivered online to a mixture of nearly 90 members and non-members.

The talk, led by Jim Ranahan ARPS, looked at how Warwickshire's people and places are regularly photographed and considered how old photographs could be used as popular elements of local historical research. Jim looked at Warwickshire photographers, from the birth of photography with George Shaw in 1839, ranging through local photographers such as Henry Peach Robinson and Clare Speight, and considered how and why they have chosen to represent the County as they have. This talk considered Warwickshire's rich photographic history and its continuing role in photographic innovation, including a look at the first colour photographs and aerial photography. Jim Ranahan is an archivist and photographic historian and also an active member of WLHS.


The image is of 'Edward Fox's Shop, Stratford-upon-Avon c.1905', the photographer is Harold Baker and the image is provided courtesy of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Tuesday 17 November 2020 autumn meetings

Professor Jonathan Reinarz of the University of Birmingham.  'Forged by Fire: Burn Injury and Identity in Warwickshire'. 

Over 30 people logged on to view and listen to Jonathan’s talk, which touched on fires as far apart in time as the Grenfell Tower Fire of 2017 and the Great Fire of Warwick of 1694.  The talk had a strong local feel, covering Warwickshire events such as the Baxterley Colliery Disaster of May 1882 and the Exhall Colliery disaster of 1915.  Using a variety of sources including newspaper articles and inquest reports, Jonathan told us about the history of fire accidents, how casualties from the fire were treated and how investigations into what caused fires led to new health and safety legislation in transport, industry and domestic life.

Meeting report: 'Getting Online for Research and Publicity'.

The winter lectures are free to WLHS members and members of affiliated Local History Societies; we charge £3.00 for non-members - refundable on the night when joining the Society!

For a list of other societies' lectures and events, see our OTHER EVENTS page.

St John the Baptist, Lea Marston


The interior of the Guild Hall, Henley in Arden.


The Windmill at Napton on the Hill


Bagot's Castle, Baginton