Montpellier Exchange and Rotunda c.1845


Cheltenham Local History Society was founded in 1982. It seeks to advance the education of the public in the history of Cheltenham and provides a forum for those interested in the history of the town to meet and share their interests. Its aims include the gathering, study, and publication of information about the history of the town.

The Society is registered as a charity with the UK Charity Commission (Registration no.1056046).

Membership of the Society is open to anyone aged 18 or over. For details of membership subscription rates and how to become a member please email the Membership Secretary through the Contacts page.

Between September and May each year we hold one evening meeting each month, usually on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, and three morning meetings, one in Autumn and two in Spring. These meetings, which are open to members and non-members, normally include a talk of about an hour’s length on a local history topic, given by an expert in their particular field of study. During the summer months (May to September) the Society organizes visits to and walks around places of historic interest both in the local area and, sometimes, further afield. Find out more about our Meetings & Lectures

The Society publishes a Newsletter three times a year, which is free to members. For further information and an online copy of the most recent issues, see Newsletters.

We also publish an annual journal, containing articles on the history of Cheltenham based on members’ research. Again, this is free to members. Information about this and other publications produced by the Society are found on the Journal and Publications pages.

We welcome enquiries from the public about the history of Cheltenham and its inhabitants. These should be addressed in the first instance to our Local HistoryEnquiries Coordinator whose contact details can be found on the Contacts page.

We are pleased and honoured to have the Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Steve Harvey, as our President.

The following members serve on the Society's committee for the year 2020-21:

Chris Conoley, Sue Brown (treasurer), Kath Boothman, Sue Robbins, Maggie Winterburn, Chris Bentall, Joanna Vials, Anne Bateman, Alison Pascoe (secretary), Colin Nyland, David Elder and Oliver Pointer.

We are affiliated to Cheltenham Arts Council and we are members of:

British Association for Local History
Gloucestershire Local History Association
Friends of Gloucestershire Archives
Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society