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.

Committee Members

The following committee members were agreed at the 2013/14 Annual General Meeting.

  • Patron: Mrs. J Boddy
  • President: Ms Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist at Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, Chippenham
  • Chairperson: Ms Chris Suter
  • Treasurer: Jim Mitchell
  • Secretary: Mrs Kay Brown
  • Commitee members: Mrs Denise Arnel, Ms Sue Morgan, Ms Lorain Nixon, Ms Cecilia Olly .
  • Archivist: Ms Ann Marie Murphy
    Webmaster: Mr Paul Newton-Smith



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Our Next Monthly Guest Speakers

May 20th 2019
‘Wiltshire. A Journey Through Time’ by Nicholas Baxter.
The story of our county from Saxon settlement to the M4 motorway.

Prices for Lectures:
Members: Free of charge
Visitors: £3.00.

Upcoming Events

Check here for details on all upcoming events.

Your Help Wanted

If you have any information, documents or photographs regarding the history of Highworth and surrounding villages and are willing for us to include them on this website we would love to hear from you.



Click here to find out how you can become a Member of the
Highworth Historical Society.