Local History and Archaeological Societies

Local history and archaeological clubs, groups and societies

All the groups listed here exist to promote interest in local history and/or archaeology and welcome new members.

If you run a local club, group or society, or you are a local heritage walk leader or lecturer, and would like your contact details listed here, please email museum@westberks.gov.uk


The Berkshire Archaeological Society


Email info@berksarch.co.uk

The Berkshire Archaeological Society was founded in 1871 and exists to explore, care and promote the Historic Environment of the past and present county of Berkshire.

Berkshire Archaeology Research Group


The Berkshire Archaeology Research Group is a voluntary group dedicated to investigating the archaeology of the county of Berkshire. The Group welcomes anybody who is interested in archaeology. 

The Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group


The aim of the Society is to encourage a wider appreciation of our industrial past and act as a stimulant to the study and preservation of Berkshire’s industrial heritage.

Berkshire Local History Association


If you are interested in local history, as a researcher or as a resident who wishes to know more about their locality, the Berkshire Local History Association (BLHA) is there to help you.

Friends of the West Berkshire Museum


The role of the Friends is to support the Museum through fundraising, social and other activities as well as promoting the Museum within the community.

Goring Gap Local History Society


Email: goringgaphistory@gmail.com

The Society exists to promote interest in the history of the Goring and Streatley area.

The Kennet Valley at War Trust


The Kennet Valley at War Trust was born from the resurgence of interest in the events of the Second World War, and by a tangible desire amongst the local community to preserve the history of the Kennet Valley.

Local historian David Peacock, Author and lecturer

Call on 01635 524017 or email the West Berkshire Museum who can pass on your enquiry museum@westberks.gov.uk

Available for talks on many aspects of the history of the Newbury area, including Jack of Newbury, Donnington Castle, and the history of Newbury itself.

Newbury District Field Club



Newbury District Field Club was founded in 1870 to encourage the study of the local history, archaeology, and natural history of Newbury and its surrounding districts.  Today these aims are pursued through programmes of lectures, excursions, research projects and publications.

Newbury Geological Study Group


The Newbury Geological Study Group arranges trips to sites of Geological interest.

Newbury Town Council


Newbury Town Council offer various heritage activities, including guided and self-guided town centre history walks. 

Thatcham Historical Society


The society exists to promote an interest in the local history of Thatcham and district, and historical matters in general.

West Berkshire Heritage Forum


The aim of the Forum is to encourage heritage and history groups to come together and share activities, events and experience. Currently the Forum is involved with the Local Listing of heritage assets throughout West Berkshire.