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Since 1885, the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society has been the county-wide organisation which has led the study of Hampshire, its environment and heritage. It is not bound by tradition, however, and is constantly evolving to provide the best possible awareness of and access to Hampshire's heritage.
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Tuesday, 12th May was the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Learn more about Florence Nightingale's Hampshire connections by purchasing a copy of Helen Betts' book. The Local History Section has a number of links to a dedicated webpage to mark this important anniversary.

It is with great regret that none of the events, listed below, that were to have been held from March to early July will take place; where possible, postponed events will be rescheduled.  This is because of advice which has been received regarding the risks of Covid-19 virus. The Field Club takes the well-being of its members and speakers very seriously and we are sure you will understand why this action is being taken.  Currently our events are planned to resume from early/mid-July onwards. However, this is likely to change depending on advice received.

While the David Johnston Memorial Lecture will not take place in 2020, a webpage has been set up to allow visitors to read articles in Proceedings which are related to Silchester.

  • Saturday 21st March 2020 - Community Archive Forum, jointly with the Hampshire Archives Trust. Please see the CAF webpage for supporting material.
  • Thursday 26/3/20 - the David Johnston Memorial Lecture.
  • Saturday 4th April 2020 - the morning visit to Whitchurch Silk Mill.
  • Thursday 23 April 2020 - the OGS Crawford Lecture.
  • Saturday 2nd May 2020 - the Local History Spring Symposium.
  • Sunday 10th May 2020 - the Landscape Section visit to the Holy Ghost Cemetery and South View.
  • Thursday 28th May 2020 - Annual General Meeting, and President's Lecture.
  • Sunday 14th June 2020 - the Landscape Section visit to Medieval and Post-medieval Buildings in Basingstoke.
  • Saturday 27th June - the Local History Secton Summer Outing to East Woodhay. Please see the Local HIstory Section homepage for some further information.
  • Wednesday 1st July - the Archaeology Section visit to the University of Bournemouth excavations.

The Newsletter, Number 73, for Spring 2020 has been published and distributed to members.

Links to Hampshire Societies: the HFC is always pleased to work with other groups in Hampshire which share its aims. A new webpage has been set up to give web links to these groups.

Hampshire Studies is now available online. With the exception of the three most recent volumes, 72-74, and some missing examples, all annual volumes have been digitised and the articles made available for download. The T W Shore Memorial Volume has now been published on the website. The latest volume, Volume 74, 2019, was published at the end of 2019.

The Historic Buildings Section sponsored Hampshire Medieval Graffiti Project work continues; reports of two more surveys are available: St John the Baptist, North Baddsley and St Peter and Holy Cross, Wherwell.

The Society is run by officers elected by the membership. It is divided into Sections which focus on:


Historic Buildings


Local History

Basing Barn dig
Titchfield Barn
Romsey Park
Beach House Hotel, Milford-on-Sea


Cheriton Church The Society places great emphasis on the importance of research. In the Constitution, the first stated object, item 1a, is:
" promote the study of and research into Archaeology, History, Historic Buildings, Landscape, Geology and Natural History within the county of Hampshire, and to publish the results appropriately."
This is realised in a number of ways, including:
  1. through its Publications
  2. by awarding Grants
  3. organising research, e.g. Hampshire Churches Medieval Graffiti

Membership - find out how to join

Programme of Events


About the Hampshire Field Club

Members at 125th Anniversary
Members visit the New Forest
Extract from Hampshire Studies
T W Shore
Subscriptions are annual and Members receive the Society's Newsletter twice yearly. You can view details of membership rates and to access a membership application form.
The Sections hold events including conferences, lectures, field trips and an AGM. Members participate in and attend the events of as many sections as they wish.

The Society publishes a range of publications; members, depending on their type of membership, are entitled to receive some of these without payment; they pay a reduced fee for others. Non-members are welcome to purchase any publication while stocks last.

The two latest Monographs are:

The History of the Hampshire Field Club dates back to 1885. Mr T W Shore, above, called the meeting where the club was born.

There have been many changes in its organisation. The elected officers run the organisation for the benefit of the membership.

Archaeology in Hampshire - Annual Reports

The Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society took over the publication of the annual report on archaeology in the county. The reports for 2004-2016 are available electronically on the website.
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Hampshire Studies, Vols 71-73 are available online at IngentaConnect.