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Local History Section

The aim of this section is to encourage and promote the study of local history in Hampshire, both through the section's own activities and liaison with local history societies throughout the county. 

We organize an annual lecture, spring symposium, summer outing and outing and AGM in the autumn often with the help of a local society as well as other occasional courses and events.

Articles on Local History in the Newsletter include book reviews, details of new accessions in the Hampshire Record Office and new local publications, and brief pieces on aspects of Hampshire's history. The British Association for Local History have produced an online E-Newsletter; the latest edition for Jan/Feb 2021 includes information about an article by Roger Ottewill.

The Section has close ties with the Hampshire Record Office and with the local history section of the County Library.

Current programme: a full listing of all events organised by the different sections of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society.

Old Kingsclere
Views of Kingsclere Church


These form an integral part of the study of Local History. Barry Shurlock has produced a twenty-minute talk giving an online guide to different archives.

Events in 2021

Until the Covid-19 pandemic allows face-to-face meetings there will be monthly presentations via Zoom on the last Tuesday of each month, covering different aspects of the practice of local history. Organised by the Local History Section of the Hampshire Field Club & Hampshire Archives Trust, these will be available on the day or via the HFC YouTube channel.

  • Jan 26th - PUBLISHING LOCAL HISTORY: WHY? WHAT? & HOW? (link to YouTube video of the presentation) by ROGER OTTEWILL and BARRY SHURLOCK. An overview of the local history publishing scene in Hampshire and hands-on, practical suggestions for creating, designing, selling and promoting new products.
  • Feb 23rd - "How to use Film and Sound Archives" by David Lee (Manager of the Wessex Film and Sound Archive at the Hampshire Record Office for 26 years). An exploration of the means by which local history can be enhanced through the use of film and sound archives. Tuesday 23 February at 7 pm (via Zoom) - For a link, please contact: or 01962 861913.   

Events in 2020

Annual Lecture - Friday 18th January: Annual Lecture:Dr James Thomas, on 'Celebrating George III's Birthday: the Experience of Hampshire.'

Community Archive Forum - Saturday 21st March: jointly with the Hampshire Archives Trust - POSTPONED - Further related material to the CAF can be found be taking the link.

Spring Symposium - Saturday 2nd May: jointly with the Wessex Centre, on the theme of 'Anniversaries and Memorialisation' - POSTPONED

Pear Tree Church, Southampton - consecrated in 1620 - A YouTube video with Dr Cheryl Butler explains the origins and development of the church.

Florence Nightingale - 200th Anniversary of her birth 12/5/1820: Dr Jonathan Memel was due to lecture on this subject at the postponed Spring Symposium. He has kindly sent the following links to online material:

The British Library has produced a Bicentenniel reflection, as a YouTube video, on the life and legacy of Florence Nightingagle, one of Britain's most iconic heroines.

Summer Outing - Saturday 27th June: To East Woodhay. - POSTPONED

Sadly this has had to be postponed and at the moment it is not known when it is likely to take place. For those who booked places and sent cheques to the Local History Section Treasurer, rest assured that these will not be banked and we will be in touch regarding how we propose to proceed when the situation becomes clearer. In the meantime and for some background information, if you have not done so already, you might like to visit the East Woodhay website. Christine Dalton, the Secretary of East Woodhay Local History Society has been assisting us with the arrangements.
Autumn Outing and AGM - Date and location to be confirmed.

Past Events

For details of past events please visit the Local History Section Archive pages.

Any questions about the Local History Section?
Then email Roger Ottewill Local History Section Chairman