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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 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

Events in 2017

Spring Symposium - Saturday 22nd April: 'Literary Hampshire: Historical Perspectives'

Summer Outing - Saturday 1st July: To Alresford; please note that the venue for the morning talks has been changed from St John’s Church Hall to Alresford Recreation Centre. If you need help in finding the Centre, email Roger Ottewill on

AGM and Autumn Outing - Saturday 30th September: To Bitterne

Events in 2016

Annual Lecture - Friday 29th January: Annual Lecture: Professor Barbara Yorke spoke on ‘Anglo-Saxon Saints of Southern Hampshire and the Christianisation of the Solent Region and Germany’

Spring Symposium - Saturday 23rd April: ‘Women: Their contributions to Hampshire’s history

Summer Outing - Saturday 2nd July: To Kingsclere, with the help of the Kingsclere Heritage Association

Autumn Outing and AGM - Saturday 1st October at Gosport.

Annual Local History Lecture 2016/17 - Friday 18th November: Dr Alistair Dougall - 'Blood and misery in this sad tragedie' and 'Deceived people! Deluded Countreymen': the nature and impact of the English Civil War in Hampshire.

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