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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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Programme of Events:

  • Next Event
    • Events for 2024 are in the planning process and will be added to the website as they become available.
  • Recent Event
    • Archaeology Section - Saturday 18th November, Hampshire Record Office: AGM and Conference 'What we've done and what we've found'.
    • Historic Buildings Section - Thursday 12th October - AGM and Lecture to be given by Dr Nicholas Riall 'Quire stalls in Christchurch Priory'.
    • Local History Section - Friday 29th September - AGM and free Annual Lecture to be given by Professor Michael Hicks: 'Hampshire’s Greatest Landowners'.
  • Other Societies:

Celebrating Hampshire's Historians to mark the Institute of Historical Research's century.

Historian of the Month - November 2023 - Elsie Sandell was born in Southampton. During the Second World War she began writing articles for the Southampton Daily Echo. Much of this material subsequently formed the basis of her post-War publications, most of which were targeted at children.

Recent Publications: The latest edition of the Newsletter, No 80 Autumn 2023, was sent to members in September.

The Historic Buildings Section sponsors the continuing Hampshire Medieval Graffiti Project: reports of recent surveys, both in May 2023, for St Mary, Ashley, and St Nicholas, Bishop's Sutton are available.

2023 Annual General Meeting: At the AGM, on 25th May:

  • Professor Mike Fulford, Reading University, was unanimously elected as President replacing Jo Bailey who had been in post for four years, including during the Covid pandemic.
  • The Constitution of the HFC was revised to take account of the current membership of Council.

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 Annual Report for 2021 is now available. Earlier reports for 2004-2020 are also available electronically on the website.

Tudor Warship 

Hampshire Papers No. 10 - Henry VIII’s First French War and the Surgeons appointed to his ‘Army by Sea’ in 1513 by Diane Budden - has been published.

The Historic Buildings Section sponsors the continuing Hampshire Medieval Graffiti Project: a report of the latest survey, September 2022, for St Mary Breamore is available; a report for All Saints Hursley is also now available.

Advocacy: Speaking up for Hampshire’s heritage: A webpage has been set up to give guidance to anyone who has concerns about possible threats to Hampshire's historic environment.

Virtual Resources - 2021: 'Off The Beaten Track'; 2020: online resources and opportunities for self-guided walks

Fundraising for the Hampshire Field Club - a message from the Treasurer.

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
  4. by collaborating in the Institute of Historical Research’s centenary event

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.

Links to Hampshire Societies: the HFC is always pleased to work with other groups in Hampshire which share its aims.

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Hampshire Studies, Vols 74 - 76 are available online at IngentaConnect.