Orwell Local History Society

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Chairman - Post vacant

Secretary - Mrs Sue Miller,

4 Chequers Close, Orwell, Royston, Herts.SG8 5UN Email shm@sbore.plus.com

The Society is open to all and offers lectures on topics relating, as far as possible, to the county of Cambridgeshire.  We meet in the Methodist Church schoolroom, Town Green Road, Orwell, at 8.00pm on the last Tuesday evening of the month from January to May and from September to November. In June and July we visit places of historical interest within easy reach of Orwell, usually on the last Tuesday of each month.

The Society has been researching the early history of Orwell over the past four years by digging archaeological test pits at various sites around the village. In March 2018 we staged an exhibition of the results so far, including the discovery of a Roman villa or farmstead, and we continued digging during 2019. For details contact our secretary.

A small group of Orwell LHS members is also involved in maintaining and continually adding to our website, Orwell Past & Present, set up in 2012 with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.  The site is an ongoing record of life in our village over the past 2000 years, but also gives information on current events, clubs and facilities in the village. Contributions and comments are welcomed and the site includes a link to the Orwell Community Archive of old photographs within the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network.  An 80 page book containing a selection of these photos, with notes on Orwell history, is available price £5, from the secretary at the above address.

Membership: £10 per annum, payable at the September meeting. Non-members are welcome at £3 per meeting.

Programme 2022

Tuesday 29th March - Early Medieval South Cambridgeshire.         Speaker -  Susan Oosthuizen, Professor (Em) of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Cambridge.  This talk was cancelled by the sspeaker and will now take place on September 27th 2022, COVID willing !

Tuesday 26th April -‘Beneath the Choir Stalls of Kings College, Cambridge’. Surprising revelations from under these famous choir stalls. Speaker -  Alison Dickens of Granta Heritage.

Tuesday 31st May  -  We will have a guided tour of The Royston Cave Virtual Experience, in our usual meeting place at Orwell Methodist Church,  using Virtual Reality Headsets, so members can be immersed in a 360 degree digital replica of the cave. It sounds interesting and was recommended to us by Gamlingay History Society.











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