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 26th July - We will visit Royston Museum for a tour of the collection and a short talk on Royston's history.  Please be at the Museum for a 7.30pm start and contact our secretary, Sue Miller, (shm@sbore.plus.com) if you wish to car share.   There will be a charge of £3 per head, payable on the evening.

Our meetings in the Methodist Church Schoolroom, Town Green Road, resume in September.

Tuesday 27th September - Early Medieval South Cambridgeshire.  

Speaker -  Susan Oosthuizen, Professor (Em) of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Cambridge.  

Tuesday 25th October -  TBA

Tuesday 29th November - 'Mr Bartlett begs to inform'; Victorian life in St Neots revealed through a printer's scrapbook.  Speaker - Liz Davies, Curator of St Neots Museum.











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