About Us

Visitors to CHS Archives

Visitors in the Christchurch History Society Archives Room

Introducing this Website

This website is a primary means of communication for the Christchurch History Society with its Members but also with the community at large.     Within the website is a catalogue of the contents of the Christchurch History Society Archive where you can browse through photographs, documents, memories, stories and historical information related to a wide range of subjects.

About us

This website is created by a group of volunteers. We’re always interested in new recruits, so if you’re interested please contact us.

Contributing to the site

You can add a comment about anything on the website by clicking on the ‘Tell your story’ link at the top of each page.   You can also submit your own photographs, stories or information to the site by using our contribution form.

 Aims and Objectives

The Christchurch History Society was formed in 1989 and is dedicated to the study of the past of the Borough of Christchurch and its environs and the preservation of all aspects of the past and surviving heritage.      The Society is unusual in that it has an archive collection to manage, preserve and expand.    The objectives of the Society as a non-profit making Society, are to :-

  • promote and encourage the study of history, heritage and archaeology in Christchurch and its environs in Hampshire and Dorset, by means of lectures, talks, visits, research projects and publications and through general social intercourse of its Members.    The programme for the year includes evening lectures that run from September through to June at Christchurch Junior School, Clarendon Road in Christchurch attracts audiences of over 100 Members and Guests as well as visits in the summer months and guided walks throughout the year.   The Society also attends various community events throughout the year to provide information to the community.
  • maintain a list of speakers, authors, and experts on history, heritage and archaeology.
  • maintain, preserve and expand a large historic collection of archival material in the ownership of the Society in Christchurch.     The work of the Christchurch History Society is additional to, and independent of, the service offered by Hampshire Record Office and Dorset History Centre.   Christchurch History Society offers local access to its service for residents, visitors and on-line enquirers using a wide range of printed and digital resources.
  • carry out research for enquirers and provide informed advice, information, opinion and comment on any historic topic, issue or policy which may arise and which may affect adversely or otherwise any aspect of historic interest in Christchurch and its environs face-to-face and an on-line.
  • liaise with other history groups locally, regionally and nationally so as to further the interests of the Society.

The Christchurch History Society is totally volunteer based and only exists due the dedication of its Members and the Society is extremely appreciative of all donations whenever they are received.


Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the history of Christchurch and its Environs.   Use this link to find out more about Membership of the Christchurch History Society  and to download a Membership Form.

Christchurch and its Environs


Although the main focus of our work is Christchurch, the Society also holds archival material for, and undertakes research in, neighbouring towns and villages.      Contact us if you have an interest in one of these towns or villages :-

Ashley, Bashley, Bear Cross, Bisterne, Boscombe, Bransgore, Brockhampton, Burley, Burton, Ferndown, Friars Cliff, Hampreston, Highcliffe, Hinton, Holdenhurst, Hurn, Iford, Littlemoor, Purewell, Mudeford, Ringwood, Ripley, St Leonards, Sandford, Somerford, Sopley, Southbourne, Stapehill, Stanpit, Talbot Village, Thorney Hill, Trickett’s Cross, Tuckton, Walkford, Westbourne, West Moors, West Purley, Wick, Winkton.