About the Society

It is not necessary to be an academic historian to enjoy membership of this society: anyone with an interest in the past can get enjoy our meetings.

Spawned by volunteer workers engaged in excavating the Roman Fort at Larford near Astley, whilst participating in a WEA archaeology course, the Kidderminster and District Archaeological and Historical Society convened its inaugural meeting at the old Kidderminster Museum and Art Gallery in Market Street on Thursday 28th March 1957 (Kidderminster Shuttle 5th April 1957). The meeting was chaired by Dr Graham Webster of Birmingham University who advised "that members should study the town's history and various place names, generally trying to find out more about the area in which they lived" and that "information should be published for people to study in days to come".

From the Society's inception, until his death in 2001, Dr Webster honoured the Society by holding the Office of President. Dr Simon Penn, Director of the Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove, assumed the Presidency in March 2003. His inaugural lecture entitled 'Medieval Builders and Workers' was received by Society members with warmth and great enthusiasm. We were all saddened by his sudden early death in 2004.

Our President now is the eminent Archaeologist, Simon Buteux B.A. (Hons.), M. Phil., M.I.F.A.L. Simon has helped, and been associated with, the Society for many years.

In the early days society members were involved in of archaeological investigations including Roman work at Greensforge and Walltown near Cleobury and, in Kidderminster, Caldwall Hall (the tower of which has more recently been restored by Richard Davies), Harvey's Vaults (demolished for redevelopment) and the site of the Old Hall of the Manor (since covered by the Pay & Display car park near the Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints). Nowadays, the emphasis has changed to evening meetings at which historical and archaeological matters are considered in talks provided by specialist guest speakers or members of the society.

At first the Society met at the Kidderminster Museum but in 1970 removed to Caldwall Tower. When this historic and particularly apt building became no longer available meetings were transferred for a time to the library of the old King Charles 1st Grammar School before we moved to the present venue.

The Society now meets at St George's Church Annexe, Radford Avenue, Kidderminster at 7.30p.m. on the 1st, 2nd, & 5th (when appropriate) Wednesdays of the month between October and March and also on the  4th Thursday of most months at 2.00 to 3.30pm.  

The main Annual Membership subscription is presently £20.00.  A reduced membership fee for those only attending on Thursdays will be £10. An additional entrance fee of £1 is also payable on the day.

Visitors are always welcome for a small fee (normally £3.00) 

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