The Society

The Society

The Hexham Local History Society (HLHS) was founded in 1966, and with nearly 300 members is now the largest local history society in Northumberland.

Hexham and the surrounding area of Northumberland have a rich and varied history. Members of the HLHS enjoy exploring that history, from early prehistory to the recent past.

The Society helps with its knowledge and expertise in many public and private activities. It is often asked to advise on local historical discoveries and to answer queries from individuals, local planning authorities, community groups and council officers.

Join the HLHS to take advantage of:

  • A series of 8 monthly talks. Invited speakers give a talk in Hexham on a topic of historical interest. Visit the Talks section of the website to find out more.
  • In the summer months outings to places of historic interest in the northeast are arranged. Visit the Outings section of the website to find out more.
  • Other HLHS activities will be found in the Activities section of the website.
  • A free copy of the Society’s annual journal The Hexham Historian and the thrice-yearly Newsletterand discounts on some of the books we publish. 
  • Access to our growing research library of downloadable documents relating to the history of Hexham. 
  • Attendance at the AGM (not compulsory!)