About Us

The Chichester Local History Society was formed in the mid 1980s and is now a thriving group with over 150 members. The Society seeks to promote talks, research, and publications on local historical topics and to arrange visits to places of historical interest in the Chichester area. Our well attended evening meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at the New Park Centre when we welcome speakers on a wide range of subjects concerning the City of Chichester, its surroundings, its buildings, and the people who lived and worked here. If you would like to know more about Chichester's history, or share your knowledge with others, why not come along to one of our meetings? Click here to see our meeting times.

The Society's annual programme consists of nine talks between the months of September and June, plus an AGM with a 'bring and share' supper in December and a summer event in the Chichester area. A Society journal which contains a series of articles of local historical interest contributed by members and other authors is published each year and is free to members. The Society also publishes New Chichester Papers on single historical topics relevant to Chichester.

The annual membership fee is currently £20 per person or £35 for two persons living at the same address; there is no joining fee. The annual membership fee gives free admission to all talks, the AGM and supper and a free copy of the journal. Non members may attend the talks, but not the AGM, for a charge of £5 per visit.

Further information is available in the following pages or can be obtained by contacting one of our Committee Members.

If you would like to join our Society, click here to download a copy of our membership application form. We look forward to meeting you at the New Park Centre.