The Longtown & District History Society was formed in 1971 and today has a membership approaching one hundred. Our main purposes are research and the sharing of knowledge about the past. We have had active programmes for oral history – which has resulted in the publication of two books – and for archival research, the fruits of which are hosted by the L&DHS and our sister Ewyas Lacy Study Group websites. During 2016-18 our focus has been on the castles of Longtown and Ponthendre, an archaeological project for which the Society won a heritage lottery grant. In the future we may turn our attention to field survey, perhaps resuming work done in the Olchon Valley a few years ago.
The Society provides opportunities to find out about the history of the area, get involved and make friends. There are evening talks in the Village Hall between September and May, generally on the first Monday in the month, and in the summer there are visits to interesting places in the company of knowledgeable people. Do join us; we warmly welcome new members. For more information and contacts please visit the Society’s websites.