Glossop and District Historical Society

Glossop and District Historical Society was established in 1966. Its foundation aims were to arrange an annual programme of lectures, to help with the preservation of records and relics of Glossop’s past and to write the history of Glossop. Slightly more modestly, its intentions listed in the Anniversary Card for 2006-7 were ‘to protect and preserve the historical record of Glossop, and to undertake research into the history of the area.’

Although the Society had a very successful year in 2012-13, with several well-attended meetings including the presentation of the findings of its 25-year research project, led by its Chair Dr John Smith, throwing light on life in 16th and 17th century Glossop through the study of wills and inventories, it has been suffering for a number of years from declining membership. Only 14 members attended the Annual General Meeting in May 2013 and it was not possible to elect a full new committee and officers, and so a Special General Meeting was convened on November 12th which agreed a merger with Glossop Heritage Trust.

The Trust has a growing membership of over 100, and the merger will ensure the continuation of the valuable work the Society has done over 47 years to raise awareness of the history of the area, and the preservation of its archives which will be added to the material already held by the Trust. Under the terms of the merger, the Society will continue as a separate legal entity but will share the same committee and officers, and members of the Trust will be deemed to be members of the Society also with no separate membership fee. The Society’s funds will also be ring-fenced and used only for purposes compatible with its objects.

Although it has not been possible to put on a speaker programme in 2013-14, the intention is that the Trust will in future years augment its existing programme of heritage presentations with speaker meetings on topics relevant to the history of the area, and as last year it is intended that some of these will be held jointly with the Archaeological Society.

For enquiries about any matter related to the Society please click here to send an e-mail to Roger Hargreaves, the Trust director with special responsibility for Society matters.

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Page last updated: 19 September 2015.