SLHS 1. Links To Organisations & Societies

SLHS links have been split into two halves (use shortcut at top right):

  1. 1. This page which is split into: a) Organisations with paid staff,  b) Societies or groups of likeminded unpaid volunteers;  c) Archives

  2. 2. Links to Personal Archives Of Data (accessible via the shortcut at the top right of this page).

Alphabetical listings..

Excellent timeline of British History

Excerpt describing Stratford from the book History of the County Of Warwick (first pub 1945). Mainly describes the economic fortunes of the town.

History of the buildings of King Edward Sixth School.

A great collection of beautiful pictures of Stratford and it’s surrounding villages and countryside. A peculiar site to navigate but stick with it.

Quinsolve hosts the Mayor’s write up, based upon Town Council records, to commemorate 800 years of Stratford’s history as a market town.

Whilst specialising in all things Shakespeare personal visitors can access significant archives of local information. See very limited online here.

A concise history containing many unique photographs.

A commercial website by familysearch (beware cookies !)

Does what it says on the tin..

A fantastic countywide archive and resources for research with online helps (see List of content types)

Another vital resource for those doing research.

A commercial website documenting the history of this grand Jacobean hotel.


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Exists “to make local history and the study of local history accessible to all and to establish a museum in the town.”

A national charity promoting “the advancement of public education through the study of local history.” See list of all Local History Societies.

Fund raising to pay for a new architects review to present to Warwick DC at their next review of Lucy’s Mill Bridge access upgrades.

“Dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of Leamington Spa”. Meet weekly on a Tuesday.

Promote interest in, and record the history of, the village making the records available to the general public.

To protect The Greenway from being reopened as a railway line.

A registered charity concerned with the town’s buildings and heritage.

Approx 30 groups are contactable via Stratford’s University Of The Third Age

A society to promote the recording and preservation of Warwickshire’s industrial heritage and to provide meetings about such.

Based in Leamington to promote the advancement of public education in local history in Warwickshire. Monthly events and biannual journal.

History of the Stratford Midland Junction Railway.

History of the Stratford - Moreton Tramway.

And Finally Be Amazed..

If you want to see how badly confused Americans are about British towns take a look here: Historic Cornwall: The Stratford-upon-Avon and how similar it is to Wales !

Last update: 05/02/2024


UK public body to “protect the places that define who we are and where we've come from as a nation”. The second biggest archive. Staff: 880.

The biggest archive of everything British, including law, and some of other countries too.

Access to records is by all the usual means.

The search facility, particularly for maps, takes a bit of getting used to but is very useful.

An online copy of Stratford Archivist, Dr Bob Bearman’s, renowned history book (9.6Mb pdf download only -your browser will give you a warning).

Our Publicity See..

Specialist Links

E Days Out

Heritage Open Days

For 9 days, spanning two weekends in early September, several thousand buildings open their doors so that members of the public can see behind what are normally closed doors. In most cases you don’t need to book but if you don’t go you are missing out badly. Their vibrant website is full of ideas and has a comprehensive Search facility. AND if you want more there are loads of ideas outside of September -see:  How About

Over the first weekend in August, spilling out of Jephson Gardens, be prepared to be amazed. An extravaganza featuring >200 artists, >200 musicians, numerous theatre and dance acts and teaching workshops. Sponsored by The Arts Council get there early. Please use public transport.

A rolling programme of displays of beautiful work. Normally free but there may be specials. See website.

For two weeks at the end of June this is a favourite of >30,000 visitors to local homes, studios, churches, galleries where the artists themselves will often be there. With ~400 artists across 150 venues six weeks before a thick free brochure can be picked up at venues and libraries. See the map at the front or detailed cross ref table at the back to plan your tour. And for budding artists themselves there’s:  Open Studios Connect

Steam trains to Stratford by a charitably-controlled company. Enhanced locomotives with dining in Pullman coaches.

Further Information..

  1. For significant current information about the town including walking, cycling and things to do see:  PlacesToGo: Stratford-on-Avon

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Last update: 05/02/2024

D Regular Local History

Stratford Library: LI Coffee Wednesdays

Just turn up on the first Wednesday of every month for our Local Interest Coffee Mornings. Enjoy refreshments, a talk and discussion on a different topic of local interest each month. Relax, meet new people, browse some of the library’s local history resources, and maybe learn something new. All welcome, free of charge, no need to book, just drop in (CV37 6PZ).        If that AllEvents link doesn’t work try this one: EventBright