History Society

Project Purley

Project Purley is the local history society for Purley on Thames in the Royal County of Berkshire.

Project Purley was founded in 1982 by merging three groups, Transcribing Parish Registers, Natural History and Archaeology at the Church. We have a regular programme of talks on the 3rd Friday of each month from September to April and outings and visits in May, June and July. Our main social activities are a BBQ in July and a Christmas Party in December. Each year we sponsor performances by the Rain or Shine Theatre Company which raise money for local good causes.

Newbury Geological Study Group (NGSG)

The Newbury Geological Study Group arranges trips to sites of Geological interest.  Trips are normally day trips within 100 miles or two hours driving time from Newbury. We also have weekend trips to sites which can not be visited in day.  For most trips  Dr. Les James of the University of Reading provides the geological expertise. Membership is open to all and it is not necessary to have any knowledge of the subject or to live in the Newbury area.


Newbury District Field Club (NDFC)

Founded in 1870 the Field Club is Newbury's local history society with additional interests in all aspects of the Newbury district's natural history, geology etc.

The Club meets at 2pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (excluding July and August) in the Cloth Hall at West Berkshire Musuem (accessible via lift). The Club also holds an annual History Day, usually on a Saturday in October. 

The Club is currently (2022) planning a survey of war memorials in West Berkshire.

East Ilsley Local History Society

The East Ilsley Local History Society has built up a varied membership base with followers as far as Lincolnshire, Aberdeen and even Australia. A detailed history of East Ilsley has been collated over a number of years and has been published into a booklet costing £2. 

With a membership base of 40 people at a cost of £3 per year, it is a popular group to join. If you would like to become a member of the East Ilsley Local History Society please contact the Parish Council for further information or visit the website. Links to research on the area can be found here: