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The aims and objectives of the Preston Historical Society are to promote the study of local history in Preston and Lancashire by way of social and natural history talks given by local historians and speakers, various events and by the use of social media.

The society currently enjoys a membership of over 200 members and hold meetings at the Preston Minster on Church Street from September until May the following year (excluding January). Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month of the scheduled programme and usually entail an illustrated presentation by a local knowledgeable speaker on a topic about Preston and its surrounding areas.

Since it was founded in 1948, the Society has always stationed its meetings around the centre of Preston thus allowing convenience of access for everyone living both north and south of the River Ribble.

In the year 2008 the Preston Historical Society celebrated its Diamond Jubilee and is said to be one of the oldest Societies affiliated to Lancashire Local History Federation.

The society is always looking for ways to improve their service to members and thus we have made many advancements over the last couple of years by improving sound and vision facilities, introducing the use of social media, such as a Facebook page for visitor interaction, queries and information seeking. The society also use the quick and short message system of Twitter for breaking news and reminders of events, and lately, have been pleased to introduce a new image gallery of all things Preston, using the fabulous Flickr, the image hosting and video hosting website. On the Image Gallery you will find a great many digitised photographs of Preston related images with related information supporting each image or set of images.

Our meetings usually start at 7.15 pm on the first Monday of each month during the season. The seasonal membership subscription is £12.50 and visitor admission to a single meeting is £3.00.