Welcome to our website, which we hope you will find of interest. Preston Historical Society, founded in 1948, meets on the first Monday of the month between September and May (excluding January when no meeting is scheduled). Our meetings, which start at 7.15 pm, are held in the St. John's Minster, Church Street, Preston. The seasonal membership subscription, covering September until the following May, is £12.50, and admission for visitors to a meeting is £3.00
The aims and objectives of the Preston Historical Society are to promote the study of local history in Preston and Lancashire. The evening usually consists of an illustrated presentation by a knowledgeable speaker on various topics about Preston and its surrounding area. In 2008 the Society celebrated its Diamond Jubilee and is said to be one of the oldest Societies affiliated to Lancashire Local History Federation. During its existence the Society has always stayed in the city centre thus allowing easy access for everyone living both north and south of the River Ribble. Over the years the Society has held meetings in various venues, including the Harris Museum & Art Gallery Library and the Lune Street Central Methodist Church. In 2013 we removed to St. John's Minster in Church Street, Preston in order to accommodate the growing membership of over 130, and the large number of visitors attending the talks and other events.