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 historians and speakers, various events and by using current social media such as Facebook.

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Monday 5 September 2022

Prints of Old Preston

Speaker:  Stephen Sartin



Our meetings usually start at 7.15 pm on the first Monday of each month during the season.

The 2022/23 seasonal membership subscription is £15.00 and

visitor admission to a single meeting is £5.00.

The Society currently enjoys a wide membership and is keen to welcome new members. As from March 7th 2022 monthly meetings will be held at the Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, PR1 2NL. The venue has excellent visibility of the screens and a high-quality audio system. You will sit in seats which were once in the luxurious Gaumont Cinema.


Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month of the meetings programme which runs from September to May. Each usually entails an illustrated presentation by a knowledgeable speaker on a topic about Preston or its surrounding areas. Presentations are both informative and entertaining. We also organise events such as guided walks in the summer months


The presentations begins promptly at 7.15. We ask people to arrive earlier to allow for registration and to collect any newsletters, pamphlets etc. that are available. Following the speaker’s talk, refreshments are available in the Olive Grove Coffee Shop. This provides the chance to meet friends and make new ones and to chat about the talk. Committee members are always available to answer any questions you might have about the work of the Society.


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 2023, Preston Historical Society will be celebrating its 75th Jubilee Anniversary; it is believed that PHS is one of the oldest Societies affiliated to Lancashire Local History Federation. This is quite an achievement, and we hope you will join us.


We are always looking for ways to improve our service to members and this includes the move of venue to the Central Methodist Church. We use Facebook to keep people informed of our events, to encourage visitor interaction, and for queries and information seeking.


The Gallery area of this website takes you to Preston Historical Society Image Gallery. You may enjoy browsing the many digitised photographs of Preston. The gallery also includes information about each image or set of images.



Picture credit: JohnnyEnglish flickr