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 and Twitter.

Dear members,


We trust you are all safe and well - regrettably we confirm that the AGM planned for May 11th is cancelled till at least September this year subject to Government Guidelines. We as a committee would like to thank you all for your continued support - we will be sending limited AGM information to all those on our mailing list. Please keep in touch via our website, facebook and email.


Stay safe.


Best regards PHS committee.

Notice to all Members

•  Next Event 

Monday 2 September 2020 (suspended until further notice)

Preston ~ The Jerusalem of Teetotalism

Speaker:  Dr Annmarie McAllister


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.

Picture credit: Baresi Franco - Wikimedia Commons

The society currently enjoys a membership of over 200 members and held meetings at the Preston Minster on Church Street from September until May the following year (excluding January). All meetings will now be held at St. George the Martyr Church, George Road. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month of the meetings programme and usually entail an illustrated presentation by a local knowledgeable speaker on a topic about Preston or 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 few 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 fast and short message system of Twitter for breaking news and reminders of events.


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.

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