Welcome to the Forest of Dean Local History Society website

Welcome to the website of the Forest of Dean Local History Society, the oldest society in the County! We recently celebrated our 70th year. Our membership is still growing and we are proud of the way we fulfil our mission of helping people to enjoy and know more about the rich local history of our area.



Normally, our members enjoy a regular programme of talks and historical walks as well as outings both within the Forest and further afield, with one or two events happening every month of the year. However, in the current coronavirus crisis most of our events are taking place via 'Zoom', apart from a few walks.

Members receive our quarterly hard copy newsletter, discounts from our e-shop, regular updates by email of local historical happenings, and free attendance at our indoor talks. Our annual journal, The New Regard, is highly thought of and this year we published the 35th volume of research by our members. All our publications are available for sale here. Members can buy all publications at discounted prices.

Membership of the Society costs £12 pa for one and £17 for two people at the same address. Details of how to join us can be found here


Visitors welcome at our Zoom history talks

Normally non members are very welcome at our talks for a small admission charge. But as the Society is currently meeting by Zoom, invites have had to be restricted to members to this point.

Starting in January, however, the Society is offering non-members the opportunity to attend Zoom talks during 2021 on payment of a one-off £5 fee.

If you wish to be registered as an attendee for Zoom talks, please:

  1. Pay £5 by BACS to FoDLHS - Sort Code 401805; Account no. 11071963 (Please include your surname and post code as reference) AND THEN
  2. email membership@forestofdeanhistory.org.uk with 'Zoom invite + surname and postcode' in the subject line.


Find out more details about the History Society under About us.