Orwell History Society

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Orwell History Society' page

Photo by Barry Sharman

Committee Contacts:

Dai Rees, Barry Sharman, Steven Thain, Nicky Walters

Treasurer - Ian Carruthers

The Society is open to all and offers lectures on topics relating, as far as possible, to the county of Cambridgeshire.  We meet in the Methodist Church schoolroom, Town Green Road, Orwell, at 8.00pm on the last Tuesday evening of the month from January to May and from September to November. In June and July we visit places of historical interest within easy reach of Orwell, usually on the last Tuesday of each month.

The Society has been researching the early history of Orwell over the past four years by digging archaeological test pits at various sites around the village. In March 2018 we staged an exhibition of the results so far, including the discovery of a Roman villa or farmstead, and we continued digging during 2019. For details contact our secretary.

A small group of Orwell LHS members is also involved in maintaining and continually adding to our website, Orwell Past & Present, set up in 2012 with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.  The site is an ongoing record of life in our village over the past 2000 years, but also gives information on current events, clubs and facilities in the village. Contributions and comments are welcomed and the site includes a link to the Orwell Community Archive of old photographs within the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network.  An 80 page book containing a selection of these photos, with notes on Orwell history, is available price £5, from the secretary at the above address.

Membership: £10 per annum, payable at the October meeting. Non-members are welcome at £3 per meeting.

Programme 2023/2024

Tuesday 31st October - Prof.Susan Oosthuizen will give her radical views on the transition from Roman to Saxon England in her talk “The Emergence of the English”. 

This meeting will be preceded at 7.15pm by our AGM. The talk will begin at 8.00pm. 

Our future programme is now complete. (See below) 

For further details contact Barry Sharman on 01223 207202


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