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The Blockley Antiquarian Society, re-named The Blockley Heritage Society in 2008, was founded in 1964 with the primary objective of publishing the official history of the village, Blockley Through Twelve Centuries by H. E. M. Icely. It has since become the recognised local history society of the district, which has a wealth of fascinating history dating back to the first signs of human settlement more than 1,200 years ago, and beyond that into pre-history.

The Society’s main aim is to further public knowledge about the history of Blockley and adjacent parishes. It does this by collecting, preserving and displaying records, antiquities and other objects of historical interest, and by sponsoring talks, discussions, publications and visits to sites of relevant interest.
The Society’s collections include:

  • a library
  • written archives, also held at the Gloucestershire and Worcestershire Records Offices
  • some 1,000 artefacts including agricultural tools and historical costumes (some of which are in the custody of the Corinium Museum, Cirencester)
  • 500 photographs on the area museums service database and many more in our own archive

We are actively seeking to make these valuable collections more accessible to interested local people, visitors and others by establishing a heritage centre in Blockley to house them. In 2010 the Society took up a long lease of the Jubilee Centre in Blockley, which is now in the process of conversion to the Blockley Community Heritage Centre.

The Society is a Charity Incorporated by Guarantee No 1133319. Its activities are managed on a day-to-day basis by a Trustee Committee comprising some ten members, who are required to report annually to the Annual General Meeting, normally held in May/June.

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