Chester Society for Landscape History

Lyveden New Bield Gardens, Northamptonshire

The Chester Society for Landscape History was founded in 1986.

The objectives of the Society are to:

  • promote interest in, and the study of, landscape history
  • encourage a deeper enjoyment of, and respect for, our landscape
  • hold lectures and to conduct field visits to these ends
  • organise study groups with a view to the recording and, where appropriate, the publication of their findings

The Society has a thriving membership drawn from a wide area and includes professionals, students, local historians and those simply wanting to know more about how their surroundings evolved.

Although based in Chester, the Society's interests stretch well beyond Cheshire. Counties such as Shropshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Yorkshire and Flintshire have all been sourced.

The Society meets for monthly lectures, usually in the months of January, February, March, April, September, October and November.  We meet in the Lecture Theatre at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester at 7:30pm.

Our lecture programme is very popular and attracts well known speakers in the field of landscape history. Professor Mick Aston and Stuart Ainsworth (of 'Time Team') have spoken to the Society in recent years as well as Professor Brian Roberts and Richard Muir of 'Landscape Detective' fame. Members can attend the lectures free of charge. A charge of £4.00 per lecture is made for non-members.

The Society organises field visits for its members each year. These are held during the spring and summer and usually take place at weekends. Visits have included Handbridge, Wrexham, Whixall Moss, Llanrwst, Bridgnorth and Lichfield.

The Society organises an annual residential study break during September of between two and three days' duration. Aspects of the surrounding landscape are studied, interspersed with ample opportunities to socialise. Recent visits have taken us to Whalley Abbey (Lancashire), North Yorkshire and Bedfordshire.

In addition, the Society holds a number of social events, and members receive a newsletter twice a year containing articles written by members, news and events.

The Committee meets once a month, and regularly discusses and reviews the service offered to the members, in line with the Society's objectives.  We welcome comments and feedback about all aspects of the Society's work. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to join or play a more active role in the Society.