"Keeping the Past Alive"
Founded in 1977, the aim of the Society is to promote and encourage the study and recording of local history in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
What is the Society about?
The Society exists to bring together people with an interest in history (and the impact of history on today's life), especially that of North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, although our speakers do on occasion range over a wider area.
The Society has been involved in projects such as the successful publications "Wooler at War", "Bondagers" and the recent reprint of "The Dating of the Magi Carving at Kirknewton". it has also played a major role in the restoration of the Wooler War Memorial. The Society's project on the Women's Land Army in Wooler culminated in the launch of a comprehensive set of Interpretative Panels at the Wooler Youth Hostel (see below).
Where and when are Meetings held?
Meetings are held from September to April, normally at the Cheviot Centre at Padgepool Place in Wooler on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm, finishing by around 9pm.
How Do I Join?
Just come along to a meeting and pay at the door. Membership fee for the season is £8. This covers all talks in the season. Trips may incur an extra charge. Visitors are welcome at £2 per talk.
GLHS is an affiliated member of the Association of Northumberland Local History Societies (ANLHS). ANLHS publishes an annual journal, 'Tyne & Tweed', the latest issue of which is now on sale at our talks price £4.50. To buy a copy, see Rosemary Bell at one of our talks.
New Display Boards featuring the stories of local Women's Land Army girls have now been mounted on the remaining four rooms at the Wooler Youth Hostel without displays. This follows the work of GLHS's Rosemary Bell, who tracked down a further four surviving land girls and then interviewed them to capture their individual experiences. Production of the boards was carried out by Alnwick-based Graphic Designer Bill Grisdale and was funded through the Glendale Gateway Trust. The new boards were unveiled at an official launch at the Wooler Youth Hostel on Tuesday 27 November 2012. See section on the Women's Land Army project further down this page.