The Society was formed in 1988 following the Abbey Millennium celebrations in 1987. It now has over 100 members and produces a lively programme of talks and visits on a wide range of local history topics.
The Society has built up an archive of material of local historical interest, which includes over 400 photographs of Cerne Abbas and its people over the last 100 years or more. It continues to add to the archive by conducting research into various aspects of the history of the village over the centuries. Parts of this growing archive will be relevant to those researching their family connections with Cerne Abbas and are published on this website. Much of the original material is deposited in the Dorset History Centre, but the aim of the Society’s research is to give it a local historical focus, to be shared with others.
The Society is keen to add to its collection of photographs, other historical information, or even just memories, to share with all who are interested in the history of this ancient village. If you have any material of this kind that you feel would enhance our collection, please let us know. We can arrange for any original material to be copied and returned.
Kate Adie on the Women of World War I – Thursday 24th October We are delighted that Kate Adie is taking time from her many commitments to come and talk to the Society about her new book: Fighting on the Home Front – The Legacy of Women in World War One. It is available in all good bookshops and on the internet. No Christmas stocking will be complete with out one. As one reviewer put it, “Kate Adie provides a compelling account of how women’s lives changed during World War One”. Kate has unearthed some highly original material and has some fascinating points to make.
The very best Cerne Historical Society talks have 3 common factors: scholarship, oratory and local interest. Anyone who heard Kate’s last contribution to the Society (the Lord Digby interview) will know that, with Kate, all three are guaranteed. Please come early to make sure of a seat. Meetings start at 7.30pm and are held in Cerne Abbas Village Hall