Cerne Abbas Historical Society

Welcome to the Cerne Historical Society.

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.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 26th March at 7.30pm at Cerne Abbas Village Hall.
Ed Wilson will be talking to us about the 700 year history of a prison in Dorchester until 2014 when the prison finally closed its doors. Ed has been a prison officer for 12 years and worked at HMP Dorchester. He currently works at the Verne on Portland. He is a very knowledgeable and engaging speaker.
This should be a very popular talk - non members are welcome (£3).
HELP! Your society needs you to share your skills, expertise and interests and become involved in a number of projects e.g. Living History and Farm History projects, compiling an email database of members, audio-visual support at meetings. We would also welcome your ideas for new projects and would love to see any old maps or aerial photographs of the village.