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.

On Thursday 24th April at 7.30 p.m. at Cerne Abbas Village Hall we welcome back Gordon Le Pard who gave a very well regarded talk on the Churches of the Cerne Valley back in 2012. This time Gordon will be introducing us to the Shipwrecks of Dorset of which there are more than 2000 around our coastline. The seas off Chesil and Portland are some of the most dangerous in Britain. Gordon will be telling the stories behind some of these sinkings many of which are both poignant and tragic. For many years Gordon worked on the Dorset Marine Archaeological Record which records all known sites beneath the seas off Dorset. Back by popular demand Gordon’s talk should not be missed.