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 talk is on 23rd October at 7.30pm in Cerne Abbas Village Hall. George Mortimer and Duncan Fergusson will share insights into the lives and untimely deaths of the 14 men whose names are inscribed on the Cerne Abbas war memorial and of the sole combatant from Up Cerne who died in the Great War. This will take us on a journey from Cerne Abbas to France, Belgium and Gallipoli, via Australia and New Zealand. Please bring along your items of WW1 memorabilia which we will add to a small display at the meeting.
If you haven’t yet attended  a meeting please think about coming along. Guests are welcome and this is one meeting not to miss.
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.