The society started in 1985 when a few avid collectors of local postcards, photographs and books suggested that a local history group be formed. The inaugural meeting was on Monday 14th October 1985 at Dover College Junior School Hall in Shorncliffe Road with the first illustrated talk was given by the late Rev. Alan Gibson on Builders & Architects in Victorian Folkestone in November of the same year.
The society puts on a series of interesting local history talks throughout the year which are attended by an average of between 70 and 80 people. Refreshments are available at these sociable evening meetings and they are a great way to meet other likeminded people. Outings and dinners are also organised for the members. In October 2010 the society celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner for members at Folkestone Bowls Club and last year’s exhibition on the Folkestone's Victoria Pier & disappearing churches attracted several hundred visitors.
Wednesday 6th August - "In Search of John Clifton - A soldier of the First World War" by Rosemary Piddock at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm start.
In commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War, the society is putting on what will be the largest collection of local photographs depicting Folkestone and the surrounding area during the Great War. This exhibition is being organised in conjunction with Step Short and Folkestone Camera Club. It runs from 7th July to 21st September 2014 in Folkestone Library's Sassoon Room and is open during normal library opening hours. Admission is free.
Where To Find Us
Meetings are now held at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Sandgate Road, on the 1st Wednesday of the month (7.30 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. start).
Please see the Programme of Events for more details.
Annual Membership Fees: Single £10.00: Family £18.00) However non members are also welcome to attend the meetings - admission £2. If you wish to find out more, please come along or email: Alan Taylor
Help with Research
Although we are not a Society that researches on a commercial basis, our members do have access to resources and if we can help we will. Most answers to questions can be very simple and quick to find. For some questions however, it may take a volunteer some time and effort to locate an answer. We do not charge for conducting research, but if you would like to make a donation to the Society so it can continue to provide this service, please let the person responding to your email know and they can provide you with details to send the donation to. Thank you.
The Shorncliffe Trust is looking for volunteers to help with the lighting of lanterns at 11pm on Monday 4th August on the graves at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery. If you are interested, please visit their website.
Website last updated 20th July 2014