The Society

Welcome to the website of our local history society. 


The Society was established to explore the local history of this ancient town and the surrounding villages, to encourage research, recording and publication of information for future generations. 


Alcester and District Local History Society meets every month, with an invited speaker and guests are always welcome. See the EVENTS page for details. 


We publish a monthly newsletter and a journal “Local Past” twice a year. We also produce “Occasional Papers” on specific areas of interest. We also have an extensive and ever-expanding digital archive of photographs and documents of historical interest.




The Town of Alcester

Alcester is a small market town in South Warwickshire standing at the junction of the River Arrow and the River Alne.The town has Roman origins and much evidence of the Roman settlement has been uncovered. 


The town continued to develop through the centuries up to the present day and there are many half-timbered buildings that still survive in the town centre. The present day town has a population of around 12,000 and boasts many historical inns and a traditional High Street lined with a variety of shops.

This year Alcester and District Local History Society is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding by arranging a special lecture by broadcaster and TV presenter Prof Alice Roberts.


The talk is entitled ” Ancestors: A history of Britain through burials”


What can a grave tell us about a person and past lives? From the Bronze Age to the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons, Alice Roberts explores how burial archaeology sheds light on ancient societies, and looks at how genetics is completely revolutionising what we know about the past. Alice Roberts is an Anatomist and biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster. One of the country’s most popular factual television presenters, Alice Roberts appeared on our screens in 2011, as a human bone specialist on Channel 4’s Time Team. Since then, she has presented more than a hundred documentaries, ranging across human biology, history and archaeology. Her longest-running series, BBC Two’s Digging for Britain has been going strong for more than ten years and she is currently filming the twelfth series.  Alice is also a prolific writer. Her most recent book Crypt, which delves into Life, Death and Disease in the Middle Ages, was published earlier this year and topped the Sunday Times bestseller list. As did her first children’s fictional book Wolf Road. In addition to her eight honorary doctorates, Alice is a Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. 


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