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 50 and 60 people. Also members are welcome to get involved in research and local history projects and exhibitions. A current project is to create a photographic record of every shop and business in Folkestone and Cheriton. If you are able to help in any way with this, please contact us here.
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 its 2014 exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War attracted over 4000 visitors and national newspaper coverage.
Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - 'The Pleasure Gardens Theatre'' by Chris Phillips. 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Refreshments available.
New Facebook Page
We have created a Facebook page and are going to be using it to put a weekly quiz on and also to share old views of the town and put up pictures of unidentified photos to see if anyone can help locate the buildings in them. Please 'Like' our page and share it with your friends.
New Local History Books
The 'Publications for Sale' page has been updated to include the latest book about Folkestone, which is 'Folkestone and the Belgian Refugees during World War I' by Eamonn Rooney. More books have also been reduced so get them while they are still available.
Please see the side bar to access a fascinating article about Percy Reed who worked for the Folkestone & District Water Company - with photographs and plans of the pumping house in the Alkham valley.
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.
Website last updated 17th April 2017