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 its 2014 exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War attracted over 4000 visitors and national newspaper coverage.
Wednesday 7th September 2016 - 'Special Places in Canterbury Cathedral' by Roland & Hilary Tolputt. Holy Trinity Church Hall. 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Refreshments available.
An exhibition on The Battle of the Somme at St Paul's Church, Sandgate on Saturday 27th August, 10am-4pm & Sunday 28th August, 12noon-4pm.
There will be biographies of Sandgate men killed during the Somme Battle of 1916 and photographs of Shorncliffe, other Training Camps and Folkestone Harbour during the First World War. Tea & Coffee will be served on Saturday. All welcome. Free admission.
The exhibition on Folkestone's Fishing Heritage is back by popular demand from 18th March to 30th September 2016 at the Old Booking Hall at Folkestone Harbour. Entrance again is free.
New Local History Books
The 'Publications for Sale' page has been updated to include the latest book about Folkestone, which is 'The Golden Age of Folkestone's Cinemas' by Ricky Hart and is available for £14.95.
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 18th August 2016