How to join your local history society

The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, run entirely by volunteers.  It aims to encourage the appreciation, study and enjoyment of history by hosting a winter season of talks by visiting speakers, and by maintaining a museum of artefacts reflecting the history of the area, and a library of books and documents of local historical interest. New temporary exhibitions are staged each year.
Why not become a member where your annual subscription [£15 for one individual; £25 for several family members residing at the same address; £3 for a student] will help to support Gold Hill Museum?

Membership is an enjoyable way to learn about history in the company of others with similar interests. New members are always welcome. Many also like to become volunteers, front of house or behind the scenes.

It’s easy to join.  Either:

Pick up a membership leaflet in Gold Hill Museum Reception

OR email

OR telephone 01747 852157

OR click on this link to download a Membership application form to return to the museum. Any information that you provide will not be shared with third parties, and only used to update you about Society activities

Benefits of membership include:

  • Free admission to the series of seven lectures on historical subjects from October through April
  • Participation in “Tea and Talks”, an occasional members’ afternoon of presentations on their historical findings to other members
  • Priority use of Gold Hill Museum Library for study and research
  • Annual outing on a privilege visit to a local place of historical interest
  • Annual garden party in the Museum’s charming cottage garden
  • Regular Newsletter, the Byzant
  • Use of the Society’s membership tickets to gain free admission to the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester