The Local History Group was set up in 2002 to explore the rich heritage of the Borough of Spelthorne, but from the outset it was recognised that the history of Spelthorne needed to be set in the context of the surrounding area. Therefore over the years the programme has covered not only topics relating specifically to Spelthorne but also to the surrounding counties, the Thames Valley, and London.
The programme takes the form of a mixture of monthly lectures, outside visits, walks, and the opportunity for members to take part in research if they wish to do so. The sources for the study of Local History include Archaeology, books, documents, maps, photographs, oral memories, social and industrial heritage, building styles and Museum collections. All these aspects form part of the Annual Programme which runs from January to December. In 2015 the theme for the year was Old Father Thames and the members embarked on a project based on the book “Three Men In a Boat” by Jerome K. Jerome. Small groups visited the places mentioned in the book and took pictures which were firstly compiled into a Power Point presentation, and then into a book entitled, “U Three A In A Boat”
The group meets at Staines Methodist Church on the second Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm. Membership has grown steadily over the years and now stands at close to 100, with attendance of 60-70 at each monthly meeting. The premises however can accommodate large numbers and we are thus able to operate an open membership policy. You can be assured of a warm friendly welcome and a great way to learn about the history of our Borough.