The Stamford & District Local History Society (S&DLHS) exists for anyone interested in the rich history of Stamford and its satellite settlements and communities. The society was formed in 2013 as the successor to the Stamford Survey Group (SSG). It is a member of the British Association for Local History.
Founded in the 1960s, SSG began as a research group whose principal aim was to study and publicise Stamford’s past. It published a series of important works on the town’s ancient buildings and institutions (listed in the Publications section of this website) and numerous smaller scale articles of research and comment which were collected into six volumes of the journal The Stamford Historian between 1977 and 1982. In addition to the collective output of SSG and S&DLHS, individual members of the two organisations have independently published articles and books on a broad range of topics relating to the history of Stamford and the neighbouring areas.
S&DLHS meets monthly between September and March, usually on a Thursday evening in the meeting room of Barn Hill Methodist Church. As well as talks by local and visiting speakers, its programme includes members’ evenings. It holds its AGM in May and excursions to places of historical interest are organised in the early summer. Members with specific local history interests are encouraged to form sub-groups under their own leadership in order to research and discuss issues of specific interest to them. The extensive collection of historical materials, books, articles and artefacts inherited from SSG is available for today’s researchers and students to consult and study.