The Beaconsfield & District Historical Society (BDHS) was founded in 1961. As well as holding talks and organising visits to historical sites, it collects, preserves and publishes material relating to the history of Beaconsfield and its locality. An extensive archive has been built up over the years and is used for research, events and exhibitions.
The current membership of the Society is over 200 and is increasing year on year. Each year the Society presents a series of eight lectures during the winter months on a wide range of differing themes. These are free for members, with a small charge to visitors. During the summer, coach trips are arranged to eight places of historical interest and the costs of these visits is charged to participants.
BDHS has actively supported restoration projects including the refurbishment of Edmund Waller’s tomb in 2005-6 and the restoration of the roof of St Mary’s church in 2007 as well as staging numerous public exhibitions.
The society has also published several books on local subjects including The History of Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield in Old Photographs and The Coming of the Railway to Beaconsfield. Please go to ‘Publications’ to see the full listing and how you can buy a copy.
About our site
This website is a window into the fascinating history of Beaconsfield, the surrounding district and its inhabitants, where you can browse through photos, memories, stories and historical information. It is created by a group of volunteers. We’re always looking for new recruits either for our site or for other projects that we are running. If you are interested, please contact us.
Contributing to the site
You can add a comment about anything on the website by clicking on the ‘Add a comment’ link at the bottom of each page. You can also submit your own photos, stories or information to the site by using our contribution form.
Joining our Society
If you would like to join the Society, please download the membership form at the bottom of the page and send it with your cheque, made out to the Beaconsfield & District Historical Society (BDHS) to our membership secretary.
Membership costs just £10 annually, and is renewable on 1 October.