Axminster Historical Society (AHS) was founded in 1989 to act as a focus for the study and exploration of local history. It organises talks on a variety of historical subjects of relevance to the local area for its members and guests. These are held in The Bradshaw Meeting Room at The Axminster Heritage Centre.

Although AHS operates independently from Axminster Heritage, the two organisations are closely associated. They share a common goal of researching aspects of local history, particularly those relating to Axminster and the surrounding areas. They also both aim to promote and encourage the widest understanding of, and enthusiasm for, the local heritage.

Membership of AHS is open to anyone with an interest in history.  Annual membership is currently just £10, which covers admission to eight talks held on the first Wednesday of each month October to May.

For further information or details of membership for AHS  please contact Peter Ball, Secretary

Axminster Heritage as it’s own Membership schemes.  Annual membership £10.00 pa or Lifetime membership for a one-off payment of £100.00 ( a very good deal if you are young and fit!)  Both schemes offer:

  • Free entry to the Heritage Centre
  • Regular newsletters keeping them up to date with what we are doing
  • Early notification of events by email
  • Invitations to special members-only events.
  • As part of our democratic organisation, Members are entitled to vote at the AGM. They will also receive:

ALL Members receive a membership card.

Our Membership Discount Card scheme continues to be very popular with old and new members alike.  As well as free entry to the Heritage Centre, Members also receive discounts for Heritage Alive events and in the Heritage Centre shop, and we are delighted to also include River Cottage Canteen, Acorn Gifts, Archway Bookshop, Axminster Printing, Sublyme Café and Trill Farm as partners.

For further information and details of membership for Axminster Heritage please contact David Garrod  Membership secretary at

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