The Society was formed as the Bourne Valley Historical & Record Society in 1948 by a group of residents in the three Winterbourne villages north of Salisbury, Wiltshire, who wished to collect and preserve material documenting the area's rich history.
The Society has since been renamed the Bourne Valley Historical Society (BVHS) and its coverage has now been extended to include all those villages straddling the River Bourne running southwards from Cholderton to Hurdcott. We continue to be dedicated to researching topics of local historical interest and members are encouraged to participate and conduct their own studies into projects relevant to the heritage of our area.


The Society meets every month on a Thursday evening (usually the third in the month), except in August and December, at 7.45 pm in the Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls. From our programme you will see that an interesting range of subjects is covered and presented by specialist speakers. Refreshments follow the lecture and there is always a display from the Society's archive collection.
The Annual General Meeting is held in February when members meet for dinner, followed by the formal meeting and a shorter lecture.


Group visits are usually arranged at weekends. Recent visits have included guided walks/car tours of nearby villages and attractions, visits to local archaeological digs and the new Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre at Chippenham.