As a member of the Society, you’ll enjoy many benefits:
- an award-winning newsletter four times a year.
- a varied programme of up to 25 lectures a year. Attendance is free for members; non-members may attend by paying £5 for each session.
- access to our specialist library on Hertfordshire history, and help from our friendly librarians.
- the opportunity to join others in researching many aspects of Hertfordshire history, and help improve our understanding of the past.
- members-only research seminars.
- visits to places of historic interest.
- the right to buy the Society’s Hertfordshire Archaeology and History journal at the concessionary rate of £5, as compared to £20 for non-members.
Subscriptions are due by the start of the Society’s financial year on 1 June. Members paying their first subscription between 1 February and 1 June are entitled to membership until the end of the following year – up to 16 months.
Subscriptions for adult members are £20 a year, and £10 each for spouses/partners living at the same address, as well as students. Children may attend lectures free of charge.
Members’ names and addresses are kept solely for Society communications. If you do not wish your details to be stored please inform the Membership Secretary. In that case, you will still be able to keep up to date on lectures and events by visiting the website, but we shall not be able to send you the newsletter or emails.
Joining the Society
If you would like to join the Society, you can either:
(a) complete the online application form and pay by credit card (through PayPal) or from a PayPal account; or
(b) complete the printable application form at the bottom of this page and post it to us. In this case, you can pay by bank transfer (details on the form).
We’ll be in touch shortly thereafter with your membership details, including how to set up arrangements for subscription payments for future years. We prefer these to be by Direct Debit, to save on administration costs.
How you can take part
Once you are a member, you can take part in a variety of activities:
- volunteer to be a ‘Clockateer’, to help keep the Clock Tower open to the public. This involves joining the roster of volunteers who staff the Clock Tower and sell tickets for a few days a year. Contact the Clock Tower co-ordinator;
- join one of our research groups set up to tackle specific projects. If you are interested, contact the relevant Research co-ordinator;
- buy one of the Society’s interesting books about aspects of St Albans’ history. Find out more by browsing our Publications;
- participate in periodic photographic surveys of St Albans, to record the changes that occur with the passage of time. If you are interested, contact the Secretary;
- process archaeological finds held by the District Archaeologist for St Albans;
- assist with running the Society’s library, including accessioning and cataloguing. The Library group meets weekly on Wednesday mornings. If you are interested, contact the Librarian;
- support the annual lecture programme, by helping to set up the audio-visual arrangements from time to time. Contact the Lecture Secretary for more details.