Leek And District Historical Society

  The Big Mill”- symbol of the silk industry with which the history and prosperity of Leek has been linked for more than 300 years

Meetings Programme



Special Events


 The Leek & District Historical Society

The Society was formed in 1984 and is actively involved in promoting research into the history of the town of Leek and surrounding villages in the Staffordshire Moorlands. It aims to give local historians opportunities to display their findings and explain their discoveries to as wide an audience as possible.
It has a growing archive of documents, books and photographs, which is available to members and other bona fide researchers. The Society has a continuing involvement with other local history group and was, in particular, very much involved in the work of creating the recently opened, Leek Heritage Centre.  Members of the Society were also at the forefront of the work of the Leek & Moorland Historical Trust, prior to its demise, creating successive annual exhibitions illustrating aspects of local history.   The Society is represented on all appropriate Local Authority Advisory Panels, including the Conservation Panel. By these routes members have chance to make an input into such matters as planning applications


September to May a programme of talks by invited speakers and members’ meetings,  are held at 7.45 pm on the second Monday in the month, in  the Dove Room, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffordshire. 


 June, July and August Walks and visits at appropriate times and places as advertised.

Christmas dinner at a local inn.  

Current Meeting Programme



 This, the main publication of the Society, is an occasional Journal devoted to the presentation of authoritative articles on all aspects of the social and economic life of the Moorlands region. Writers have included members of the Society and leading researchers from outside the area who have thus paid tribute to the high standing of the Society.


The modest annual membership subscription (currently £10 a year) guarantees free admission to all meetings and events, reduced price for publications and participation in the direction and planning of the Society’s activities. Non-members are very welcome at all meetings on payment of an entrance fee (£2).  


To apply for membership or for further information about the current programme, please contact the Secretary:


Alternatively, you could ask about membership at the door when attending a meeting.  


Where appropriate the Society also participates in local history and other exhibitions.