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History of the Society

Hilary Atkinson The Society was formed in 1961, following almost a decade of interest in local history matters. Originally called The Marple Antiquarian Society, it changed its name to The Marple Local History Society in 1990. The Society is a Registered Charity, 500099.

Chairman - Hilary Atkinson

The Society is dedicated to the recording of the past and present of Marple – including Mellor, Compstall, Marple Bridge, Strines, Rose Hill, Hawk Green and High Lane.

We hold monthly meetings between September and April with speakers giving talks on subjects both local and from a wider area. Several field trips are held each year, usually with a connection to one or more of the talks.

The Society holds extensive archives of local and regional interest and is constantly adding to them. The majority of artefacts in the archives are given to the Society by local people but we also receive items from descendants living across the world.

We aim to preserve and protect these items and provide information to both local and wider communities. The archives are stored at Mellor Parish Centre, Church Road, Mellor SK6 5LX

The archives hold thousands of photographs which we are in the process of sharing with the community via  Marple Website’s ‘Virtual Tour’.

Launch of Marple Local History Society's 60 Years of History Exhibition
Sixty Years of History Exhibition Launch

Launch of Marple Local History Society's 60 Years of History Exhibition at Marple Library on 6 June 2011. By Arthur Procter.

Meetings, archives etc.

Launch of Marple Local History Society’s exhibition “From cripples holiday home to orthopaedic hospital” at Marple Library on Saturday 12 May 2018. By Arthur Procter.

Society Activites: Monthly meetings are held between September and April, several field trips are made each year. The society publishes a range of publications, has an active archive session on Thursday mornings and organises occasional exhibitions.

Read more: Meetings, archives etc.