Royston and District Local History Society


On these pages you will find details of the work and aims of the Society, together with information on the history of Royston, Hertfordshire and links to local history resources.



Programme alterations

2021 Programme

It is proposed to resume our meetings in Royston Town Hall starting with our postponed Annual General Meeting on 9th September 2021.


Special General Meeting

2nd December 2021 at 8pm

Administration Structure for the Royston and District Museum

At the AGM in September, our Vice-Chairman gave a brief report on the planned new administrative structure of the Museum. With the services of Consultant Sam Hunt, as of 3rd November, we are now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) which will take over the management of the Museum. The History Society together with members of the Town Council and Friends of the Museum will all be a part of this, represented by our nominated Trustees.

The History Society are also required to acquire Charitable Status, to make us a legal entity but we will continue as before with our lectures, outings, book sales etc. As we need to change our status, we need the approval of our members. We therefore give notice that we are to hold a Special General Meeting, prior to beginning the next lecture on 2nd December at 8pm when you will have the opportunity to vote. The History Society Committee recommends that you approve this motion.


The Society organises a number of public lectures each year and all members are entitled to attend these meetings. The venue for these is Royston Town Hall, Melbourn Street, Royston SG8 7DA.

The lectures are also open to the public, on payment of a small entrance fee, currently £2.00. Visitors may use the car park accessed via King James Way. 

In addition, the Society has an annual coach outing to a place of historic interest - the coach outing is open to members and non-members.


The Crown public house which stood at the Cross until road widening lead its demolition.

About the Society

The Society is a non-profit making organisation whose objectives are to -

  • Safeguard, record and preserve the local history of Royston and the area for future generations.

  • Increase the level of interest and awareness of local history amongst the town’s residents.

  • Contribute to the growth of the Museum.

  • Maintain and preserve the Royston Cave for the benefit of the town.

  • Provide consultation on planning applications relating to the historic fabric of the town.