We are a local history society in the village of Combe Down.  Combe Down is on the southern outskirts of the city of Bath, in the county of Somerset in England.

We aim to –

  • foster an interest in Combe Down’s past
  • record and interpret its history and keep an archive of all heritage information
  • make the heritage accessible to residents and visitors and to communicate its work widely
  • involve young people and support and encourage all sources of education


Membership is open to all those who are interested in furthering the objects of the Society.

Subscription rates are:–

  • Full Members £5.00 p.a.
  • Concessions (Students and Senior Citizens) £3.00 p.a.
  • Family membership £12.00 p.a.

The benefits of membership are:

  • reduced admission price at lectures
  • free quarterly Newsletter
  • participation in research
  • support with research
  • help with publications
  • contacts for resources.

For further details and for a membership form, see our Membership page.

There are currently (Apr 2024) about 180 members.


Our main activities are research and meetings which are open to non-members. These consist of illustrated talks, mostly by visiting speakers, on topics related to our work and usually take place every second month.

‘Heritage Trails’, when several committee members run a guided walk for the public or by arrangement with visiting groups, are held from time to time.

Other activities such as exhibitions, workshops and outside visits are held occasionally.

A quarterly newsletter is sent to members.

We collaborate with other organisations who share our interests.

The Organisation of the Society

Many of our members come to the talks or take part in walks or research but the week-to-week running of affairs devolves to the Committee as in our constitution. This meets every month or so depending on the work in hand and the officers meet between times. Minutes are at the moment distributed to the Committee and are available on request by email.

The officers are the Chairman, the Secretary and Vice-Chair, the Treasurer and the Membership Secretary.

The Society, inaugurated in 2004 from the previous Heritage Group, works in collaboration with, and receives support from, the Bath and North-East Somerset Council, the Stone Mines Stabilisation Project and the Combe Down Stone Mines Community Association. It maintains contact with other local heritage sites including the World Heritage Site management, the Roman Baths Museum, the Building of Bath Museum (now known as the Museum of Bath Architecture), the Bath at Work Museum, our sister organisation the Museum of Bath Stone and with other local history and similar societies.

Further information about the Society can be seen in the pages following.