About us

Chipping Campden History Society (CCHS), formerly Campden and District Historical and Archaeological Society, is a registered charity No. 1034379, formed in 1984 "to advance the education of the general public in the history and architecture of Chipping Campden and its surrounding villages".

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the history of Chipping Campden and district.  The current annual subscription is £17 for single UK membership, £25 for double/joint UK membership and £25 sterling for overseas membership.  To become a member download a Membership form and send it to the Membership Secretary, Chipping Campden History Society, The Old Police Station, High Street, Chipping Campden, GL55 6HB

The Archive Room

The archives are housed in our office at The Old Police Station on the High Street.  It is open to visitors who wish to examine the archives, make enquiries or do some research on the days and times given below and by appointment.  Telephone 01386 848840 or email us to make an appointment.

Opening Times

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10.00am - 12 noon, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Thursday:  10.00am - 12 noon

Friday:  Closed

Saturday:  10.am - 12 noon

Sunday:  Closed


CCHS is run entirely by volunteers - we have no paid staff.  However, we do have expenses, such as the rent on the Archive Room, hire of rooms for meetings, project costs, office running costs, etc.  If you are able to make a donation, we will be very grateful.  Please send your cheque (payable to 'CCHS') to The Treasurer, CCHS, The Old Police Station, High Street, Chipping Campden, GL55 6HB.  You can also make a donation online via Paypal.

Events and Outings

CCHS has an annual programme of talks and outings starting in September and ending with the Annual General Meeting in April. See the Events page for details of events and Outings.

The surrounding area

Although the main focus of our work is Chipping Campden, we are also interested in researching neighbouring villages:

Contact us if you have an interest in one of these villages.

Past activities

  • Translation of the WWII Diary of Klaus Behr, a German Prisoner of War at Springhill Camp by volunteers in England and Germany
  • An archaeological excavation in the gardens of the Almshouses
  • Developing a "Schools" project to create a community archive website for Campden (Grammar) School
  • Transcribing Campden Wills from 1550-1850
  • Cleaning and scanning nearly 300 Jesse Taylor photographic plates
  • Research into the history of houses in Broad Campden

For information about our current projects go to the Projects page.