Welcome to the website of
THE AMERSHAM SOCIETY
The Amersham Society started its life around a successful campaign to protect Shardeloes House from demolition in 1956. Around 20 years later the Society became the driving force behind attempts to set up a Museum in the town. In 1985 the Society set up the Amersham Historic Buildings Trust which bought 49 High Street and this opened as the Amersham Museum in 1991.
In the 1980s the Society took a prominent role in promoting the route for the by-pass, in ensuring the demolition of the nurses’ home (a horrendous tower) as part of the hospital redevelopment and the removal of the gas-holder and pork pie and sausage factory.
In 2016 the Society produced the Amersham Martyrs Play in St Mary’s Church with £6,000 profits going to Amersham Museum. Look out for the next production in 2021 which will be the 500th anniversary of six burnings.
With the building of HS2 and the impending development of the Local Plan there is much to keep the Society busy.
The Society has four main objectives:
- To preserve and improve the character and amenities of Old Amersham and its historical environs, promoting the town’s prosperity and vigour.
- To promote standards of architecture, conservation, planning, design, maintenance and use of buildings and infrastructure compatible with the character and quality of life in and/or affecting the old town of Amersham
- To foster community spirit amongst those interested in the Old Town by organising lectures, visits and other events.
- To promote an interest in, and the study of, the history of the area through cooperation (including, where relevant, joint activities) with Amersham Museum.