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.
In 2018 the Society produced the Town Map which we hope will help visitors (and some residents) to understand more of the rich heritage in Old Amersham. Download a printable copy, walk the paths and enjoy the town’s hidden corners.
In 2019 the Society will continue promoting the best options for the town and the community. With the building of HS2 and the impending development of the Local Plan there is much to keep the Society busy.
If you are interested in joining the Amersham Society apply now!