Welcome to the Amersham Society

The Society aims to foster a greater awareness of the amenities and heritage of the Old Town of Amersham and to encourage conservation and sensitive enhancement. As the future of such small market towns comes under an increasing variety of threats, it acts as a watchdog, a forum for discussion and an advocate on behalf of its members. It is a non-political organisation, with membership open to everyone who shares our desire to make the town attractive to residents and visitors.

During the winter months the Society organises lectures at present in the Kings Chapel, often on subjects of local interest, and also an annual summer outing.

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 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.

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 here.