About us

The Greater Elland Historical Society was founded in 1974 by a group of like minded local people.

The aims of the Society are:

  • To inspire an awareness of our heritage both locally and nationally and to encourage a knowledge of history, especially local to the Greater Elland area.
  • To compile, preserve and maintain a written and pictorial record of the area and to be involved with historical research and preservation by individuals or groups, publishing to members and others as appropriate.
  • To provide an annual programme to include talks, discussions, walks and visits both locally and afield.
  • To liaise with similarly interested organisations.


Currently the Society has about 80 members and the cost of membership for the 2024/25 season is just £15.00 per person. Cheques for the full amount and made payable to The Greater Elland Historical Society are a great help for our accounts. If you intend paying by cash please have the exact amount ready when attending the meeting.

We are open to all with a genuine interest in local history. Just come along to any meeting, taken from the syllabus and make yourself known to the Secretary on the door. The business of the Society is managed by an elected committee of officers which meets monthly.

Our members meet on the second Wednesday of every month throughout the year. Meetings consist of a winter and summer syllabus with the winter programme being made up of a series of invited guest speakers and the summer programme of a series of visits to places of  historical interest.

The Annual General Meeting takes place as part of the October meeting. In addition, there are a number of day trips by coach to  places of interest further afield and an annual dinner in March. The monthly meetings, excursions  and dinner are very well supported, All these events are charged at cost and are very popular with members.

Winter meetings take place in the concert room at Elland Working Men’s Club, South Lane, Elland  HX5 0HT. Meetings begin at 7.15 p.m. and usually end by 9.00 p.m.