We aim to –

  • foster an interest in Combe Down’s past
  • record and interpret its history and keep an archive of all heritage information
  • make the heritage accessible to residents and visitors and to communicate its work widely
  • involve young people and support and encourage all sources of education


Membership form download  Membership is open to all those who are interested in furthering the objects of the Society. It runs for a calendar year, 1st April to 31st March. The subscription of any member joining the Society in the three months preceding 31st March in any year covers membership for the Society’s year commencing 1st April following the date of joining. All members of all ages and within family membership are permitted to vote. No member shall have power to vote at any meeting of the Society if his/her subscription is in arrears at the time. Membership shall lapse if the subscription is unpaid after 1st Jun that year.

Subscription We encourage members to pay direct from their Bank by Standing Order.  Subscription rates are:–

  • Full Members £5.00
  • Concessions (Students and Senior Citizens) £3.00
  • Family membership £12.00

Business membership is welcome. A completed membership form should be sent to the Membership Secretary. Click here to download a printer friendly version. (NB. members renewing their membership don’t need to fill in a new form)

Benefits of membership

  • free attendances at lectures
  • free quarterly Newsletter
  • participation in research
  • support with research
  • help with publications
  • contacts for resources


Our main activities are research and meetings which are open to non-members. These consist of illustrated talks, mostly by visiting speakers, on topics related to our work and usually take place every second month.

‘Heritage Trails’, when several committee members run a guided walk for the public or by arrangement with visiting groups, are held several times a year.

Other activities such as exhibitions, workshops and outside visits are held from time to time.

A quarterly newsletter is sent to members (about 200).

We collaborate with other organisations who share our interests.

The Organisation of the Society

The majority of our members (now about 200) come to the talks or take part in walks or research but the week-to-week running of affairs devolves to the Committee as in our constitution. This meets every month or so depending on the work in hand and the officers meet between times. Minutes are at the moment distributed to the Committee and are available for scrutiny in our ‘yellow box’ in the Stone Mines Information Centre in the centre of the village.

The officers are the Chairman, the Secretary and Vice-Chair, the Treasurer and the Membership Secretary.

The Society, inaugurated in 2004 from the previous Heritage Group, works in collaboration with, and receives support from, the Bath and North-east Somerset Council, the Stone Mines Stabilisation Project and the Combe Down Stone Mines Community Association. It maintains contact with other local heritage sites including the World Heritage Site management, the Roman Baths Museum, the Building of Bath Museum, the Bath at Work Museum and with other local history and similar societies.

Further information about the Society can be seen in the pages below.