About our Society
In 1982 a group of people formed a committee with the intention of celebrating the 150th anniversary of Coalville in 1983. The founder member of the group was local historian Denis Baker and the group was called ‘Coalville 150 Group’, Denis becoming the Chairman.
By the beginning of 1983 most local organisations were onboard including Leicestershire County Council and North West Leicestershire District Council.
The celebrations lasted for a week and included a large exhibition at the then Technical College and various event throughout the town.
After the success of the celebrations it was decided to continue with the 150 Group and through the years they organised exhibitions as well as publishing several books on the heritage and history of the area. Denis Baker’s book ‘Coalville – The First 75 Years’ is the definitive work on the early history of the town.
Beginnings of the Heritage Society
An offshoot of the Coalville 150 Group was the Coalville Local History Society (CLHS) and many people were members of both. The main function of the CLHS was an organised season of talks each year.
The two organisations continued their separate ways until 2005 when it was mutually agreed that they should merge and in early 2006 the Coalville Heritage Society (CHS) was born, Denis Baker continuing as Chairman.
The CHS continues the work of both organisations holding exhibitions, publishing books, holding talks and championing the heritage of the area. We work closely with many organisation and have especially good relations with North West Leicestershire District Council and Leicestershire County Council. We also support the newly formed Snibston Heritage Trust (SHT) of which some members of the CHS are also trustees of the SHT.