About the Society


There are regular meetings at a central venue in Newport on the island where speakers cover topics ranging from local history to the use of particular sources. The meeting fee is £1 for members and £2 for non-members.

We have a One-Day Conference in May each year which features well known Island and mainland speakers.

Full details of meetings and outings are published in the journal. For the latest news on these see Programme of Events


The aim of the society is to help members to undertake their own research. We try to offer every help to our members, particularly those who are just beginning. When volunteers are available we provide a limited research service, in return for expenses, for members who are unable to visit the island. If lengthy investigations are required we can recommend professional researchers who can be employed.

Resource Centre & Research Material

Our books and records are now under one roof at our Resource Centre in St Thomas's Square, Newport. Here we have a reference library containing an excellent variety of books and a very comprehensive collection of micro-fiche and CDs which can be viewed on our readers and on our computers. There is also a book stall stocking a wide range of reasonably priced books and booklets which can be ordered by post and a large stock of journals of other societies throughout Britain. A list of our books is available and they can be ordered through The Parish Chest using a secure credit card system.

The opening times for the Resource Centre are:

Saturday - 10 am - 12.30 pm

There may be occasions when the Resource Centre will not be open at these times. Please check with the Librarian (Resource Rooms Manager) to confirm whether the Centre is open. Conversely, we can make special arrangements to open the Centre at other times.

Map showing Riverside Centre, Resource Centre and Record Office.


We publish a quarterly journal. The subscription year runs from 1st January but anyone joining during the year receives the four journals for that year. The journal contains a 'Help Wanted' section and members can place enquiries in this section free of charge. Articles and items for the journal (no need to be typed, just clearly written) are always welcomed by our editor. For full details of Submission Guidelines see Journals
E-mail contact : Journal Editor


The annual subscription is £12 for U.K. members (one or two members at one address receiving one printed Journal but both with voting rights); £15 for E.U. members ; and £20 for overseas members. There is also an eJournal option where the member does not receive the printed Journal but can download it from the website. This is £6 p.a. Remittances should be made in sterling or sufficient extra added to allow for the conversion charge. Overseas members are advised to use our secure credit card system through the Parish Chest (see Become a Member). The Subscriptions year runs from 1st January until 31st December of each year. Subscriptions are renewable on 1st January of each year.

We hope you will decide to join us and look forward to meeting you.