On 26th March 1957, the Melton Mowbray and District Branch of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society (LAHS) was formed and functioned as such until 21st September 1979 when it seceded from LAHS. Melton Mowbray and District Historical Society (MM&DHS) then became an autonomous entity.
The first chairman of the society was Mr H A J Dennison (a physicist at PERA). He was followed by the notable local historian Gilbert King, Cyril Bowes, Michael Loxton, Dr Alan Fox, Martin Burton, Peter Raikes and currently Rob Urquhart.
In its lifetime the Society has achieved much, but its most recent high point is arguably the Millennium exhibition which it staged at the Carnegie Museum and featured the history of the Town and Borough of Melton Mowbray, including a ‘Time-Line’. Sarah Wright, the daughter of a society member, was commissioned by the Society to do the graphics. From time to time it is on display in St Mary’s Church. The ‘Time-Line’ has also been stored on DVD, copies of which can be obtained from the church authorities for a small fee which goes to the restoration fund.
The Society currently has over 100 members who meet at 7:30 pm on the second Friday of each month during the winter months (from October to April) inclusive. Members listen to talks from visiting speakers on a wide range of historical topics. It has met at several venues over the years including Colles Hall, for some 20 years, and the Samworth Centre. The current venue is the Sage Cross Methodist Church.
During the summer months members enjoy visits to places of significant historical interest.
New members are encouraged. Application forms can be downloaded or obtained from the Membership Secretary.