Ayrshire is very fortunate in having a large number of very active societies with an interest in local and family history. The Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies is the "umbrella" organisation which coordinates and supports the activities of many of these organisations.
The AFHS annually produces a diary of all the talks taking place in Ayrshire which are arranged by its member organisations.
The diary for the early part of 2011 is reproduced below.
Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies.
Diary for 2011 - February to May.
AA Arran Antiquarians. Meetings in Brodick Public Hall, Brodick, at 2 p.m.
AANHS Ayrshire Archaeological & Natural History Society. Meetings in Carnegie Library, Ayr, at 7.45 p.m.
*. This particular meeting will be held at the Citadel Leisure Centre, South Harbour Street, Ayr, at 7.45 p.m.
ASA Alloway & Southern Ayrshire Family History Society. Meetings in Alloway Church Halls, Alloway, at 7.45 p.m.
BHS Beith Historical Society. Meetings in lounge of the Eglinton Inn, Beith at 8.00 p.m.
CHS Cumbrae Historical Society. Meetings in Hiccups Lounge, Newton Bar, Millport at 7 p.m..
DHS Dundonald Historical Society. Meetings in Dundonald Castle Visitors Centre, Dundonald, at 7.30 p.m.
EAFHS East Ayrshire Family History Society. Meetings in Gateway Centre, Foregate Square, Kilmarnock, at 7.30 p.m.
FHS Joint Joint Meeting of Ayrshire Family History Societies. St Columba’s Church, Largs, at 7.45 p.m.
KCCS Kyle and Carrick Civic Society. Meetings in Loudoun Hall, Ayr, at 7.30 p.m.
KDHG Kilmarnock & District History Group. Meetings in Kilmarnock College at 7.30 p.m.
Largs HH LDHS Hakon Hakonsson Lecture. In Vikingar!, Largs at 8 p.m.
Largs Jt. Joint meeting of LDHS and LNAFHS. In St Columba’s Session House, Largs at 7.30 p.m.
LDHS Largs and District Historical Society. Meetings in Largs Museum at 7.30 p.m.
L(MS) LDHS, Marine Section. Meetings in Largs Museum at 7.30 p.m.
LNAFHS Largs & North Ayrshire Family History Society. Meetings in Largs Library, Allanpark Street, Largs at 7.30 p.m.
PHG Prestwick History Group. Meetings in 65 Club, Main Street, Prestwick, at 7.30 p.m.
SHS Stewarton & District Historical Society. Meetings in John Knox Church Hall, Stewarton, at 7.30 p.m.
SWT Scottish Wildlife Trust: Ayrshire Members’ Centre. Meetings in The Green Room, Auchincruive, Ayr, at 7.30 p.m.
TAFHS Troon @ Ayrshire Family History Society. Meetings in Portland Church Hall, South Beach, Troon, at 7.30 p.m.
WKCS West Kilbride Civic Society. Meetings in Community Centre, Corse Street, West Kilbride, at 7.30 p.m.
Thurs 3rd PHG David Rowan and Alisdair Cochrane - Posted in Prestwick
Mon 7th KCCS John Pelan - The Scottish Civic Trust
Mon 7th SHS I Dickson - The City of Petra
Tues 8th LNAFHS Mrs N Cameron - Wemyss Bay Station
Tues 8th KDHG KDHG Members - History on the Web
Thurs 10th EAFHS Valerie Campbell - Thomas McDougall Brisbane
Thurs 10th AANHS Gordon Stewart - Dundonald Castle
Mon 14th CHS Jim Walker - The Antonine Wall: Rome’s North West Frontier
Tues 15th ASA Brenda Kidd - History of St Andrews Ambulance
Tues 15th TAFHS Carolina Borwick - Blair Castle and its People
Tues 15th SWT Paula Baker - Alternative Lochwinnoch
Mon 21st LDHS James Brown - Crossraguel Abbey – Ayrshire’s Ancient French Connection
Tues 22nd WKCS Stanley Sarsfield - Mauchline Ware
Tues 22nd KDHG Sandra Liquorish - Fairlie House – Its Architects and Inhabitants
Thurs 24th AANHS Fraser Hunter - Romans in Scotland
Thurs 24th BHS Lesley Charlton - The Importance of Place
Thurs 3rd PHG Members - Pot Pourri
Mon 7th KCCS Edwin Lawrence - All the Fun of the Fair
Mon 7th SHS Bill McGregor - Trams and Buses, Part II
Tues 8th KDHG Graham Boyd - Kalliningrad
Thurs 10th AANHS* Ian Cornforth - Bats (Chiroptera)
Thurs 10th EAFHS Joyce Brown - Hamilton Palace
Mon 14th CHS Dugald Cameron - Scotland’s Aviation – From Pilcher to the Planets
Tues 15th TAFHS tbc
Tues 15th ASA Sheena Andrew - Auld Ayr
Tues 15th SWT Davy McCracken - Chough Stuff: Developing Chough Conservation Strategy in Scotland
Mon 21st LDHS Shirley Watson - The Scottish Battlefields as Cultural Artefact
Tues 22nd KDHG Alastair Dinsmore - The History of Glasgow Police
Wed 23rd FHS Joint Chris Paton - Researching Your Irish Ancestry
Tues 29th WKCS John Hume - Victorian Churches
Thurs 31st BHS Alex Grey - New Riverside Museum
Mon 4th SHS A Adamson Scottish Civic Trust – 20 years of Buildings at Risk
Thurs 7th PHG Jean Lockley and Graham Humphreys - Man’s Mark
Tues 12th TAFHS Sandra Liquorish - Fairlie House and its People
Tues 12th LNAFHS Donald Cameron - Street Names of Largs
Thurs 14th EAFHS John Stevenson and Daniel Mackay - Strang’s Foundry, Hurlford
Mon 18th CHS Pauline Hunter - The Hunters of Hunterston
Tues 19th SWT Scott Shanks - Small Blue Butterfly Reintroduction at Gailes Marsh
Tues 26th ASA John Hume - Victorian Churches in Ayrshire
Thurs 28th BHS Gerald Cummings - Old Roads of Ayrshire
Thurs 5th PHG Members - Blether of 2011
Mon 9th SHS David Clement - Local Place Names and their Origins, Part II.
Thurs 12th EAFHS Dane Love tbc
Tues 17th ASA Sheila and Andrew Dinwoodie - The Girvan – Boer War Connection