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The Strange House [Event]
A walk from the United Church, Dorchester, to Max Gate where John Hayes (National Trust house manager) will give a talk about the house

Fiddling Folk: A Music and Dancing Walk [Event]
A THS Conference/Festival Event

Save Our Countryside! [News]
Take a Walk for STAND (Save the Area North of Dorchester) - Developers want to build an urban area larger than Poundbury on Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd country.

Fordington Vicarage [Page]
St. Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, was given Salisbury Field by his royal uncle, William the Conqueror, in the 11th century. Fordington vicarage was built in 1222 and demolished in 1971 to make way for social housing.

Dorchester Literary Festival | A Walk Around Dorchester in the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy [Event]
Dorchester Literary Festival | A Walk Around Dorchester in the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy

A Visit to Bathsheba Everdene's House [Page]
Cassam Jany visits Waterston Manor

Celebrate Hardy's Birthday at Hardy's Cottage! [Event]
Tours, Cake and Lemonade at Bockhampton.

Mellstock [Page]
Mellstock Dorset - Thomas Hardy Country

Mellstock Poems Walk  [Event]
Meet at Thorncombe Wood Car Park (NGR SY724922) for a gentle four mile walk through the heart of Hardy Country

STAND and Thomas Hardy Society Walk Report [News]
A walk to discover how much beautiful Wessex countryside will be lost

Hardy's Wessex Under Threat! [News]
Proposed North of Dorchester Development

Purchase of New Hardy Letter [News]
The Thomas Hardy Society in conjunction with the Dorset History Centre have purchased a newly discovered letter by Hardy

Going the Rounds 2023 - Sold Out [Event]
SOLD OUT - Going the Rounds 2023

Stinsford and North Dorchester Walk [Event]
In conjunction with STAND (Save the Area North of Dorchester)

Hardy and Valentine's Day by Tracy Hayes [Page]
The most famous instance of a Valentine appearing in Hardy's works is of course the chapter 'Sortes Sanctorum' in Far From the Madding Crowd.

New Hardy Players Donate to Local Charities During These Challenging Times [News]
Thousands of pounds donated to Food Banks and Poverty Action

Obituary for Helga Schulz [News]
A Dedication to a Life-Long Lover of Hardy

2019 [Page]
Minutes from the 2019 AGM and details of Accounts

THOMAS HARDY AND SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER STUDY WEEKEND IN DORCHESTER, 10-11 FEBRUARY 2024. The study weekend organised jointly by the Thomas Hardy Society and Sylvia Townsend Warner Society, led off on Saturday 10th Feb with a day-long mini-conference in the Learning Room of Dorchester Library

Gender and Hardy [Event]
A Talk for Salisbury Museum by Dr Tracy Hayes

Thomas Hardy Confidential [Event]
A fascinating fresh appreciation of a great writer and the people and places he immortalised.

Going The Rounds 2021 [Event]
A Biennial THS Event in Conjunction with Tim Laycock and Dorset Musicians

Unsung Heroes of HardyLand - Andy Worth [Page]
A series celebrating the individuals who work behind the scenes to provide us with unique Hardyan experiences.

Dorchester Vintage Bus and Coach Running Day [Event]
WHOTT Celebrates Under the Greenwood Tree

Hardy's Birthday Weekend Celebrations [Event]
A celebration of Hardy's 179th birthday

Thomas Hardy and T.E. Lawrence - Their Friendship and Milieu [Event]
A Joint Society Day Hosted by the Thomas Hardy Society and the T.E. Lawrence Society

What I Really Think of My Husband [Event]
What I Really Think of My Husband examines the life of one of the most celebrated British writers of all times; from the tortuous nature of the man himself, the trials and tribulations of his two wives, Emma and Florence, to the legacy of his literary genius.

A Walk Through Hardy's Heartland [Event]
A guided walk through Hardy's heartland led by THS expert Susan Clarke

Hardy Meets M.R. James: An Evening of Ghosts and Gothic [Event]
A special performance for the Thomas Hardy Society Conference and Festival 2021

Dorset Life on Film [Event]
A new celebratory show of old Dorset films from the archive of Windrose Rural Media Trust

A Review of the Inspired By Thomas Hardy Poetry Anthologies [News]
By Richard House - Self & Society: An International Journal for Humanistic Psychology

What lies beneath Max Gate? [Event]
Wessex Museums, in partnership with National Trust and HengeFest

Thomas Hardy Country Fair [Event]
Thomas Hardy Country Fair at Kingston Maurward from 12 noon onwards on Sunday 15th July 2018

STAND Says: Save Our Green Fields! [News]
Say NO to 4000 Homes on Hardy's Landscape!

Exploring Hardy's Upwey [Event]
Walk, Talk and AGM

The Dynasts: A Thomas Hardy Society Study Day [Event]
The Dynasts is a drama in verse and prose by Thomas Hardy. Hardy himself described this work as ‘an epic-drama of the war with Napoleon, in three parts, nineteen acts and one hundred and thirty scenes’.

[CANCELLED] Darkest Wessex: Hardy and the Gothic Short Story [Event]
A Hardy Country Series Lecture by Dr Tracy Hayes

Thomas Hardy Poetry Group Goes Online [News]
A successful move from physical to virtual appreciation.

'Hardy the Novel Character: Recreations of the Author in Three Modern Works of Fiction' [Event]
A THS Conference/Festival Lecture by Professor Paul Niemeyer

Make Your Voice Heard! Support STAND! Save Hardy's Wessex! [News]
Oppose Cultural Vandalism!

Important Thomas Hardy Correspondence Purchase [News]
Important letter will guarantee long-term access to Archives

Links [Page]
Links to Societies promoting Thomas Hardy

Solar Park Threatens Hardy Country [News]
A Park the size of 140 football pitches is planned

A Hardy Family History Research Trip [Page]
Val Weedon researches her family connections to Thomas Hardy

A Modern Hardy Pilgrimage by Nancy Powell [News]
As published in The Belting Zodiac

A Thomas Hardy Christmas Quiz! [News]
Hardy 100 Years Ago - by Rod Drew

Thomas Hardy's Wessex [Event]
A Three-Night Tour of Discovery and Inspiration

Unsung Heroes of HardyLand - Mike Nixon [Page]
A series celebrating the individuals who work behind the scenes to provide us with unique Hardyan experiences.

Hardy and Lockdown by Tracy Hayes [Page]
Hardy and Lockdown

FAQ [Page]
Frequently Asked Questions about Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy and the May Day Festival by Tracy Hayes [Page]
The first day of May marks the onset of warm weather and fertility in Nature, celebrated in festivals such as the Cerealia, involving club-walking and dancing around a beribboned Maypole.

Our Partners [Page]
Learn more about the Hardy Country initiative partners

Hardy and Gothic Wessex [Event]
A Weekend Conference Featuring Dorset's Darker Side!

The Short Stories of Thomas Hardy: An Appraisal [Page]
A Monograph by Patrick Tolfree - Edited and with an Introduction by Phillip Mallett

Time, Memory and Emotion in The Trumpet-Major - Andrew Hewitt [Page]
Time, Memory and Emotion in The Trumpet-Major

Thomas Hardy Society Conference 2010 Report by Brenda Parry [Page]
Brenda's highlights of the 2010 Conference

The Short Stories of Thomas Hardy Chapter 4: Death, Dying and the Macabre [Page]
By Patrick Tolfree

Notice of Thomas Hardy Society AGM [Event]
Agenda and Minutes of the Last Meeting

Life [Page]
Thomas Hardy

A Ridge in Wessex: South Dorset During the Napoleonic Wars - Andrew North and Mark North [Page]
A Ridge in Wessex: South Dorset During the Napoleonic Wars

A Tribute to Professor Rosemarie Morgan [News]
R.I.P. Colleague, Mentor, Friend

Hardy's Silly Soldiers - Tracy Hayes [Page]
Hardy's Silly Soldiers

Save the Area North of Dorchester! [Event]
A Public Meeting to Save Hardy's Countryside

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