Links to Societies promoting Thomas Hardy


The Thomas Hardy Association -

Founded in 1997 by Professor Rosemarie Morgan to promote the study and appreciation of Hardys writings in every corner of the world. This site is strongly recommended to all who are interested in Hardy.

Alliance Of Literary Societies -

Co-operative of organisations working in defence of literary heritage.

Athelhampton House and Gardens
East of Puddletown, near Dorchester, Dorset. This 15thC house was often visited by Thomas Hardy.

BBC Audiobooks -
New recordings of Hardy's novels

Bere Regis ('Kingsbere') Village Website -
A treasure trove of contemporary and historical information and photographs.

Boscastle, Cornwall -

Campsites in Dorset -

Find caravan parks and campsites with Caravan Sitefinder

Dorchester -
Detailed information on places to visit, forthcoming attractions, accommodation etc.

Dorset County Council -
Detailed information on the County of Dorset including arts events and theDorchester Library.

Dorset County Museum -
The Dorset County Museum traces the natural, archaeological, social, and geological history of Dorset from Prehistory to the present day. The website holds information about the galleries, collections, special exhibitions and events.

Dorset and East Devon Coast -
On 13th December 2001 UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced that the Dorset and East Devon Coast is now officially listed as a natural World Heritage Site.

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) -
The Trust works to preserve and protect the habitat and wildlife of the county.

Edmund Blunden -
For information on the life, times and work of the 20th Century poet Edmund Blunden

Footscape -
Footscape self-guided walking holidays on the Jurassic Coast

Harvey's Literary Tours -

Explore the relationships between the region's authors and the landscapes that inspired them, and how each brings depth, perspective and meaning to the other.

Heart Of Dorset -

A selection of farm and country holiday accommodation throughout Dorset

Keep Military Museum -
The Military Museum Of Devon & Dorset tells the stories of the soldiers and their families who have served in the regiments over the past three hundred years. There are spectacular views of Thomas Hardys Casterbridge and surrounding area from the battlements.

Kitty's photostore -

National Trust -
Hardys Cottage
Max Gate
Thomas Hardy was born at Hardys Cottage, Bockhampton in June 1840.
He lived at Max Gate from 1885 until his death in 1928.

Isle Of Portland Pictures -

Pictures of Thomas Hardy visiting Marie Stopes, the Family Planning pioneer, at her lighthouse home on Portland, Dorset. Contact: Geoff Kirby

Oxford Worlds Classics -

Online resources, an excellent guide and search engine for Thomas Hardy.

Poetry Book Society
Contact: James Knapton, Membership & Sales Officer
Fourth Floor, 2 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RA Tel: 0207833 9247

UK Railways On The Net -
Details of train services.

The Royal Society of Literature

Founded by King George IV in 1820 to 'reward literary merit and excite literary talent' the RSL offers a programme of monthly events including lectures, debates and poetry readings. For further information visit

Thomas Hardy Explorer -

Alistair Chisholm is an experienced and very entertaining tour guide who will help you get the most out of your visit.

The Powys Society -

The Victorian Literary Society -
Hyper-concordance - excellent resource for Hardy students.

Victorian Web -

Waterstone Books -
Staff at the Dorchester store are an eclectic bunch at varying stages of evolution and have a wide range of interests and abilities. Someone somewhere will know the answer to your question and eagerly lead you to the excellent range of Thomas Hardys works.

Wessex Discovery Tours -

Personally-guided tours for small groups in beautiful Wessex. Visit the locations that feature in Thomas Hardy's life and works amid the rolling Dorset countryside.

West Dorset Tourism -
West Dorset is the heart of Thomas Hardys Wessex. Browse this site for details of Tourist Information Centres, coast and countryside and the towns of Dorchester, Sherborne, Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis.

Weymouth & Portland -
Details of services and information for Weymouth and Portland.

William Barnes Society -
William Barnes (1801 1886) was born in Bagber, North Dorset. He was a poet who wrote mainly in the Dorset dialect but also in Standard English. He taught himself 60 languages, was a competent engraver, antiquary, linguist and musician, playing the flute, violin and piano. He was a schoolmaster but later registered as a ten years man with St Johns College, Cambridge, he was priested in 1848. Barnes died at Winterborne Came and is buried in the churchyard there. The Society promotes the enjoyment of the poems of William Barnes and knowledge of the man himself and his times. They aim to nurture the dialect and encourage reading. They hold events which include talks, members evenings when members read poems both in dialect and Standard English, musical entertainment drawing on Dorsets rich folk and cultural traditions, and an annual service of remembrance. They produce a bi-annual newsletter which contains articles and information on publications and research related to William Barnes.

Winning Writers -
Finds and creates resources for poets and writers

In the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy: Heart of Hardy's Dorset -

Highpoint Holidays is a small family run independent tour operator specialising in walking holidays in the UK and France. Their walking holiday 'In the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy' is highly recommended!

Society calendar
Upcoming events
Latest news
The Thomas Hardy Society 2023
HomeJoin usMenuContact us

This website uses cookies

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you've provided to them or that they've collected from your use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.

OK Accept Cookies