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The Arsenal History Society

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association (AISA).

The Society was formed in 2009 and received a major boost in 2010 when the idea of the history project was taken to Arsenal FC in a meeting attended by three members of AISA’s executive committee, and Ivan Gazidis.  You can read a brief report of that meeting here.

Report on the meeting between Ivan Gazidis and the Arsenal History Site

The Society seeks to explore and clarify Arsenal’s history, and does this through…

  • This blog – where ideas are explored, challenged, re-worked and developed
  • Arsenal Uncovered – our series in the Arsenal programme for every home match
  • A series of booklets published by AISA and which are provided free of charge to all AISA members.
  • A series of books – of which the first was “Making the Arsenal”.  We are planning to publish two more in 2012 – one on Royal Arsenal, and one on Woolwich Arsenal.

The committee

  • Chair: Tony Attwood
  • Secretary: Andy Kelly
  • Vice Chair: Mark Andrews
  • Liaison with AISA: Paul Matz

 How to join the Arsenal History Society

Anyone can join in the debate on the AHS blog whether a member of the Society or not.  But members do get the benefit of the twice yearly booklets on Arsenal’s history, updates about our work, and full membership of AISA, including updates from AISA about the association.

Achievements and activity

1: The society proposed to the CEO of Arsenal a series of statues within the precincts of the ground, and this proposal led to the development of the three statues opened to celebrate 125 years.

2: The society runs the Woolwich Arsenal blog which has already published hundreds of articles about Arsenal’s history

3: Following the development of the blog we were asked to contribute a regular column to the club programme, which resulted in Arsenal Uncovered in the 2011/12 season.

4: Plans are afoot for a series of books including in 2012 books on Royal Arsenal and Woolwich Arsenal.

5: The first in a series of social events is being held in January 2012.