Membership Changes

Changes in Structure and System

Substantial changes to our membership structure and system started in 2023.  The previous variation of membership fees between Branches has been removed.  The “Associate” and “Branch” descriptors will give way to a single one of “Society”.  A common membership year for all, from September to the following August, will come into place. A key aim of the changes is to automate many of the tasks involved in the running of the membership system, thereby speeding up responses to membership applications and reducing the workload on our team of volunteers.

Migration of Branch Members

Current and recent Branch members will be migrated to the new membership system.  An email giving details of the changeover has been sent to members to guide them through the process of activating their account.  New membership numbers in the M series will be allocated.

Transition Arrangement for Associate Members

With effect from September 2024 the yearly Membership Term for all members of the Society will be from 1st September to 31st August.

The yearly Associate Membership Term up to 2023 has been from 1st January to 31st December.  In future it will be from 1st September to 31st August.
For Associate Members whose renewal was due on 1st January 2024 the subscription will be for the eight months of the transition period from 1st January to 31st August 2024.

The annual renewal reminder will be sent out to members in August.

Joining the Society

This is now done through the new website at

Some notes about the new Membership System and Website

  • The Membership website at is separate from the existing NIFHS website at
  • The new membership system amalgamates the previous Associate and Branch structures.
  • The standard membership year, from 1st September to 31st August, is adopted.
  • There is a transition period from 1st January to 31st August 2024 for re-aligning the previously different membership years.
  • A Membership Account is used for subscription payment purposes through which details about postal address and email address are kept up to date by the member.  It will provide, at a later date, the access to resources for members.
  • Each Member will be allocated a new membership number in the “Mxxxx” series (x = digit).
  • The new membership number is used as the username for the membership account. The password for the account is chosen by the member.
  • A Member, who so wishes, can choose which Branch to be linked with.
  • An email reminder about membership renewal will be sent in mid-August each year.
  • Renewal of membership with subscription payment is normally automatic unless an opt-out is made before the 31 August expiry date.

Payment Platform

The new membership system uses Stripe for handling subscription payments.  The payment card brands accepted by the platform are Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.  The use of this online payment method allows the prompt subsequent automated membership processing.


Membership Account Password
The new membership system within the website at uses Membership Accounts for the receipt of subscriptions. Each member sets their own password.

Members Area Password
Through the website at members have password-protected access to certain resources.  The password for that access is not the same as that used for the membership account.  It cannot be changed by members.

Looking Ahead
When the work on the new website is completed, only the membership account password will be needed for Subscriptions and Members Area content.

Change Membership Account Password

The new membership system uses “membership accounts”.  A member with a “M” number can reset their account password if it has been lost or forgotten.

Use the “Lost Password?” link below the “Log In” button on the Log In screen.

Sorry – it’s not easily found.

Frequently Asked Questions

The new membership system brings the facilities for online applications and payments, along with means for members to keep their own details up to date.  As with any new system there may be many questions that need answers.  Some of these at set out in the “FAQ” page.  More items will be added when feedback from members and others identifies topics that need clarification.