Medieval Myths and Walsall’s Wands – Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019: Medieval Myths and Walsall’s Wands  

The Bayard’s colts are a set of 17 clubs held at the Walsall Leather Museum whose mysterious origins have intrigued people for centuries. On Wednesday 3rd April there will be a special free event at the Walsall Leather Museum which is open to the public. As well as seeing the Colts on display, Dr Marianne Ailes of the University of Bristol will be giving a talk about their history and a local storyteller will be retelling the Medieval legend of Bayard. Light refreshments will also be available. 

While the event is free please book in advance to help with catering. To book a place, please email

For more detail please see the attached flyer: Walsall’s Wands flyer


Saturday 11th May 2019: Castle Pulverbatch

Saturday 11th May 2019: Castle Pulverbatch

Castle Pulverbatch is recognised as one of the finest examples of a motte and bailey castle in the county. In 2017 a programme of geophysical survey and UAV survey at Castle Pulverbatch took advantage of recent scrub clearance by the Friends of Castle Pulverbatch. This site visit, led by Giles Carey,  Shropshire Council’s Historic Environment Records Officer, will look at the castle in the light of the recent survey work.

Meet at the castle at 2.15pm. There is parking the White Horse Inn (NGR: SJ 424 024) with limited parking at the castle itself. Cost: £3.00

Saturday 13th April 2019: ‘An Anglo-Saxon hall at Atcham: excavations and explorations in 2017’

Saturday 13th April 2019: ‘An Anglo-Saxon hall at Atcham: excavations and explorations in 2017’ – a talk by Dr Roger White

Cropmarks of two or three timber buildings were revealed by photography in 1975 on a gravel ridge near Atcham, Shropshire. This site is unique in the West Midlands and probably represents the centre of power of an important Saxon overlord. Following a geophysical survey of the site in 2011, Dr Roger White of Birmingham University and Janine Young of the National Trust carried out trial excavations on the site in June 2017. This talk will explore the site and the recent investigations. 2.30pm at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND