Field meetings in the summer, under expert leadership, are made to archaeological sites, including excavations in progress, historic houses, churches and museums etc, both within the county and in adjacent areas.
Winter meetings are held once a month, normally on the second Saturday. Local researchers and nationally known archaeologists and historians give lectures on local and more-than-local topics.
Winter Programme 2018-19:
Saturday 22nd September 2018: AGM 2.00pm, The Shirehall, Shrewsbury. Followed at 2.30pm by: “The Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Project” by Nick Hill of Historic England. Built in 1797, Shrewsbury’s Flax Mill is renowned as the earliest iron-framed building in the world. Abandoned since 1987 when the Maltings closed, and derelict for many years, the site is now undergoing a major transformation. The Main Mill and the Kiln are the focus of a £25m programme of repair and regeneration, one of the largest HLF-funded projects in the country. Nick Hill, Historic England’s project manager, will outline the latest developments on the project, including the intricate repairs to the Main Mill and recent archaeological discoveries.
Saturday 10th November 2018: Shrewsbury’s Town Walls by Hugh Hannaford. Shrewsbury’s town walls date back to the 1220s. They were maintained and repaired for the next 500 years, but since the middle of the 18th century they have been overwhelmed in places by neglect and development. This talk will take a look at what survives, and at some recent work to enhance and conserve the town’s medieval defences. At the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury at 2.30pm.
Friday 7th December 2018: Winter Social Event This year’s winter social event will be held at Adcote School. The medieval settlement of Addecote has a written history going back to the Norman Conquest. The present house dates to 1876 and was designed by Norman Shaw RA to a Tudor design and stands in 27 acres of landscaped gardens. The house was owned by the Darby family until being converted to a school in the early 20th century. We will meet at 2.15pm at Adcote School, Little Ness, Shrewsbury, SY4 2JY. Please book in advance with David Pannett, Tel: 01743 850773 or book here: book Winter Social Event. The cost will be £10.00 per person. Please note this year’s Social Event is on a Friday afternoon.
Saturday 12th January 2019: Shropshire Seals and Seal matrices from the 12th to the 18th centuries by John Cherry Shropshire Museums recently acquired a silver seal found by a metal detectorist at Wrockwardine, which may have belonged to the 13th century prior of a local abbey. Shropshire Museums were very generously aided by the Art Fund towards purchasing the seal. This talk will look at a number of seals and seal matrices associated with or originating in Shropshire from the 12th century onwards. At the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury at 2.30pm.
Saturday 9th February 2019: A Review of Recent Archaeological Investigations in Shropshire by Dr Andy Wigley. This talk will provide a brief overview of how archaeology is dealt with in the planning process before giving a summary of recent interesting findings for developer funded work around the county. At the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury at 2.30pm.
Saturday 9th March 2019: Thomas Telford and the Holyhead Road in East Shropshire by Neil Clarke. This talk will look at the section of Telford’s road between Shrewsbury and the county boundary at the Summer House, and will cover Telford’s proposals and the finance and construction of the thirteen major civil engineering works. At the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury at 2.30pm.
Saturday 13th April 2019: An Anglo-Saxon hall at Atcham: excavations and explorations in 2017 by 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
Download the Winter Programme here: Winter Programme 2018-19