Summer Programme 2019:

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

Saturday 11th May 2019Castle Pulverbatch a site visit led by Giles Carey.  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, Historic Environment Records Officer, Shropshire Council, 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 8th June 2019: Stokesay Castle and the Onny Valley a site visit led by David Pannett.  English Heritage have recently improved the interpretation and catering facilities at Stokesay Castle. There is a lot more to explore and explain all around the castle site including the river channels, mills, bridges, building stones etc.  Meet at the Stokesay Castle car park (Post code: SY7 9AH; NGR: SO 435 817) at 2.15 pm. Fee £2.00 on the day. Optional Castle entrance extra.  Please book in advance using this form: Stokesay booking or by telephone:  01743 850773 (David Pannett)

Saturday 13th July 2019: CBA West Midlands AGM.  At the Shrewsbury Flax Mill Maltings,  10.00 – 4.00pm.  A day of talks, tours, site visits etc. – please see the attached summer programme for more details.  The event is free, but please book in advance.  To book please follow this link: CBA West Midlands AGM booking

Saturday 21st September 2019: AGM (2.00pm) followed by Annual Lecture (2.30pm).  The Society’s Annual General Meeting for 2019 will be held at 2.00pm on Saturday 21st September in the Council Chamber at the Shirehall, Shrewsbury.  Our Annual Lecture this year, which follows the AGM at 2.30pm, will be given by Heather Sebire, of the English Heritage Trust, who will be talking on ‘The restoration of the Iron Bridge’.  In autumn 2017, English Heritage embarked on the largest conservation project in its history, preserving for the future the Iron Bridge, Coalbrookdale.  After surrounding the bridge with scaffolding and protective covering, a team of experts began their conservation work.  The cast iron elements were repaired, the masonry conserved, the deck resurfaced, and the entire structure was cleaned and repainted in its original red-brown colour.  Heather Sebire, Property Curator at English Heritage, will be telling us the fascinating story of this important restoration project.  At the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND

Download the Summer Programme here: Summer Programme 2019