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.
Summer Programme 2017: Please follow the link for our programme of events for summer 2017 – SAHSoc summer meetings 2017
Saturday 8th April 2017: “Horsa, Hamilcar, Hotspur & Hadrian – Shropshire’s Contribution to the Development of Airborne Forces During WWII” A talk by Dr Tim Jenkins, Visiting Professor of History & Archaeology at the University of Chester and Programme Manager for the University Centre Shrewsbury. Tim is a self-confessed ‘prac-ademic’ combining academic research with professional heritage management skills to explore new historical perspectives within the context of the built environment. Following completing a Ph.D at the University of Birmingham he has worked extensively in the disciplines of history and heritage incorporating broad research interests which include historic aircraft conservation and British manufacturing. 2.30pm, The Shirehall, Shrewsbury.
Saturday 13th May 2017 “Crossing the Ceiriog routes ancient and modern”. Led by David Pannett. A circular walk exploring the varied engineering works involved in taking road, canal and railway routes across the Ceiriog valley finishing at The Hand Hotel for tea (lunches also available beforehand) Meet at the hotel at 2.15pm. Cost £4.00. Please book in advance here: Ceiriog valley booking or at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01743 850773. (A torch for the canal tunnel would be useful)
Saturday 10th June 2017: Corfton and Diddlebury. Meet at the Sun Inn car park, Corfton on the B4368 1 mile west of Diddlebury at 2.00pm. (Drinks, lunches snacks etc. available for anyone who wants to arrive beforehand.) Walk round Lower Corfton – linear migration of settlement; C19 estate cottages; C18 former Rectory; medieval ring-work and site of chapel. Then by car to Diddlebury – park at Village Hall for visit to Church – important Anglo-Saxon survivals. Full visit notes will be provided. Cost £3.00
Saturday 8th July 2017: Montgomery Castle. A visit to Montgomery Castle led by Paul Belford, Director of the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust. The building of Montgomery Castle was begun by Henry III in 1223 and it was given to Hubert de Burgh in 1228. It was held by the Mortimers in the 14th century. The castle was later slighted on the order of Parliament after the Civil War. Meet at Montgomery Castle car park (SO 221 965) at 2.00pm. Cost £3.00.
Saturday 23rd September 2017: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. 2.00pm, The Shirehall, Shrewsbury, to be followed at 2.30pm with a talk by Dr Sarah Thursfield: “I was naked and you clothed me”. Clothing the poor was an act of medieval charity and later the responsibility of parish overseers. This talk will discuss the recipients, what they were given and how it was supplied, illustrated with replica garments from eighteenth- and nineteenth century sources.
Saturday 14th October 2017: A Thousand Years of Building with Stone – a talk by Dr Kate Andrew. Much awareness and knowledge of our stone-built heritage has been forgotten and lost over time, placing many buildings at risk which give particular character to our towns and villages. The “A Thousand Years of Building with Stone” project has aimed, where possible to reunite stone structures with the quarries that supplied their building material. Kate Andrew was formerly Shropshire County Council’s Curator of Natural History based at Ludlow Museum, and Principal Heritage Officer at Herefordshire Council. For the past four years Kate has been Project Manager for the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, managing the HLF funded “A Thousand Years of Building with Stone“project. 2.30pm at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND.