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 2017-18:
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, Shrewsbury 2.30pm, The Shirehall, Shrewsbury.
Saturday 11th November 2017 “LiDAR and the medieval landscape of Attingham Park and its surroundings”. A talk by Dr Nigel Baker. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a remote sensing technology that uses a pulsed laser beam to measure ranges (variable distances) to the earth. It can provide highly detailed and accurate models of the land surface and provides archaeologists with the capability to recognise and record otherwise hard to detect features. In this talk Dr Baker will show how LiDAR can reveal elements in the historic landscape in Attingham and the surrounding area. 2.30pm, The Shirehall, Shrewsbury
Saturday 2nd December 2017: Winter Social Event The Isle, Bicton, Saturday 2nd December 2.15pm.. The Society’s Winter Social Event will be held at The Isle House, Isle Lane Bicton, by kind permission of Edward and Ros Tate. The Isle House was the home of generations of the Sandford family. The house is located at the end of Isle Lane running from the Four Crosses junction on B4380. A historical discussion and light refreshments will be included in the visit. The cost will be £5.00 per head. Advance booking please to David Pannett, Merton, Shepherds Lane, Bicton, Shrewsbury, SY3 8BT, or Telephone: 01743 850773 or book here: Winter Social Event booking
Saturday 13th January 2018 “William Hazledine and John Simpson – Telford’s right hand men”. A talk by Andrew Pattison. This talk will explore the contribution of Ironmaster William Hazledine and Builder and Architect John Simpson who were so instrumental in realising Telford’s, and others’ plans and designs 2.30pm, The Shirehall, Shrewsbury
Saturday 10th February 2018 “Samuel More – Hero or Villain?”. A talk by Nick Marshall. Samuel More was a member of Shropshire’s landed gentry whose father, Richard, was Master of the Linley estate and MP for Bishop’s Castle from 1640. Samuel is best known for his staunch defence of Hopton Castle for the Parliamentary cause in 1644, a siege which came to an horrific end… but there is another story attached to him, one which remained a mystery until 1959 when a chance discovery in the archives of Linley Hall brought it to light. 2.30pm, The Shirehall, Shrewsbury
Saturday 10th March 2018 “Child Poverty in Victorian Shropshire”. A talk by Dr Jeff Sumbler. Following a career in education, Dr Sumbler completed his Phd at Keele on this subject based on extensive research at Shropshire Archives and the National Archives. The talk will reflect his interest in the support and education of disadvantaged children. 2.30pm, The Shirehall, Shrewsbury
Saturday 14th April 2018 Shropshire Victoria County History update. Dr Judith Everall will be giving an update on progress with the research and publications of the Shropshire Victoria County History, as well as looking ahead to future developments. 2.30pm, The Shirehall, Shrewsbury
Download the Winter Programme here: Winter programme 2017-18