Meetings and Lectures

Our monthly lecture meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month from September to June, usually at Church Cottage, Church Square, Basingstoke, starting at 7:30 pm.

For the time being we are also making the lectures available via Zoom so that members have the option of joining from home.

Finding Church Cottage

Church Cottage is a Tudor building tucked away behind St Michael’s Church in central Basingstoke.

Our lectures feature recent developments in Archaeology and Historical research, and are often delivered by recognised authorities on a specific topic. Recent speakers have included Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe, Julian Richards and Professor Chris Stringer. A selection of past lectures can be found here.

The meetings are open to anyone. For non society members there is a charge of £3 for admission which can be offset against membership subscription.

The planned lectures for the 2021/2022 season are:

9th September

Reconstructing the Sutton Hoo Ship

Julian Whitewright – Director, The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company

14th October

The Writing on the Wall – looking at the work and findings of the Hampshire Medieval Graffiti Project

Karen Wardley – Co-ordinator for the Hampshire Medieval Graffit Project

11th  November

Stanford in the Vale: A hidden past revealed

David Ashby – Researcher, University of Winchester

 9th December

The Cup that Cheers: tea before Victoria

Joy Pibworth – Historian and guide

 13th January

Fallen Women, Riots and Arguments: the stories of South View

Debbie Reavell, Basingstoke Heritage Society

 10th February

The Stonemason:the history of building Britain

Andrew Ziminski, Stone Mason, Minerva Stone Conservation Ltd

 10th March

The Boxford Mosaic – a Marvellous Mythical Mythtery!

Lindsey Bedford, The Berkshire Archaeology Research Group

 14th April

The Archaeology of the Meon Valley

Kay Ainsworth, Archaeologist and formerly of the Hampshire Museums Service

 12th May

The World of Stonehenge

Dr Neil Wilkin, Curator, Early Europe (Neolithic and Bronze Age Collections)  British Museum

 9th June

Hard stone, hard labour? – Post-medieval sarsen stone quarrying in southern England

Katy Whitaker, Historic England and PhD student

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