The Basingstoke Archaeological and Historical Society is a charity whose aims are to promote the study and understanding of the Archaeology and History of Basingstoke and its surrounding area.

We were established in 1971 and have been actively involved in Archaeological and Historical research projects within the Basingstoke and North Hampshire area ever since. As well as practical project work, we also organise regular visits and tours to explore places of interest further afield.

Basingstoke Histories Vol.3

The latest volume in the Basingstoke Histories – The Basingstoke Volunteer Fire Brigade – by popular local author and social historian Bob Clarke will be published on November 12th. For more information and details of the introductory offer please visit the Basingstoke Volunteer Fire Brigade page.

Society Lecture Meetings

We hold monthly meetings from September to June each year, and these incorporate a lecture on a archaeological or historical topic.

Sadly, as a consequence of the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we are unable to meet at Church Cottage for the time being. However, we plan to resume our lecture series with virtual meetings, details of which will be sent out to members.

The next virtual lecture in our 2020/2021 season will be at 7:30 pm on Thursday 10th December when Dr John Pearce from King’s College, London will be talking about the recent PAS find of a Roman Ocean figure in the Basingstoke area and another similar find in a Winchester Garden that caused contention in a planning application.

Ocean in Basingstoke, Serapis in Winchester:

discovery and re-discovery of Roman gods in


Dr John Pearce – Senior Lecturer, King’s College, London

Finding Church Cottage and more about our lectures.

Registered Charity No: 1000263

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