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.

From Nero to Cromwell, and Beyond

Celebrating 50 years of discovery in North Hampshire.

We are holding a conference on the 2nd July at the Sherfield Park Community Centre. Proceedings will start at 9:30 am and will be followed by a lunch and some celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the BAHS. Our speakers will be:

  • Professor Mike Fulford CBE- Reading University
    •  Silchester: Reflections on the last 50 years
  • David Hopkins- Hampshire County Archaeologist
    • People and place, the story of Basingstoke’s Archaeology
  • Alan Turton- Author and military historian
    • Hunting the Golden Calf: 375 years of treasure hunting and archaeology at Basing House

Tickets are £20 and include lunch and a years membership of the society, but must be booked in advance using the booking form.

Society Lecture Meetings

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

For those of you who have missed lectures, there are some archived recordings on our YouTube channel which can be found here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG1s6z3dZQoUMHEMhMl6MkQ

The final lecture in our 2021/2022 season will be at 7:30 pm on Thursday 9th June after our AGM. Katy Whitaker of Historic England will be talking about her research into the post medieval quarrying of Sarsen.

Please note that this lecture will be held live in Church Cottage. There is no Zoom option planned.

Hard Stone, Hard Labour

Post-Medieval Sasen quarrying in southern England

Katy Whitaker, Historic England

Finding Church Cottage and more about our lectures.

Registered Charity No: 1000263

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