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 1970 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.

Drunkards, Thieves and Rioters

We are excited to announce the publication of our latest local history book – ‘Drunkards, Thieves and Rioters and the Basingstoke Police 1836-1889′ by Bob Clarke.

Drunkards, Thieves and Rioters describes a window of 50 years in Basingstoke’s history when the Borough had its own police force. Established in 1836 and absorbed into the Hampshire Constabulary in 1889, the Basingstoke Borough Police dealt with the crime, criminals and social challenges of their day. As well as drunkards, thieves and rioters, the police had to cope with other ne’er-do-wells including the bungling burglar of Basingstoke, the cork-legged swindler, assorted wild women and feral kids. No wonder that of the 45 policemen who left the force before 1889, 13 were dismissed for drunkenness. Included is a transcription of the Police Superintendent’s diary from 1853 to 1857 enhanced with a backstory based on contemporary newspaper reports.

The book will be officially launched at the Willis Museum on 24th November and will be available from the society and local museums and bookshops shortly afterwards. The book will retail at £10.

Society Lecture Meetings

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

Our next meeting is on 10th December, when we will be holding our Christmas Social. As well as the seasonal treats we shall have a presentation from Mark Peryer to update us on the latest from the Dig Basing project.

Dig Basing – An Update, And Our Current Thoughts

Mark Peryer

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 10th December 2015 at Church Cottage, starting at 7.30 pm

Finding Church Cottage and more about our lectures.

Registered Charity No: 1000263

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