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.

However, with the Covid situation at least our September and October lectures will be held virtually, and details will be sent out to members nearer the time. The lecture programme listed on this page represents the current plan, it may change as the situation develops.

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 2020/2021 season are:

10th September

Land of the White Horse

David Miles – Former Chief Archaeologist for English Heritage

8th October

Stanchester, So Far

Mark Peryer – BAHS

12th  November

Rediscovering Hyde Abbey

David Spurling – Trustee, Hyde900 Community Project

 10th December

Ocean in Basingstoke, Serapis in Winchester: discovery and re-discovery of Roman gods in Hampshire

Dr John Pearce – King’s College, London

14th January

A Nation in Crisis – the Stephen and Matilda Wars 1135-1154

Don Bryan, Independent Historian

11th February

Settlement and Agriculture at Milton Heights: archaeological discoveries at Milton Heights, Oxfordshire

Susan Porter, MOLA

11th  March

Traditional Houses of the Worthy Villages

Bill Fergie – Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust

8th April

Building Winchester Cathedral’s ‘Kings and Scribes’ Exhibition – archaeological discoveries

Dr John Crook, Archaeological consultant and buildings historian

13th May

A royal precursor to Windsor Castle? Excavations at Old Windsor in the 1950s: the excavator, the archive and the future

Roland Smith, Berkshire Archaeology

10th June

The Influence of the Church on the Emergence of North Hampshire Towns

Derek Spruce, Local Historian

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