Meetings and Lectures

Our monthly lecture meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month from September to January, changing to the second Monday in the month from February 2024. They take place at Church Cottage, Church Square, Basingstoke, starting at 7:30 pm.

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 2023/2024 season are:

14th September

Dummer and beyond: exploring the evolution of a chakland village

Dr John Hare – Victoria County History

12th October

Tharaqa: Egypt’s Black Hero

Hilary Wilson MA, Southampton Ancient Egypt Society

9th  November

Stanchester Discoveries: Results from fieldwork at a Romano British site near Chilton Candover

Mark Peryer – BAHS

 14th December

Tools of the stone age: an introduction to the world of flint and stone tools.

Henning Wilkens

Thur 11th January

Every Day Life and Accidental Death in Sixteenth Century Hampshire

Professor Steven Gunn, Merton College, Oxford University

 Mon 12th Feb

Cerne Abbas – Playing with giant ideas: new evidence from excavations at the Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset

Dr Mike Allen, Allen environmental Archaeology

 Mon 11th March

Touchstones of the Past

David Hopkins, County Archaeologist, Hampshire County Council

 Mon 8th April

The Crossbones Graveyard, Southwark

Dr Lucy Coleman-Talbot

 Mon 13th May

Shaw House: 400 years of history

Sarah Somerville – Visitor Services Manager, Shaw House

 Mon 10th June

East Anglia and the arrival of the Anglo Saxons

David Whiter – BAHS

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