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Christmas Party

December 3, 2017

The 42nd WAS Christmas Party at 23, Mill Lane, Welwyn will be held on December 16th at 8pm.  The first party at Mill Lane was held on the 24th January 1976.   Cost is £7. Please Kris, Claire or Ellen know if you wish to come.  The cost includes drink (wine or soft drinks) and a wide variety of nibbles.

23 Mill Lane is one of the oldest houses in Welwyn, recently dendro dated to 1475.


Tony Rook has lived at 23 Mill Lane since 1975.

23 Mill Lane, Welwyn.


Medieval Wheathampstead

November 26, 2017

Our next lecture, and the last for 2017, is by Mike Smith on Exploring the Medieval Manor of Wheathampstead.  Mike is a member of our sister organisation, the Wheathampstead History Society, as well as an active member of the Community Archaeology Geophysics Group.  Mike’s research combines historical, place name and map evidence to reconstruct the Manor of Wheathampstead, which was owned by Westminster Abbey.

Tickets for our Christmas party will also be on sale.  The party will be at 23 Mill Lane, Welwyn on the 16th December, and the tickets cost £7.

Ancient Egypt, Israel and the Bible. Faith and the archaeological evidence

November 3, 2017

Our next talk is by Peter Clayton on November 17th, 7.45pm at the United Reformed Church, Welwyn Garden City.  Peter was formally Honorary President of the Society until he stepped down with the suggestion that Tony Rook should be elected to that role.  Peter is also chair of the Berkhamsted and District Archaeological Society, and served on the Treasure Committee for many years.  This is the 26th lecture that Peter has given to the Society, a total that surely can only be exceeded by Tony, and only then if we include his yearly reports as Director.  This will be a fascinating lecture so be sure not to miss it.

As always, if anyone is able to put up posters for the talk, please contact me for a PDF file or hard copies.

Uncivilised genes

October 31, 2017

The next lecture on Friday 3rd November is by Gus Milne.  Gus has spoken to us many times before, often on his work in London where he worked for the Museum of London Archaeological Service for many years, or on maritime topics including the excellent CitiZAN project which is recording the tidal archaeology of Britain.  This time, however, Gus is talking about his latest book, Uncivilised Genes. says:

In ‘Uncivilised Genes: Human Evolution and the Urban Paradox’, Gustav Milne explores how we can reconfigure our lifestyles and urban environments, based on an understanding of our prehistoric past, in order to bring about a richer future for mankind.

Join us for what should prove a fascinating evening.

As always, if anyone can put up posters, please let me know.


Excavations at Ware

October 7, 2017

Our next lecture, on the 20th October 2017, looks at the Roman small town at Ware. Many excavations have taken place on the settlement, which lies on the site of the Glaxo-Smith-Kline factory, but only a few have been published. The lecture looks at the results of these excavations, and the current work being undertaken to bring them to publication.

The 2017-2018 lecture season is about to begin

September 18, 2017

The Society’s new lecture season starts on the 6th October with Professor Liz Graham speaking on “All the latest dirt! A new look at archaeology, soil, and agriculture.”  Liz has been working in Belize for many years, and has spoken to the Society before. She is author of the book “Maya Christians and their churches in sixteenth-century Belize” as well as many other articles.  The meeting starts at 7.45 in the United Reformed Church hall, Welwyn Garden City town centre.  Subs for 2017/18 are now due and can be paid at the meeting.


Tom Williamson

February 15, 2017

We have Tom Williamson coming to talk to WAS on Friday 24th. Tom is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and author of a great many books. He wrote The Origins of Hertfordshire which was published in two editions, as well as co-authoring The Landscape of Hertfordshire with Anne Rowe, and Dury and Andrews’ Map of Hertfordshire by Andrew Macnair, Anne Rowe and Tom. He will be speaking on Reading Hertfordshire’s Landscape: Dury and Andrews and beyond.

The meeting starts at 7.45pm and costs £3 for non-members. The University of Hertfordshire Press will have a bookstall.



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