Dr Tony Rook together with his wife Merle Rook founded the organisation in 1960 after the discovery of Roman tiles being dumped on a spoil-heap during the construction of a motorway. Rescuing tiles led to the discovery of Dicket Mead Roman Villa. WAS challenged the local authorities and were able to preserve the remains of the Roman baths in a steel vault 30ft under the A1(M) motorway in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. The baths are open to the public every day during Herts school holidays from 14:00 to 17:00 or (dusk if earlier), and outside school holiday periods at weekends and bank holidays 14:00 to 17:00 (or dusk if earlier). A full detailed account of the story was published by Tony Rook in ‘The Story of Welwyn Roman Baths’ 2002.
The Welwyn Archaeological Society is under the directorship of Dr Kris Lockyear, BA, MSc, PhD lecturer at University College London.
Today WAS continues as an active archaeological society, working on a variety of sites within Hertfordshire. As a member of WAS you are entitled to attend all lectures, receive newsletters, join the mailing list and be updated about upcoming surveying and excavations. By supporting WAS, you are supporting your local history and heritage and archaeological work going back some 40 years.
WAS Annual membership: £12-Single membership. £18-Family membership
For further enquiries:
Address: The Membership Secretary, Welwyn Archaeological Society, 8 School Lane, Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire. SG14 3SF.
Tel: 01920 830 798
You can follow the Welwyn Archaeological Society on Facebook. WAS Facebook Group