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The CHAS lecture programme

Combined Hertfordshire Archaeological Societies (CHAS), Covid and zoom.

The CHAS lecture season for 2022-2023 has now been set.  The first lecture is on 3rd October 2022. 

Members of CHAS are:

  • The Welwyn Archaeological Society
  • The East Hertfordshire Archaeological Society
  • The North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society
  • The Norton Community Archaeology Group
  • The South-West Hertfordshire Archaeological and Historical Society
  • The Hertfordshire Association for Local History

CHAS lectures

Lectures as part of the CHAS series need to be booked via Eventbrite.  They are free, but we need to set a limit to the number of tickets available in order to keep the cost of the zoom licence to a reasonable level.  Please keep an eye on this page as new talks will be added as-and-when the details become available.

Monday 3rd October 2022: Garden Archaeology: the case of Bacon, Gorhambury and ‘scientific’ water gardens of the seventeenth century by Stephen Wass. [past event]

Monday 7th November 2022: Who Are you Calling Neanderthal? by Tim Reynolds. Tickets.

Monday 5th December 2022: A digger’s guide to medieval pottery by Jacqui Pearce. Tickets

Monday 2nd January 2023: The Windridge Farm Roman sling bullets: small clues to large events by John H. Reid.

Monday 6th February 2023: Excavations at The Grove, Watford (1999–2001) by Charles LeQuesne.

Monday 6th March 2023: Archaeology on the border: National Trust excavations at Smallhythe by Nathalie Cohen.

Monday 3rd April 2023 The East Herts Archaeological Society Gordon Moodey lecture: The Manor of the More, Rickmansworth by Heather Falvey

Past talks

Keith Fitzpatrick Matthews: King Arthur: man or myth?

Helen Gibson: Timber framed buildings of Hertfordshire and Essex.

Marion Hill, Hertfordshire and the Slave Trade.

John Duffy, LP and the archaeology of Bishop’s Stortford.

Dr Jarrod Burks, Hopewell Earthworks in Ohio, USA: Rediscovering Ancient (200 BC-AD 400) Monuments.

Katy Whitaker, The Origins of the Sarsen Megaliths at Stonehenge. 

Wendy Morrison, Beacons of the Past: our growing understanding of a Chilterns palimpsest. (Cancelled due to ill health.)

Sophie Adams, The Havering Hoard – a Late Bronze Age find baffling experts or bolstering opinions?

Professor Tom Williamson, Rendlesham in Context: topography and territory in early medieval East Anglia.

Kris Lockyear, Mapping Verulamium.

Graham Everett, Matthew Paris: a 13th century monk from St Albans Abbey.

James Wright, Buildings Archaeology: recording and analysing historic buildings.

Meredith Laing, Who were the potters of prehistory?

Angus Wainwright, Ashridge: a deep history hidden under the bracken.

Mark Hinman, Recent Excavations at Pirton, North Herts.

The HALH winter 2022 online lectures (completed)

The 2022 series has now finished.  We are intending, however, to hold a further series of talks in 2023.

12th January 2022, 7.30pm. Anne Rowe. Hamels, near Braughing, Hertfordshire.

9th February, 2022, 7.30pm. Kate Harwood, “In a rural state superior”: Panshanger Post Repton.

9th March, 2022, 7.30pm. Lee Prosser, Abbot Moote’s Great Barns around St Albans.

The HALH winter 2021 online lectures (completed)

Following the success of the online symposium, the HALH have decided to sponsor a series of three talks on local history in the County.  These meetings are free to all, and tickets are available from Eventbrite.  In the first instance, there are 100 places available.

20th January 2021, 8pm. Dr Elaine Saunders, Policing Hertfordshire before ‘The Police’.

17th February 2021, 8pm. Dr James Bettley FSA, ‘Few counties are as interesting as Herts’: revising Pevsner’s Hertfordshire.

17th March 2021, 8pm. Dr Alan Thomson, Hertfordshire’s health in the seventeenth century.

HALH Symposium 2020: the Country House at War (completed)

This symposium was run in collaboration with CHAS and was very popular.  We have left the programme here for information only.

Wednesday 4 November – Helen Fry, ‘Trent Park: Home of the Secret Listeners’

Wednesday 11 November – Alistair Hodgson, ‘Salisbury Hall and the de Havilland Aircraft company’

Wednesday 18 November – Roger Yapp, ‘Poles Apart: The story of Barnes Lodge, Kings Langley in World War 2’

Wednesday 25 November  – Des Turner, ‘The Special Operations Executive (SOE) at Aston House, the Frythe, Briggens and The Thatched Barn’

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