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The Archaeology of Wheathampstead

July 17, 2018

Tomorrow’s lecture at the Wheathampstead History Society is by Simon West and is entitled The Archaeology of Wheathampstead. A quarter century of highlights.  It should be an interesting talk.


The conference is this weekend

July 9, 2018

Book your tickets now!

Conference update

May 25, 2018

The programme for the conference is now available.   Tickets are £15 (£13 for WAS members with a discount code) from the Rhodes Art Complex, Bishop’s Stortford, either through the web or by phone (01279 710 200).

The Roman Archaeology of the Nene Valley

April 18, 2018

Dr Stephen Upex’s lecture was cancelled in March due to snow.  It will now be held on Friday 20th April at 7.45 in the United Reformed Church’s hall, Welwyn Garden City.  I hope many of you can attend what will, I’m sure, be a fascinating talk.

Funeral details

April 7, 2018

We have the details of the funeral for Jon Wimhurst who died 26th March 2018. He was a member of the society for over 25 years and will be fondly remembered by many of you.

It will be held on Tuesday 17th April, at Harwood Park Crematorium, (Watton Road, Stevenage  SG2 8XG) at 11.00. We are planning to arrange refreshments afterwards at a local pub.

If any of you would like to join us please let me know, so we know the number to cater for.

Best wishes

Clare Lewis  (


We have decided to have the wake at Tony Rook’s house, 23 Mill Lane, Welwyn.  Please let us know if you are planning to come.

Jon Wimhurst (right) and John Bright (left) at Lower Rivers Field in 2009.

Sad news

March 26, 2018

Many members will remember Jon Wimhurst who joined the Society in 1993. Jon has been suffering from heart problems over the last year, and sadly passed away this morning at the Lister Hospital.

Jon was for many years one of our active diggers, joining Tony on many excavations.  More recently, he was one of the Society’s members who helped with the geophysical surveys at Verulamium, Ashwell End and other sites.

Jon studied at Imperial, and then worked for British Aerospace.  He moved into his cottage in Bassus Green, near Walkern, in the 1960s.  Since he retired, he was active in the Workers Educational Association, organising many of their courses, as well as his work with WAS and CAGG.  He will be much missed.

Jon had no immediate family, and we are unsure what arrangements had been made.  We will let members know when we have any further information.

Jon at the WAS Christmas Party.


Film night (and BTW its our AGM…)

March 15, 2018

This Friday sees the WAS film night.  Members of UCL’s Filming Antiquity project will be showing two silent movies from the 1950s of excavations at Verulamium.  The first shows the lifting and conservation of a mosaic, and the second the excavation and story of the timber buildings in Insula XIV.  These films have recently been digitised and this is the first time they have been shown publicly for many years.

The AGM will precede the films and should be quite short.

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