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The first Britons?

November 3, 2019

This lecture is sponsored by The Prehistoric Society.

Our next talk on November 15th is The First Britons? Mesolithic evidence from Starr Carr by Don Henson.  Prehaps the most famous mesolithic site in Britain, this should be a fascinating talk about recent work at the site.  Don will be bringing replicas of some of the famous artefacts from the site for us to examine.


An Introduction to Experimental Archaeology

October 31, 2019

Chris Martin-Taylor will be providing an introduction to Experimental Archaeology this Friday, United Reformed Church, WGC.  Meeting starts at 7.45. Chris works for KDK Archaeology based in Leighton Buzzard.  Amongst other things, he has volunteered in the construction of Guédelon Castle in France, which is being built using only historically accurate tools and construction methods.  This should be a fascinating talk.

Talking torcs: the technology of Iron Age gold

October 2, 2019

The first lecture of the 2019/2020 season is almost upon us. Tessa Machling and Roland Williamson will be showing us the technology behind Iron Age bling! Tessa showed us the chocolate versions earlier this year. Do come and get this season off to a great start, and don’t forget your subs are due.

A very successful day

July 1, 2019

The Verulamium conference held last Saturday was very successful.  About 140 people attended, including many WAS members.  Many thanks to those members who looked after the display during the breaks.  Our new roller-banner looked great on the main stage balancing the one from our co-hosts, the Arc and Arc.

Many thanks to Caroline Howkins for supplying the images below.


June 27, 2019

This Saturday sees the conference on “Verulamium: Life and Death of a Roman City” being held in St Albans.  The conference is completely sold out, but I will post a report here, and we are hoping to publish it. Many of our members are attending, and I am looking forward to meeting you all there.


June 17, 2019

The Wheathampstead History Society’s next talk is by Kate Harwood and is entitled O’Connorville: Hertfordshire’s Chartist Land Colony, 1847. I have heard a shorter version of this talk, and it is a fascinating tale of good intentions gone wrong.  The talk is this Weds (19th June) in the Mead Hall, Wheathampstead.

Verulamium conference 29/06/2019

April 17, 2019

Tickets for this conference are selling quickly.  Please see the “2019 Conference” tab for details and how to buy a ticket.

The Roman Empire — Off limits

March 3, 2019

The next WAS lecture on the 8th March is by Sam Moorhead of the British Museum.  He is going to provide an outline of Roman activity in many of the most impressive sites in the Eastern Roman Empire that can no longer be visited.  He will discuss the changes that can be seen before and after damage and destruction from recent events as can be seen in satellite photographs,  as well as what he knows about these sites, what has happened to them, and how they historically linked to Britain.

The Pubs of Wheathampstead

February 22, 2019
Unfortunately, our speaker for this Friday has had to cancel due to a family emergency.  Stepping in at the last minute is Patrick McNeill of the Wheathampstead History Society, who will present a talk on pubs, ‘The Rise and Fall of the Pubs of Wheathampstead 1830-1914’. This should be a fun lecture — a bit of history and a local story. Please come to help show Patrick our appreciation.

Islands of Stone

January 29, 2019

Following Jennifer’s super talk last Friday, the next WAS lecture is sponsored by the Prehistoric Society, to whom we are very grateful.  Dr Duncan Garrow will be speaking about Islands of Stone: Neolithic crannogs in the Outer Hebrides.  The talk will be preceded by mulled wine and nibbles so do come along.  The meeting will start at 7.45pm in the United Reform Church hall, WGC (opposite Sainsbury’s in the town centre).  Visitors welcome.

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