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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.

Matters of Life and Death

January 24, 2019

The next WAS lecture is the intriugingly named “Matters of Life and Death: Demography and Society in Lower-Middle Palaeolithic Europe.”  Our speaker is Dr Jennifer French from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.  This should be a fascinating talk, and we looking forward to seeing you there.

United Reformed Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City (opposite Sainsbury’s in the town centre), January 25th, 7.45pm.

The Etruscans

December 11, 2018

Our next talk on December 14th is “The not-so-mysterious Etruscans” by Dr Corinna Riva of the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Corinna, Ellen and I undertook some geophysical survey at the city of Vulci in 2016 and 2018 and had a chance to visit some of the spectacular remains.  This should be a great talk on the archaeology of this fascinating group.

The meeting will be preceded by drinks and nibbles.  We have permission to start a little bit early, so there is time to mingle and enjoy a mince pie or two (or three) before the talk starts.  Doors will be open by 19:15 and there will be the usual tea and coffee and some mulled wine and nice things to nibble.  If you can please bring something to share, that would be lovely.  Please drop Ellen a line to let her know what you are planning to bring.

CBA Marsh Awards

December 1, 2018

Kris, Peter, Ruth (all from WAS) and Jim West (from the Chess Valley Archaeological and Historical Society) all went to York for the CBA Archaeology Day.


Although the Mapping Verulamium project did not win the prize, being in the top three was a great achievement.  Congratulations to all those who have worked on the survey with CAGG, both from WAS and the many other societies involved.  All, congratulations to the team from Woking who won the 2018 award.

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