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In the winter months there are meetings in both Gloucester and Cheltenham on a wide range of archaeological and local history topics. These provide, for new and old members alike, the opportunity to learn more about the past. Visitors are always welcome at these meetings.


 WINTER MEETINGS   2016 - 2017


All meetings will be on Mondays and commence at 7.30 p.m.

GLOUCESTER meetings this year will take place in the Quaker Meeting House, about 50m  along Greyfriars St, (turn off Southgate St at St Mary de Crypt).  

Parking at Ladybellegate St, at Longsmith St,

free after 7pm

or CHELTENHAM: St. Andrews United Reformed Church, Garden Room, Montpellier Street, GL50 1SP.

Members £2.00 per meeting, non-members £3.00.  

Click here for maps giving directions.


 In the summer there is a programme of visits to sites of historical and archaeological importance. The summer programme is distributed in late February/early March with the Spring newsletter.  




Sunday 9 July.

Duropolis and Badbury

The name Duropolis has been coined by the excavators to describe an unprecedented discovery; a large unenclosed, undefended Iron Age settlement in Dorset.  The discovery changes traditional perceptions of the Late Iron Age and looks like dramatic confirmation of more recent ideas about the abandonment of hill forts.  The excavation featured on the cover of Current Archaeology of April 2016, and work will continue in 2017.  Gloucestershire Archaeology will visit the dig on their open day where we will be taken round the site by the Bournemouth University director who will show and explain the open trenches and all the finds.

The coach will then take us to Wimborne Minster where there is a good selection of pubs and cafes for lunch, and also the famous Minster church to see.  In the afternoon we will continue to nearby Badbury Rings, a prominent hill fort which offers yet more interpretations of the Late Iron Age.  Martin Papworth of the National Trust, who has been excavating at Chedworth Roman villa with dramatic results over the last couple of years, and who is also the author of “The Search for the Durotriges”, a major study of the Late Iron Age in Dorset, will meet us there and give us a tour of the hill, tell us what he and other excavators have found there and put the site into context within a landscape rich with archaeological features.

Pick up by Marchant's Coaches will be 7.30am from St George's Road, Cheltenham, and 7.55am from Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester.  Return to Gloucester should be by 8.00pm and to Cheltenham 8.30pm.  The cost for the trip will be £23.00 per person.

To book, send cheque to  M W Milward, 1 Chase View, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL52 3AL with a note stating how many people and where you will join the coach.


Closing date for booking is 12 June.  Please make cheques payable to Gloucestershire Archaeology.


Wed    24 May


               Tewkesbury Battlefield

The Tewkesbury Battlefield Society will provide a bespoke walk for Glosarch members around the site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury.  There are numerous battle-associated features to be seen, which can be aligned with written accounts of the conflict in a landscape which, in spite of subsequent building developments, still allows events to be reconstructed.



Meet at the Crescent in Church Street at 7 pm, plenty of parking nearby.

Tuesday 6 June

                    Town Tour of Tetbury

The Historic Society of Tetbury will kindly host our tour of the town, which is an historic market town with a wealth of Elizabethan and Jacobean buildings and an outstanding 18th century church, described as one of the best Georgian Gothic designs in the country.  The walk will take about 2 hours.

.Meet at 7pm at the  Chippings Carpark, 22 Chippings St, GL8 8ET (coming from Cirencester, turn left at the roundabout by the market hall and The Chippings carpark is 30m down on the right hand side).

Thursday 22 June

                            Cleeve Hill

Tim Copeland is the archaeological advisor to the Cleeve Common Board of Conservators.  He will show us some of the more interesting archaeological sites on the Common which has seen settlement and activity through all periods from the prehistoric through to the nineteenth century when Cheltenham racecourse was located there.  

Meet at 7pm at the carpark by the three masts.  If you don’t know the way to the three masts, the map below shows a route from the racecourse roundabout on the A435, marked by pink dots.  If you use a satnav, the postcode for the area of the three masts is GL54 4EU, but beware that that postcode covers the few farms nearby, so once you are on the lane on top of the hill, continue on to the end of the lane (the three masts are visible from a long way off) and don’t get diverted down any of the farm tracks.

It is advisable to contact the Meetings Secretary for the latest information:-  

Meetings Secretary,

Jeannette Kirkpatrick


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