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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.

WINTER MEETINGS   2016 - 2017

26 September 2016

Dr. Alex Smith:  Settlement in Roman Britain

A major new research is currently underway at the University of Reading, drawing upon data from largely un-tapped ‘grey literature’ and marrying it with published material to significantly improve our understanding of the Romano-British countryside.

This talk will discuss the progress of this project to date, especially as it relates to southern Britain, revealing exciting new patterns emerging in areas such as settlement, agriculture and ritual practices.

The Bernard Rawes Annual Lecture


10 October 2016

Paul Barnett: The Purton Ships Graveyard

Ongoing research has established that the final resting place of 81 vessels located 1.5km to the north of Sharpness New Dock entrance is the largest of its kind in the UK. The distinct layers include ocean going schooners, Severn Trows, Wich Barges, revolutionary concrete lighters and extremely rare Stroudwater and Kennet  barges.


07 November 2016

Dr. Peter Warry, Treasures in the Basement – what the building material in the museum store tells us about Roman Gloucester

Peter Warry will share his findings of the examination of nearly 2 tonnes of building material from excavations of Gloucester undertaken during the last 30 years. What was left behind by the Romans and how it got there; its condition; how Gloucester compares with other sites. In some cases the tiles are stamped with the town councils mark and in some cases the names of the councillors as well. These are unique not just within Roman Britain but within the Roman world


05 December 2016

Vix Hughes: Pots, kilns and wells at Longford

Ten years after Wessex Archaeology carried out an evaluation at the site, OA carried out a full excavation ahead of renewed house building at Longford, Gloucester.

The site showed Bronze Age and Iron Age activity. In the early Roman period the area enclosed was reduced and two pottery kilns were constructed.  In addition to the kilns there were two substantial stone-lined wells and an intriguing pit with pot bases placed on a layer of clay. The shift in focus might reflect the establishment of the fort and settlement at Glevum, which started around AD 49 with the first fort built, and the later legionary fort built AD 64-66.


16 January 2017

Dr. Tom Moore: Examining the birth of a capital: new research at the Iron Age ‘oppidium of Bagendon, Gloucestershire

Many know Bagendon as the Late Iron Age capital of the Dobunni, but what do really know of the purpose of this centre? New research and excavations provide tantalising evidence of how this site emerged and its role in the Late Iron Age. Focusing on the results of a long term field project undertaken at the complex (which has included large-scale geophysics and the excavation of two Mid-Late Iron Age enclosures and a small Roman villa) this talk will examine the development and role of the Bagendon ‘oppidum’. This work will be used to reassess the nature of the Late Iron Age in the southern Cotswolds and how this centre continued to be a focus of power in the Roman province.


6 February 2017

Prof. Chris Dyer: Pinbury in Duntisbourne Rouse: when is a medieval village not a village?

The investigation of a single medieval village can tell us much about general issues in the study of medieval settlements. How do we find a lost village and investigate its form and plan? Why is it an advantage to use both archaeological and written sources? How did the village begin and how did it connect with its early medieval, Roman and prehistoric predecessors? How did the village make use of the surrounding countryside and how did the villagers interact among themselves and their lords? How and why was the village abandoned? Studying one village can extend our understanding of the development of the countryside in general, and over a long period.


20 February 2017

Members meetings


06 March 2017

Amanda Hart: Stone Age to Corinium

The Corinium Museum has embarked on an exciting new project and has been successful in securing first stage support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The aims are to create a museum that is more relevant to today’s communities, maximising on the building spaces, enhancing the visitor journey through reinterpretation and improved access, and working with new partners to produce a vibrant programme of archaeology related events and activities, which will help to make the museum more resilient and sustainable.

Corinium Museum, Cirencester

3 April 2017

Annual General Meeting.

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

Meetings Secretary,

Jeannette Kirkpatrick


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