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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. 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.  


 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.





Saturday 18 June


Following the successful visit to Caerleon last year, Tim Copeland will this year give us a guided tour of the famous three castles.  The impressive and surprisingly complete remains of White Castle, Skenfrith Castle and Grosmont Castle lie in remote and beautiful countryside between Ross-on-Wye and Abergavenny.  The stone structures that survive today are built on the sites of early Norman earth and timber castles which were upgraded by Hubert de Burgh in the early 13th century.  As well as their defensive function, they served as lordly residences and for many years were royal possessions.   Tim will explain how to interpret the castle remains and go into their complicated history.  The plan is that we will visit two of the sites in the morning and then there will be a stop for lunch in Garway, followed by the third castle at Grosmont.  If time allows, we will continue to Longtown, to see the equally impressive remains of the castle there.  Because of the narrowness of the lane that gives access to White Castle, we will be restricted to a 20-seat coach, so please make your booking early to avoid disappointment.

 The cost for the trip will be £22.50 per person; there may additionally be a charge of £3 (or £2.25 concession) per person for entry to White Castle, but the other sites are free.

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 13 May.  Please make cheques payable to Gloucestershire Archaeology.

Pick up by Bennett's Coaches will be 8.00am from St Georges Road, Cheltenham, and 8.25am from Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester.  Return to Gloucester should be by 7.30pm and to Cheltenham 8.00pm.  

We will stop at the excellent Garway Moon Inn for lunch and those who book for the trip will be sent a menu from which to choose in advance to ensure speedy service.

But bring a packed lunch if you would prefer to do so.



 1 June

  Churn Valley Churches

Three notable village churches are located along the Churn valley between Seven Springs and Cirencester: Baunton, with its 15th century wall painting of St Christopher; North Cerney, a beautifully restored church with splendid Norman features; and the early 16th century church at Rendcomb with stained glass and other features recalling the famous church at Fairford.  Steven Blake of the Gloucestershire Local History Association will be our expert guide.  

Meet at 7.00pm at Baunton church.  (NB. As at this stage it is possible that one of the churches may have to be substituted, please call me on 01242-463696 if you are intending to come.)


 17 July

 WWII Defence Lines at Hinton Charterhouse, Somerset

This visit, led by Dr Philip Rowe, follows his fascinating and well-attended lecture to GlosArch on 1 February.  The visible remains of the defences lie in woodland reached across fields and stiles and  the walk will cover about 2 kms.  

Philip needs us to assemble by 10.30am and because of the distance (60 miles) and restrictions on parking, the visit will require some coordination, therefore I would like anybody interested in coming to contact me directly (m.milward1@yahoo.co.uk or by phone 01242 463696) and we can make appropriate arrangements.



25th September

Visit the Archaeoscan excavation at Hanging Hill.

 In the afternoon  Tony Roberts will kindly show us the excavation at Hanging Hill before it closes for the season.

The site is East of Upton Cheyney, South Gloucestershire. Uphill from the pub in Upton Cheyney (The Upton Inn), Manor Farm shop is on the left. Just past the Farm shop is a right hand turn called Lansdown Lane. It is a no through lane but follow  it all the way up as far as you can ( 1 mile) and park in the field at the very end on the left. We will meet you there and take you to site. Post code BS30 6NF. Arrive by 2.00pm.


Wednesday 16 November


King’s Walk Bastion in Gloucester city centre

Andrew Armstrong, the Gloucester City Archaeologist, will show us the King's Walk Bastion, an impressive medieval addition to a length of intact Roman wall buried beneath the King's Walk shopping centre. Because this fascinating relic of Gloucester's distant past has been flooded for decades, it has been inaccessible, but it has been pumped out to go on display.

Meet at 5.00pm at the King’s Square end of King’s Walk covered mall, outside Costa Coffee. Numbers will be limited to 14 - first come, first served

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.

Cia Mason, Project Officer with Wessex Archaeology will be giving the Eddie Price Memorial Lecture, entitled

Hucclecote Roman Villa, excavations 1936 - 2014.


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

Meetings Secretary,

Jeannette Kirkpatrick


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