Discover Dorset's Hidden Gem

Local History Talks

Local History Talks




Mar 20 2024


End time is estimated
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


By the Wareham and District Archaeology and Local History Society

The Wareham and District Archaeology & Local History Society is a friendly group of like-minded people from all walks of life, who are brought together by our shared interest in archaeology, local history and heritage.  The society offers a diverse lecture programme of ten monthly meetings, from September through to June each year. Their speakers vary from university lecturers to world-renowned authorities.  They also organise visits and guided walks during the summer months.

Find out more about the Society on the Love It Local Community Pages 

All talks will be at the Furzebrook Village Hall, Wareham from 7.30 pm.

Everyone is welcome. Members FREE. Visitors £3

For further details contact Karen by email or phone 01305 812876

Here’s the upcoming talks from January – May 2024.

17th January
Worgret Army Camp, WW1 and beyond – Neill Child

At the outbreak of the ‘Great War’, Wareham became the home of one of the biggest military camps in Dorset, with over 7000 men stationed there. It was used for training new recruits, and included a hospital, chapel, and theatre. Regiments from Yorkshire, Lancashire Australia and New Zealand were housed there.

21st February
Rebel with a Cause – Grahame Knott

Paul Meyer, a U.S. Air Force assistant crew chief stationed at RAF Mildenhall, got drunk, impersonated an officer and took off from the flight line in it once early morning, planning to fly back home to Virginia to see his wife. Not long after take off, the plane disappeared from radar over the English channel. Did it simply crash or was he shot down? Grahame found the wreck and unravels the story.

20th March
The Durotriges Project -Miles Russell

Continued investigations into Iron Age Dorset 2021-3

In the most recent three seasons of work at Winterborne Kingston, two later Bronze Age settlement enclosures and a Late Iron Age banjo enclosure have been examined; the latter producing significant amounts of evidence for occupation and burial activity. This talk will assess the new discoveries and outline what they mean for understanding life in Dorset before the Romans.

April 17th
Adventures in Archaeology – Paul Cheetham

Highlights from 41 years of finding things beneath the ground

Paul will be talking about some of his most interesting and exciting archaeological projects across Britain and abroad; including some local sites which are still ongoing projects.

May 15th
Dorset Workhouses – Luke Mourland

‘Kill me sooner than take me there’ implores Betty Higden in the Dickens’ novel “Our Mutual Friend’. Even today, the Victorian workhouse still inspires powerful images of fear and hardship in the contemporary consciousness. But what evidence do we have that life in the ‘Union’ was really so dire? This tak by Luke Mouland draws on stories from a number of Dorset’s workhouses to explore this theme and examines how even the design of the workhouse itself was intended to deter the needy from seeking refuge within.



Wareham and District Archaeology and Local History Society
Wareham and District Archaeology and Local History Society
01305 812876



Furzebrook Village Hall
Furzebrook Village Hall
Furzebrook Rd, Furzebrook, Wareham BH20 5AR

Scroll to Top