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Wareham and District Archaeology and Local History Society Talks and Events

Local History Talks

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 karen.brown68@btinternet.com or phone 01305 812876


Here’s the upcoming talks from June 2024 to January 2025!

19th June: Wareham’s Origins: Romans and Saxons

2000 years ago, activities centred on the Roman black burnishes ware pottery industry influenced occupation in what was to become Wareham. Through time this settlement influenced by the church and crown grew in size, status and importance, until it was the 4th largest town in 9th century England: and by 1066 was Dorset’s largest borough

September 18th Julian Richards and the WDALHS AGM

‘Stonehenge’ – What’s new? A decade of science and speculation’: In this talk archaeologist Julian Richards will look back on the last decade of research that has taken place at Stonehenge and its surrounding landscape. Discoveries have come and gone, claims to have ‘re-written the prehistory textbooks’ have proved to be unfounded and there are aspects of Stonehenge that still remain a wonderful mystery’

October 16th Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

The Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act: An introduction to the Portable Antiquities Scheme with examples and highlights from the finds recorded in Dorset.

November 20th Edrys Lupprain

A New Causewayed Enclosure for Dorset: An excavation in the Tarrant valley revealed that a possible Iron Age feature was, in fact, an Early Neolithic causewayed enclosure. The story of its discovery & importance of the site is explored in this lecture.

December 4th Nance Grace

New Investigations into the Cerne Giant: You think you know it all? Think again: Every year new information comes to light.

January 15th Pam White

Corfe Castle – ‘Earthing up the Butavant’: A phase in the 1282 Liberate Rolls of Edward I sets yet another puzzle in understanding the castle. Excavations have revealed a little, building archaeology some more but, combine both with the written word and an intriguing picture begins to immerge of the castle past and present.


Sep 18 2024


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




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


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

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