Blandford Museum Archaeology Group
Aims of the Group
- Provide a community focus for those interested in archaeology in the Blandford area.
- Inform those interested in archaeology through lectures, discussions, circulars and visits.
- Organise archaeological investigations to explore local archaeology
- Support Blandford Museum through mutual aim of informing the local community on archaeological matters
- Raise awareness on local and wider archaeological issues
- Support archaeology in the local and wider areas
We are always delighted to welcome new members to the group at a cost of £10 per year which gives membership to the Blandford Museum. Visitors are most welcome to our monthly lectures (voluntary donation appreciated).
Chairman: John Earley
Secretary: Edrys Lupprian
Treasurer: Gisela Pauley
Events: Di Hankins
Members: Dave Stewart, Sheila Chapman, Rex Badgley, Gerald Killingworth, Marianne Shelley Sally Woodlock,
Activities of the Group
- Monthly Lectures
There is a lecture on the third Thursday of the month from September to May all at 7.30pm in the Blandford Museum. We welcome both members of the group, members of the museum and members of the public to our lectures. There is a cost of £4 for those who are not members of the Museum and a donation from members.
The programme for 2020-2021
Sadly our lectures have stopped during the pandemic but we are able to join our sister groups od Shaftesbury District Archaeology Group and East Dorset Antiquarian Society for their monthly meetings via Zoom. The committee is working on a programme for Autumn 2021 and we hope to be able to resume our lectures but we will need to adhere to social distancing advice.
- Visits to Archaeological Sites
In June we try to organise a trip to a local archaeological site. We have been to Martin Green’s amazing museum and had a guided tour of different archaeological finds on the farm. Visits have also taken place to the Bournemouth University Summer Dig sites. Plans for this year have been curtailed by the Covid restrictions.
Visit to Down Farm, Wimborne St Giles excavation of the cursus ditch, June 2019
- Archaeological Projects
In the summer months we try to join in or organise a local archaeological project but again plans for this year have been curtailed by the Covid restrictions.
We were able to organise a short field walking project at a farm at Durweston, in February, many thanks to George Hosford and Dougal Hosford for permission to walk their field. We discovered significant accumulations of burnt flint along with some Bronze Age flint scrapers, suggesting a well used activity site from that era. Analysis of the finds is being worked on and results will be made known to the group.
It is hoped we can organise a number of field walking projects in the Blandford area looking for prehistoric activity to build a picture of how the land was used before the Romans came.
Fieldwalking at Durweston Farm, February 2020
b) Tarrant Valley History and Archaeology Project
There is also a plan to develop a project researching the history of the Tarrant Valley. Following a talk by Dr Antony Firth on Investigating the History and Archaeology of the River Stour, it has been suggested that we might as a group carry out a similar investigation of the River Tarrant. This would involve researching sites and buildings along its 12 kilometre length from the source at Stubhampton right through to Tarrant Crawford where it joins the Stour, interrogating maps, photographs including aerial and any other available information such as Lidar. Such an investigation would be a major undertaking and would require a good number of enthusiastic participants each covering specific interest areas. Please register your interest and enthusiasm with Di Hankins who would lead on this project.
- Annual Quiz
In January we have our fund raising quiz which is well attended so book your table early! Media star and archaeologist Julian Richards is our quiz master who has to manage a lively evening with a firm hand. A fish and chip supper is included in the price of a ticket and there are a variety of prizes available in the raffle.
We are always delighted to hear from people of any age interested in archaeology. Do please get in touch.
For further information contact our Secretary Edrys at [email protected]