Blandford Museum Archaeology Group
The Archaeology group was formed to provide a community focus for those interested in archaeology in the Blandford area. The main aim of the Group is to raise awareness of archaeology in the local and wider areas through lectures, discussions, circulars and local field visits and investigations. You can find out about some of our previous events and activities on our Blog Page.
Activities of the Group
We normally hold lectures from September to May on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at the Tabernacle. Everyone is welcome! Admission is £3 for those who are not members of the Museum, and a donation is appreciated from members.
Around Christmas we hold our annual fund-raising quiz. Media star and archaeologist Julian Richards is our quiz master who has to manage a lively evening with a firm hand.
Here is the scheduled programme for 2021-22. Click on the links in the Topic column for more information about the next lecture or some of the previous talks.
|16th Sept 2021||Gold in the Time of Stonehenge||David Dawson, Director of the Wiltshire Museum|
|21st Oct 2021||Secrets of the Roman Aqueduct in Dorchester||Harry Manley, Bournemouth University|
|18th Nov 2021||The Long Bows from the Mary Rose||Abigail Parkes, Southampton University|
|16th Dec 2021||Social event|
|20th Jan 2022||Mycenaen Harbours||Max MacDonald, Southampton University|
|17th Feb 2022||Schooners: design and people in 18th Century||Jack Pink, Southampton University|
|17th March 2022||The Roman Town House: Dorchester’s hidden gem.||Steve Wallis, Dorset County Archaeologist|
|21st April 2022||Iron Age excavation at Blandford||Dan Carter/Pete Cox, AC Archaeology|
|19th May 2022||Underfloor excavations at Avebury Manor||Briony Clifton, Avebury National Trust|
|June 2022||Bournemouth University Dig?||Visit|
Visits to Archaeological Sites
Each 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 Down farm in Wimborne St Giles. Visits have also taken place to the Bournemouth University Summer Dig sites.
Click here to see some of our previous activities, and how we adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Committee and Membership, Autumn 2021
Chairman: John Earley
Secretary: Edrys Lupprian
Treasurer: Gisela Pauley
Members: Dave Stewart, Rex Badgley, Gerald Killingworth.