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.

The Group is open to all members of Blandford Museum, and we are always delighted to welcome new members. For more information, please contact Edrys Lupprian at [email protected]

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 2021Gold in the Time of StonehengeDavid Dawson, Director of the Wiltshire Museum
21st Oct 2021Secrets of the Roman Aqueduct in DorchesterHarry Manley, Bournemouth University
18th Nov 2021The Long Bows from the Mary RoseAbigail Parkes, Southampton University
16th Dec 2021Social event
20th Jan 2022Mycenaen HarboursMax MacDonald, Southampton University
17th Feb 2022Schooners: design and people in 18th CenturyJack Pink, Southampton University
17th March 2022The Roman Town House: Dorchester’s hidden gem.Steve Wallis, Dorset County Archaeologist
21st April 2022Iron Age excavation at BlandfordDan Carter/Pete Cox, AC Archaeology
19th May 2022Underfloor excavations at Avebury ManorBriony Clifton, Avebury National Trust
June 2022
Bournemouth University Dig?Visit

Visits to Archaeological Sites

Visit to Down Farm, Wimborne St Giles. Excavation of the cursus ditch, June 2019

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.