At a public meeting on 14th January 1963, attended by nine people, the Bridgwater Field Club was launched. Its aims were to study the history and archaeology of Bridgwater and district, and to observe and record all excavations in the area. In 1964 the present name The Bridgwater and District Arhaelogical Societywas adopted.The Society organises a range of activities:Lectures They cover a wide variety of archaeological and local history topics, reflecting the varied interests of our members.The meetings take place on Thursday evenings in the winter months, and are mostly held in the Blake Museum, Bridgwater.Courses We have occasional evening courses on archaeological techniques.Summer Events Visits are arranged to archaeological sites, museums, historic buildings.Occasional long-weekend trips are organised, and in past years we have visited Cornwall, Brittany, Suffolk & North WalesFieldwork Participation in field-walking, landscape survey and excavations.Annual Dinner This is usually held in July at a restaurant of historical interest.AffiliationsThe Society is affiliated to the Somerset Archaeological & Natural History SocietyCouncil for British Archaeology The Society is closely associated with the Blake Museum, which displays archaeological material excavated by the Society.
ProgrammeMARCH to DECEMBER 2018Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the monthThursday 15th March 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater MuseumThe Saxon Palaces at Cheddar - John PageThursday 19th April 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater Museum* Mediaeval Bridgwater – David BakerThursday 24th May 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater Museum Bridgwater and Slavery – Brian Smedley.To see the meeting notice click hereSATURDAY 23rd June 11.00 a.m. at The Walronds, Cullompton - courtesy of CWPTView Elizabethan Manor; entrance,coffee on arrival & lunch £10. Optional tour of Cullompton in afternoon. Own transport or share. Visit details click here. Booking form click here.Thursday 19th July 6.00 p.m. (to view 15th century grade I house) for 7.00 p.m. dinnerat Blackmore Farm, Cannington – courtesy of Mr & Mrs DyerBDAS Annual Dinner Booking essential. Dinner arrangements click here.Booking form click here.Thursday 20th September All Day Excursion to see Historic Exeter. Details nearer the timeThursday 18th October7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater MuseumNew Findings at the Wembdon Road Cemetery – Miles Kerr-PetersonThursday 22nd November 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater Museum* Behind the Bleep – The Mystery of Geophysics Explained –Liz Caldwell of SSARG & SANHS & Director of GoFloThursday 13th December 7.30 p.m. at Wembdon Parish Centre (opposite the church)BDAS Christmas Party with Update on Recent Archaeological Finds in the Bridgwater Area – Bob Croft, County Archaeologist, SWHT. (Please bring items for buffet)* Change/Addition to previous programmeANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS* Single member £ 12.00 Family membership £ 16.00 * Half rate applies for applications received after June 30th
* Annual Dinner *Blackmore Farm, CanningtonThursday19th July 2018Click here for details and here for a
* Visit to The Walronds *CullomptonSaturday 23rd June 2018Click here for details and here for a booking form