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.
JANUARY to DECEMBER Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the monthThursday 16th January 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater MuseumCANCELLEDThursday 20th February 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater MuseumBDAS AGM with “Dr Toogood, Founder of Bridgwater Infirmary”– Dr Lesley SutcliffeThursday 19th March 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater Museum“Romans in Somerset” – David Elkington, WEA/FOSAThursday 16th April 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater Museum“The Stuckeys & Stuckey’s Bank” – Seatrobe Research PartnershipThursday 21st May 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater MuseumCannington Bypass Excavations – Andrew Mudd, Cotswold ArchaeologySATURDAY 20th June - - p.m.Excursion Details to be AdvisedThursday 16th July 6.00 p.m. to view C14, Grade II listed Building for 7.00 p.m. dinnerat the Old Vicarage, 45, St. Mary Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3EQ.BDAS Annual Dinner Booking essential.Saturday, 12th September, 11 am – 4.30 pm. Meet at the North Porch, Church of St. Mary Redcliffe.12, Colston Parade, BS1 6RA (own lunch e.g. in Corn St. area)Excursion to Historic Bristolwith David Dawson. Own or public transport or shareThursday 15th October7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater Museum“Population change, land use and environment of Exmoor over the past 6000 years”– Prof Ralph Fyfe Plymouth UniversityThursday 19th November 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater Museum"Life & Death in Bronze Age Somerset: Discoveries at Bridgwater Gateway" – Stuart Foreman, Oxford ArchaeologyANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS* Single member £ 15.00 Family membership £ 20.00 * Half rate applies for applications received after June 30th
Annual General Meeting 2020then an illustrated talk byDavid Elkington“The Romans in Somerset”Thursday, 18th November, 2021 8.00 pmin The Old School Room,at St George’s Parish Centre,Church Road, Wembdon, TA6 7RRDoors open 7.45 pm.Please do not enter the hall before this as the room is in use by othersTo open the festive season and to celebrate our first face-to-face meeting since the onset of Covid, free drinks will be served.(Unfortunately, Covid precautions mean that we cannot have our usual buffet provided by members.)David Elkington lives in Wellington, Somerset and recently retired from teaching at Wellington School. He has been lecturing to local societies for over 50 years on Roman and Greek history. His first degree at Durham was in Classics and for his MA he researched the Roman lead industry in Somerset. He has worked on archaeological sites in Greece, Turkey, Sicily and North Africa and lectures on The Romans in Somerset and other parts of the Roman Empire. David will give us a fascinating insight into the place of our area in the fortunes of the Roman Empire.Download an AGM notice here
New addition to the website.Articles written by members. You can use the Articles button on the navigation bar to access the page or use this link ArticlesThe first one is John Angel’s War Memorials by David Baker.