Bridgwater and District Archaeological Society
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 Society   was 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 Wales Fieldwork Participation in field-walking, landscape survey and excavations. Annual Dinner This is usually held in July at a restaurant of historical interest. Affiliations The Society is affiliated to the     Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society    Council for British Archaeology The Society is closely associated with the Blake Museum, which displays archaeological material excavated by the Society.
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS*      Single member              £ 15.00   Family membership       £ 20.00  * Half rate applies for applications received after June 30th
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Next Meeting. Christmas Event with Jon Holt - Somerset Follies  at the Wembdon Parish Centre, Mendip Room 7.30 pm Download the event notice here
*Please note* Membership subscriptions for 2023 are now due
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 Articles The first one is John Angel’s War Memorials by David Baker.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2023 - 2024 7 December Christmas Event with Jon Holt - Somerset Follies. Wembdon Parish Centre, Mendip Room, 7.30 pm. PLEASE NOTE: Entry is through the playground, opposite the playing fields, off Church Road and just before the road turns north at the church. Come and enjoy a seasonable social evening with other members and, please, bring a little food to swell the buffet “A highlight of the Society’s year and not to be missed!” Download the Christmas Event notice here 2024 Events Download 2024/25 Events Programme here January - No meeting 15th February. AGM with Val Bannister - A dramatic presentation on Dr Toogood 21st March Jean Marriott - A Highwayman Ancestor 25th April .John Strickland - The Nomen. The story of the wreck on Braen Sands 16th May. Late pm/evening. Walk to the Napoleonic Fort, Brean with Chris Sidaway & Chris Webster or author Nick van der Niji, BEM 20th June. All day outing to Cleve Abbey (led by Chris Sidaway) 8 Dunster (led by Mary Ewing   18th July 6pm for 7pm. Annual Dinner, Crossways Inn, Huntspil. (Booking essential) August - No Meeting 19th September. 2or 3 short presentations by Members on subjects they have studied 17th October. Chris Sidaway - Archaeology of North Cyprus & the local connection 21st November. Christmas Party with Susie Simmons, SWHT - The County Collections. 7.30 pm at the Wembdon Parish Centre, Mendip Room December - No meeting 2023 Ongoing programme of excavation: During the year Miles Kerr-Peterson will be setting up a programme to excavate a demolished chapel in Wembdon Cemetery. This will provide opportunities for both younger and older members to become involved in hands-on archaeological investigation. For more information please email the secretary