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.


JANUARY to DECEMBER Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the month Thursday   16 th  January  7.30 p.m.  at Bridgwater Museum CANCELLED Thursday   20 th  February   7.30 p.m.  at Bridgwater Museum BDAS AGM with “Dr Toogood, Founder of Bridgwater Infirmary”– Dr Lesley Sutcliffe Thursday   19 th  March   7.30 p.m.   at Bridgwater Museum “Romans in Somerset” – David Elkington, WEA/FOSA Thursday   16 th  April     7.30 p.m.   at Bridgwater Museum “The Stuckeys & Stuckey’s Bank” – Seatrobe Research Partnership Thursday   21 st  May      7.30 p.m.   at Bridgwater Museum Cannington Bypass Excavations – Andrew Mudd, Cotswold Archaeology
SATURDAY 20th June  - - p.m. 
Excursion Details to be Advised
Thursday  16 th  July   6.00 p.m. to view C14, Grade II listed Building for 7.00 p.m. dinner
at the Old Vicarage, 45, St. Mary Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3EQ. 
BDAS Annual Dinner    Booking essential.
Saturday, 12 th  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 Bristol with David Dawson.  Own or public transport or share
Thursday  15 th  October 7.30 p.m.  at Bridgwater Museum
“Population change, land use and environment of Exmoor over the past 6000 years” – Prof Ralph
Fyfe Plymouth University
Thursday  19 th  November 7.30 p.m. at Bridgwater Museum
"Life & Death in Bronze Age Somerset: Discoveries at Bridgwater Gateway" – Stuart Foreman,
Oxford Archaeology
    ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS*      Single member              £ 15.00   Family membership       £ 20.00  * Half rate applies for applications received after June 30th
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March 2021 Newsletter is now available from here
Annual General Meeting 2020 then an illustrated talk by David Elkington “The Romans in Somerset” Thursday, 18th November, 2021 8.00 pm in The Old School Room, at St George’s Parish Centre, Church Road, Wembdon, TA6 7RR Doors open 7.45 pm. Please do not enter the hall before this as the room is in use by others To 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 Articles The first one is John Angel’s War Memorials by David Baker.