Tuesday 21st February 2017: ‘Recent fieldwork at the Royal Woolwich Arsenal’, Mark Stevenson, Archaeological Planning Adviser, Historic England. Letchworth Free Church hall, Gernon Rd/Norton Way South, 8 pm.

Friday 24th February 2017: Kris Lockyear of Welwyn Archaeological Society writes: “We have Tom Williamson coming to talk to WAS on Friday 24th. Tom is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and author of a great many books. He wrote “The Origins of Hertfordshire” which was published in two editions, as well as co-authoring the Landscape of Hertfordshire with Anne Rowe, and Dury and Andrews’ Map of Hertfordshire by Andrew Macnair, Anne Rowe and Tom. He will be speaking on “Reading Hertfordshire’s Landscape: Dury and Andrews and beyond.” I attach a poster.
The University of Hertfordshire Press will be there selling Tom’s books (and others I guess).”

Tuesday 21st March: ‘Ablutions and Absolutions: a dip into the recent files of the Heritage Network’, David Hillelson, Managing Director, The Heritage Network Ltd. Letchworth Free Church Hall, 8pm. David, who last gave us a talk in February 2013, will talk about some subsequent fieldwork projects by his organisation.

Monday 24th April: Richard Mortimer, Senior Archaeologist (Oxford Archaeology East) – ‘Middle Saxon Village Development in Cambridgeshire and the -ham/-ton Divide’. Venue to be arranged.

Tuesday 16th May: Annual General Meeting. Letchworth Free Church hall, 8 pm.


10 February – 3 September 2017

Museum of London Docklands

Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail

Discover objects spanning 8,000 years of human history unearthed by Crossrail.

For: Anyone
Min age: No minimum
Entry: Free


Roman iron horse shoes or hipposandals

Found near to Liverpool Street Station in the City of London © Crossrail/MOLA.


Tudor bowling ball

A wooden bowling ball found at the site of the Tudor King John’s Court manor house in Stepney Green © Crossrail/MOLA.


Medieval animal bone skate

Found near Liverpool Street Station in the City of London © Crossrail/MOLA.


Ginger jars

One of the thousands of vessels found near Tottenham Court Road station at the Crosse & Blackwell bottling factory, late 19th century © Crossrail/MOLA.


Human remains

Three skeletons will be on display, including one of those found in a mass grave at the Bedlam burial ground. aDNA showed this individual died of the Plague © Crossrail.

The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL.

The construction of London’s newest railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city’s most historically important sites. Since work began in 2009, the project has undertaken one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever in the UK, with over 10,000 artefacts shining a light on almost every important period of the Capital’s history.

The wide variety of items on display will explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.

These finds were discovered in locations as diverse as suburban Abbey Wood in the south east, through Canary Wharf, across to Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and ending in Westbourne Park and Acton. The finds will sit against a backdrop telling the engineering story of the largest infrastructure project currently underway in Europe, with key facts and figures presented throughout.

Tweet us your thoughts to @MuseumofLondon with the hashtag #TunnelArchaeology.

The British Museum – ends 26th February 2017

TSouth Africa

the art of a nation

27 October 2016 – 26 February

Discover the history of South Africa through an incredible 100,000 years of art.

Your journey starts with examples of some of the earliest examples of human creativity – from rock art to perhaps the world’s oldest necklace. From there, be amazed by 800-year-old gold treasures from the kingdom of Mapungubwe, be moved by powerful anti-apartheid pieces, and be inspired by cutting-edge contemporary works. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the diverse art created by the many people who have helped shape South Africa’s story.


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PosterWAS.Williamson 2017 small.pdf

Poster.Woolwich Arsenal1.pdf

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