The Wareham and District Archaeology & Local History Society was first formed in 1985. We are a friendly group of like-minded people from all walks of life, who are brought together by our shared interest in archaeology, local history and heritage. We have a diverse lecture programme of ten monthly meetings, running from September through to June each year. Our speakers vary from university lecturers, to celebrity speakers, local historians to world-renowned authorities. As well as our lecture programme, we also organise visits and guided walks around places of historical interest two or three times during the summer months.

Our meetings take place at the Town Hall, Wareham, normally on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7.30pm. So, whether you’re an armchair archaeologist pining for Time Team and you just want to sit back and listen, or whether you are a professional in your field and have something to share, come and join us! Any visitors to lectures are always welcome for the small charge of £2 per visit. Otherwise, become a **member for the great price of £10 per year – that’s just £1 per meeting.

Wareham Town Hall


Druce Farm Roman Villa
Druce Farm Roman Villa
Guided walk around Wareham: Mint House
Guided walk around Wareham: The town pound.
The Steve Etches Fossil Collection, Kimmeridge
Athelhampton House




Wednesday September 20th
Lilian Ladle
AGM: The definitive Hadrian’s Wall

Summer field trips and visits to be announced.


Our speaker for the month of April will be Lilian Ladle, talking about Roman Life at Druce Villa.  Lilian is is a local historian and archaeologist.  She has written several books on local history, and has directed and published numerous archaeological projects, including the impressive Bestwall Quarry Project, which ran from 1992 until 2005.

Her latest venture has been a four year (and continuing this year) evaluation dig at Druce Farm, near Puddletown, where she and her team have uncovered an amazingly well preserved, previously unknown Roman Villa – which will be the subject of her lecture at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th April, at Wareham Town Hall.


**Membership form**

Wareham and District Archaeology & Local History Society