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 £3 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

PROGRAMME 2018 - 2019


19th September:

            AGM, Dr. Miles Russell - Arthur and the Kings of Britain: Finding archaeological truths behind the myths

Dr Miles Russell is a senior lecturer in prehistoric and Roman archaeology at Bournemouth University.  He has conducted fieldwork across the UK as well as in Germany, Sicily and Russia. He is co-director of the Durotriges Project, investigating the transition from the Iron Age to Roman period across SE and SW Britain and is also co-director of Bournemouth University's archaeological field school.  He has authored several books and has been a regular contributor to television and radio, his most recent appearance being in Digging for Britain.

17th October:

            Dr. Martin Green - New Light on the Knowlton Complex

21st November:

            Ben Buxton - Archaeological Adventures in Orkney and beyond

5th DecemberFestive Xmas Meeting with mince pies and raffle:  

            Gordon Le Pard - A Day in a Georgian House - nothing like home for real comfort


16th January:

            John Smith - Roman Life

20th February:

            David Taylor - Dorchester's Hidden Cellars and Underground Tunnels

20th March:

            Prof. Tim Darvill - Sticks and Stones and Broken Bones: the first monuments along the north-west Atlantic coastlands

17th April:

            Julian Richards - Stonehenge: Old rocks, new theories

22nd May:

            Lilian Ladle - Trade around Poole Harbour: Bringing in and taking out the Goods, BC - AD

19th June:

            Rob Curtis - Shaftesbury: King Alfred's Legacy




18th September:

            AGM, Mark Corney - Hillforts of Wessex

19th September:

Guided walks around Maiden Castle and Poundbury Hillforts with Mark Corney - Start at 10.30



**Membership form**

Wareham and District Archaeology & Local History Society