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 March 15th
Rob Curtis
Dead Interesting Dorset

Wednesday April 19th
Lilian Ladle
Roman Life at Druce Villa

Wednesday May 17th
Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
The Portable Antiquities Scheme – Dorset Highlights

Wednesday June 21st
Stuart Morris
Storms, shipwrecks and floods around Portland

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 February will be Steve Burman, a professional archaeologist who has lived and worked in the Vezere Valley for 12 years, surrounded by the Ice Age.
The Vezere Valley in the Ice Age - time travelling to the roots of art.
What does it mean to be fully human? A brief exploration of an area of South-West France often called the 'Cradle of Humanity' - tracing our roots, meeting our ancestors and seeing how they lived more than 20,000 years ago.
We will explore a distant era and its inhabitants, largely mysterious to most of us, but of fundamental importance in defining ourselves as human beings.
We'll finish with a 'tour' of Lascaux, the greatest of the painted caves, with a close-up analysis (with some surprises) of some of the most wonderful masterpieces of world art.
There will be time for discussion and questions at the end.


**Membership form**

Wareham and District Archaeology & Local History Society