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 October 18th -   Paul Cheetham

300 miles in the footsteps of Vespasian – Recent work at the Lake Farm Legionary Fortress

Wednesday November 15th – Jo Crane

The Archaeology of Wessex from the Air

Wednesday December 6th – Karen and Co.

The Spirit of Christmas Past

Xmas raffle with mince pies and festive drinks


Wednesday January 17th – Robert  Heaton

Hook Sands and the Swash Channel Wreck Site

Wednesday February 21st – Andrew Morgan

Archaeology of the Peloponnese – a Greek Oddysey

Wednesday March 21st – Peter Cox

The Archaeology of the Wessex Water pipeline in Dorset

Wednesday April 18th – Mark Corney

Hillforts after the Romans

Wednesday May 16th – Lilian Ladle

Wareham   since the Great Fire – the march of progress?

Wednesday June 20th – Steve Etches

A glimpse of Deep Time – the Kimmeridge fossil collection


Wednesday September 19th – Dr Miles Russell

Arthur and the kings of Britain – finding archaeological truths behind the myths

Summer field trips and visits to be announced.


Our speaker for the month of October will be Paul Cheetham, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Bournemouth University.

**Membership form**

Wareham and District Archaeology & Local History Society