AXBRIDGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY (AALHS)
Registered charity no. 272553
The Society, founded in 1950, initially as a Caving and Archaeological Society, exists to promote interest in, and research into, the rich history and archaeology of Axbridge and the surrounding area. It is particularly proud off its contribution to the Axbridge Museum (now run as an independent Museum Trust) where much of its collection is displayed
Axbridge and the area around it, has been of significant importance throughout the ages: in pre-historic times, in Saxon England and in the medieval and post-medieval periods A wealth of research has already been done but there is much more to do.
It’s not all dry academic discussion though! Members come from many different backgrounds, with varying interests and various levels of expertise (or none at all). We have a programme of monthly talks and visits throughout the year and would love to see some new faces, so do take a look at our programme and come along. Visitors are welcome at our meetings but, as a member, you would also receive a regular newsletter and journal and have access to the extensive Society library, as well as the opportunity to participate in practical archaeology
Whether you’re interested in archaeology or just want to know more about the history of your local area you are assured of a warm welcome.
More information is on our website www.aalhs.co.uk
The first talk of 2018 will be John Page talking about lighthouses in the Bristol Channel.
There are around three dozen lighthouses in the Bristol Channel. Most date from the 18th century onwards (with one earlier exception), but cover a number of differing structures, uses and types of light. Their fascinating history and those of the people who commissioned and ran them will be discussed.
There are further details about all the planned meetings on the website www.aalhs.co.uk
All winter meetings are at Cross Memorial Hall at 7.30pm
Non-members are very welcome to attend but a donation of £3 is requested
If you missed any of the meetings there are reports on all of them on the website www.aalhs.co.uk
Jan 17: John Page. Lighthouses in the Bristol Channel.
Feb 21: Frances Neale. John Bunn of Wedmore, seaman, 1789: a voyage through local and national archives.
Mar 21: James Bond. Somerset Parks and Gardens.
April 18: Joe and Christine King: Old Maps of Somerset (including a display) + AGM.
Summer Programme 2018
May 12: Visit to Stogumber 2pm
June 13: Visit to Cross Rifle Range led by Madeleine Roberts
July 11: Visit to the Old Deanery Gardens led by Frances Neale 6pm-8pm
Non-members are welcome to attend meetings although a small donation is requested for the winter talks. There wil be a cost to everyone for some of the summer visits and walks.