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
Or contact the secretary Elizabeth Friend on 01934 712971 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next Meetings

The winter programme of talks starts in September - see programme

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


     AALHS Programme
Winter 2017-8



Sept 20: David Dawson. What’s in a Sherd?  Archaeological text books are graced with nice photographs of complete or nearly complete vessels. They neatly illustrate forms and types of ware, very often attributable to particular periods and even places of manufacture. Yet as most of us know, fieldwork, except in rare circumstances, usually produces just sherds of pottery, most of which seem to bear little resemblance to our neat illustrations. There are techniques, some old some new, for wresting important information from such apparently unpromising material. This talk will explain how using material some of which has been supplied in a collaborative project including the AALHS.

 Oct 18: Ian Caskie SS Great Britain: from launch to relaunch.

Nov 15: Richard Brunning. 2016 Excavation at Beckery.

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.


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.

For further information  please contact the secretary Elizabeth Friend on 0193471291 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For membership enquiries please contact Jonathan Friend on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.