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 next meeting is on April 17 when Chris Webster will be talking about "The Defence of the Bristol Channel in WW2"
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
The Society has curated an exhibition at the Axbridge and District Museum in the King John's Hunting Lodge in Axbridge which will run until the end of May. The subject is the recent geophysical survey done at Poolhayes, a field in Chapel Allerton, opposite the Church. Do go along and see it.
There will also be a weekend of events centred on Axbridge - deails on the website
January 16: Liz Caldwell: Poolhayes Geophysics Project
February 20 Paul Barnett Severn Bridge Disaster
March 20: Chris Stephens; TheRev. Thomas Sedgwick Whalley & the Queen of Bath
April 17: AGM plus Chris Webster; The Defence of the Bristol Channel in WW2
May18/19: weekend events in Axbridge tba
June 30: Garden Party at Robin’s. Details tba
September 18 David Bromwich – Artists Impressions of the Western Mendips
October 16. Philip Unwin - The Great Eastern
Non-members are welcome to attend meetings although a donation of £3 is requested for the winter talks. There will be a cost to everyone for some of the summer visits and walks.