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 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


     AALHS Programme



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.

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.