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YALHS was founded in 1954 and has been involved in many projects and studies to uncover the past of this part of South Somerset over the intervening years.

The society meets on the first Friday of each month from October to May at 7:15pm at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road BA20 2BU to listen to an interesting selection of speakers on a very diverse range of historical and archaeological subjects with local relevance.

During the summer months the society organises various activities including visits to archaeological excavations and places of archaeological and historical interest.



Click here>> Ilchester Museum Heritage Day

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Lufton Roman villa, near Yeovil. The dig has started with the Newcastle University team. An open day is being be held at the dig on Saturday 20th August.

Visit their blog:

Lufton Project 2016

Do you live in or near Yeovil?

Are you interested History and Archaeology, particularly of Yeovil and its surrounding towns and villages?

Why not join Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society?


Membership is great value and entitles you to:

Attend all talks free of charge. (some visits may attract a small charge to cover entry fees etc)

A free copy of Chronicle, our society’s annual journal.

Regular Email updates on both our own and other Somerset historical and archaeological events.

Exclusive free access to the society’s extensive library.

If you wish to join our society please fill in a membership application form and send with a cheque to the address shown, alternatively come along to one of our regular meetings.


All YALHS talks start at 7:30pm and are held at the Holy Trinity Church & Community Centre, Lysander Road, YEOVIL, BA20 2BU (Non-members Welcome)

Winter Programme 2016/17  

Friday 7th October 2016 - 'Writing the Victoria County History for Somerset'

Speaker - Mary Siraut

Friday 4th November - 'The Postal System of Great Britain' Details from Mediaeval times up until 1840

Speaker - Roger Marsh

Further details to follow

Summer Programme 2016
Members Only - prior booking is necessary for all events - contact any committee member

June 23rd Thursday - Visit West Coker Ropeworks, BA22 9AU

July 14th Thursday - Crewkerne Walkabout

August 13th Saturday - Visit Down Farm Museum, SP5 5RY

September 2nd Friday - Visit St John's Church to see the refurbished bells.

See the Programme Page for full details

Previous Talks & Walks

Winter Programme 2015/16

Friday 9th October 2015 (note date change) - A Talk by Context One Archaeological Services

Speaker - Stuart Milby

Friday 6th November - Yeovil's Glove-making Legacy

Speaker - Jean Harper

Friday 27th November (note date change) - The History of Milborne Port

Speaker - Dr Lesley Wray

Friday 8th January 2016 - Members' Evening - details later

Friday 5th February - The Unreturning Army (the speaker talks about his father's WW One experiences in France in 1917-18

Speaker - David Gordon

Friday 4th March - The Archaeology of the Anchorhold (Religious Recluses' Hideaways)

Speaker - Jerry Sampson

Friday 1st April - The Air Defence of South-West England during WW Two

Speaker - John Smith

Friday 6th May - AGM followed by a talk

The Fovant Badges

Speaker - Tony Phillips

Entrance Free - Come along!

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