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Current Programme

Are you interested in history and archaeology, particularly of Yeovil and its surrounding towns & villages?
YALHS talks start at 7:30 pm (prompt), On the 1st Friday of the month, Oct – May. We also organise regular visits to archaeological digs and historical sites during the summer months.
       Summer Programme – 2019
(YALHS membership and your name on the list is required – if you change your mind – email Jim – )

Friday 7th JuneWells Cathedral & Vicar’s Close Tour – led by a Cathedral Guide –
Starts at 2.00pm, meet at Entrance – duration 1 hour – (£5 each – collected by Jim)

Friday 5th JulyBruton Town Walkabout – Starts at 2.00 pm – Led by Andy Pickering – Meet in the Museum (BA10 0AW) – On arrival Andy will give a half hour slide show, followed by a self-led tour. (£2 each – collected by Jim)

Wednesday 21st AugustVisit to Stalbridge Park Excavations – Starts 1030am – Meet at the Stalbridge Hub (DT10 2RG)

Friday 6th SeptemberSherborne Old Castle – revised notes – cost £5.00 (over 65’s £4.50) – English Heritage are unable to provide us with a guide.
Starts at 2pm – Meet at the Old Castle (DT9 3SA)

       Winter Programme – 2019/20
Friday 4th October – ‘The Roman History of Ilchester’ (the  Roman occupation of Ilchester and the surrounding area with items to show and talk about, up to AD 427 – end of coinage – in the reign of  Roman ‘Western Emperor’  Valentinian III)
Speaker – John Smith

Friday 1st November – ‘The Roman Conquest of the South West’ (economy, landscape, way of life etc. And the reorganisation of the South West from military to civil)
Speaker – Derek Gore

Friday 6th December – ‘Rural Poverty in South Somerset – 1881 Census’ (based on
Wincanton Workhouse and covering all surrounding villages)
Speaker – Chris Forrester

Friday 3rd January 2020Members’ Evening – all welcome
With various talks, a quiz and refreshments
(Tell Andy or Brian if you would like to give a talk)

Friday 7th February – ‘The History of Carnivals in Somerset’ – (Carnival has a 400 year history in Somerset beginning with bonfires and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes in Bridgwater. Torchlight processions followed, therefore starting the tradition of carnival processions, which have developed over 400 years to the spectacular processions of today.) added 30Jun19
Speaker – John Dando

Friday 7th March – ‘The Knights Templar‘ – (Founded around 1118 to protect pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem, the Templars were among a number of orders formed in the wake of the Crusades which combined the ideals of knighthood with religious vows. The talk will examine their foundation, the ways in which they developed their landed properties in western Europe to support their functions in the Holy Land, and the circumstances which led to their dramatic suppression in 1312.) added 24May19
Speaker – James Bond

Friday 3rd April – ‘Money Through Time‘ – the study of the history of coinage. added 13Jun19
Speaker – Laura Burnett – Finds Liaison Officer for the South West Heritage Trust

Friday 1st May – A short AGM – followed by a talk

Talks are held at the Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre, Lysander Rd, Yeovil, BA20 2BU. Members free, Non-members £2.

Individuals £10; Couples £15; Family £18; Juniors/Students £2.
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Walkabout – 2019

Fri 7th June – Wells Cathedral & Vicar’s Close

Fri 5th July – Bruton Town

Wed 21st August – Visit Stalbridge Park Dig

Fri 6th Sept – Sherborne Old Castle

New – View DETAILS for Summer 2019 & Winter 2019/20 

Click here to see our full programme. (Details for Mar & Apr 2020 added)

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