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Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society

2018 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.

2nd March (Fri) ‘Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity’ – Speaker – Barry Winetrobe
Talk Cancelled re-programmed for Next Year

6th April (Fri) ‘LIDAR – The Imaging of a Hidden Landscape’ –  Lidar is commonly used to make high-resolution maps, with applications in geodesy, geomatics, archaeology, geography, geology, geomorphology, seismology, forestry, atmospheric physics, laser guidance, airborne laser swath mapping (ALSM), and laser altimetry. The technology is also used in control and navigation for some autonomous cars.
Speaker – Bryan Moore

4th May (Fri) AGM followed by a talk – ‘Brewing in Weymouth’ – Speaker – David Riches – Director at Weymouth Museum Trust and Collection Manager at Weymouth Museum. – (Non-members – free entrance!) – bring a friend 

If you wish to join us, place you name on the appropriate sheet(s) when at one of the next 3 meetings, or let Jim know by email. – Car share – tick if you want a lift or are able to give a lift.

12th June (Tue) Guided tour of Weymouth Museum, Brewers Quay, DT4 8TR. (£2.50 per person) – The tour will start at 10.30am with tea and coffee laid on by Pauline when we arrive. The tour should take about one and a half hours. (the maximum number is 16 or 20 at a push – a reserve list will be started if required). Parking at the moment is expensive anywhere in Weymouth, but Pauline advised that there is a cheaper Council carpark at West Way near the Quay, however she did say that this may be redeveloped, and therefore unavailable in the future. Leaflets with suggestions for what to do in the afternoon will be available alongside the booking sheet.

6th July (Fri) – start at 6.30pm South Petherton walkabout led by Liz Randall (Details later)

August Nothing arranged, intention to take in an archaeological site (if available) or a site of archaeological interest (if not) – place your name on the sheet if you want to come along once something has been arranged.

7th September (Fri) The Somerset Rural Life Museum, BA6 8DB – entrance is £4.95 each – meet at 12 o’clock for lunch or at 2pm and straight into looking around.

5th October (Fri) Talk – on ‘Muchelney Abbey – from its obscure origins, through the Norman Conquest to the Dissolution’ – Speaker Stephen Honey

2nd November (Fri) Talk on ‘World War I – about the local lads who went to war and the ladies role in the war’ – Speaker – Darren Berry

5th December (Fri) ‘The Unfortunate Captain Pearce & the Wreck of the Holswell’ (about a huge East India Company ship wrecked on the Purbeck coast) in 1786) by the author – Phillip Brown

Talks are held at Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre, Lysander Rd, Yeovil, BA20 2BU (Non-members Welcome – £2 at the door)

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


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 – £2 at the door)

Winter Programme 2017
Fri 6th Oct 17 – Alberto Biolleti – A Soldier of Napoleon and Master Clockmaker of Wincanton
Fri 3rd Nov – Archaeology of Stone Quarrying
Fri 1st Dec – Somerset’s Highway Heritage (change of programme)
Fri 5th Jan 18 – Members’ Evening – all welcome – Join us for a  quiz, various talks and light refreshments
Fri 2nd Feb – South Dorset Ridgeway Mapping Project
Fri 2nd Mar – Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity Talk Cancelled – due to bad weather 
Fri 6th Apr – LIDAR – The Imaging of a Hidden Landscape
Fri 4th May – AGM followed by a talk – Brewing in Weymouth. Free Entrance

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