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Jack Sweet our local historian has selected this report from The Yeovilian of July 1954

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

‘This has certainly been one of our most successful sessions. The standard of lectures was high, and our change of name widened their scope. Attendance at meetings distinctly improved, perhaps because of tea and biscuits!

‘During the Autumn Term we spent one Saturday afternoon at Cadbury, and a whole day at Bath for the annual excursion. The long awaited Lufton Report was published this year in the Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological Society: thanks are warmly given to the Wyndham Trustees for generous financial help in its production. Talks were given on Roman Britain (a series of three by P. Hawker, M.G. Hebditch and J. Fletcher), on the Somerset Light Infantry by M. Davies and on the excavation of some bronze Age barrows at Snail Down, Wiltshire, by P. Fry, who with M.G. Hebditch, took part in the digging during this summer holidays.

‘The first meeting of the Spring Term was the very enjoyable Christmas party. Several members spent a cold day in January examining a Roman slab grave with a well-preserved skeleton at Charlton Mackerell. Lectures were given by Hebditch on Heraldry, by Fletcher on the search for the Northwest Passages to the East, by Davies on Medals, and by Sweet on Werewolves, Vampires and Ghouls.

‘During the Easter Holidays, the Society conducted excavations at Ilchester. So far this term, excursions have been made to Pill Bridge, near Ilchester, to Somerton and Long Sutton, and to Birchelney Abby and Church. The outstanding feature has been, however, a lecture by J. Fletcher on the Archaeological Aspect of his recent visit to Italy. M.H.B., M.G.H.’

Note: Birchelney Abbey was a very rare misprint, this was of course Muchelney Abbey!

Jack Sweet

Programme

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)


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Summer Programme 2018
Tue 12th Jun – Guided Tour Weymouth Museum
Fri 6th Jul – South Petherton Walkabout
August – Visit an Archaeological Site
Fri 6th Sep – Visit Somerset Rural Life Museum


Winter Talks 2018/19
Fri 5th Oct – Muchelney Abbey – from its obscure origins, through the Norman Conquest to the Dissolution
Fri 2nd Nov – Talk on the World War One – about the local lads who went to war and the lasses role in the war
Fri 5th Dec – The Unfortunate Captain Pearce & the wreck of the Holswel
Fri 4th Jan 19 – Members’ Evening – all welcome – Join us for various talks, a quiz and light refreshments
Fri 1st Feb – Roman History of Ilchester
Fri 2nd Mar – Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity Brought forward from last year
5th Apr (Fri) ‘The Lost Islands of Somerset’
3rd May (Fri) AGM followed by a talk – Parish Boundaries in and around Yeovil – (Non-members – free entrance!) – bring a friend


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