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The Winter meeting programme 2018-19 is shown below.  Visitors are very welcome at the meetings. Please note speakers are booked many months in advance and sometimes have to cancel at short notice. Although we always try to find another speaker the talk may be on a different subject.

MEETINGS: 7.30pm at Ann Rose Hall, Greyfriars Community Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DW

MEETING FEES:- Members £2.00, Visitors £3.50

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION:- Adult £10.00, Full-time Student £5.00

ENQUIRIES TO:- The Chairman, Mark Vincent 01425 473677 or use the Contact Us page.



5th September 2018: Wessex – from Roman Civitas to Anglo-Saxon Shire
Speaker: Dr Bruce Eagles

In this talk I should like to draw particular attention – though inevitably I can do this only very succinctly – to five themes which lie at the heart of my book:

  • The definition of the boundaries of the Roman civitates and their influence upon the pattern of the earliest English settlements
  • Ethnicity: who was a ‘Briton’ and who a ‘Saxon’ in the turbulent world that followed the collapse of Roman government?
  • The very marked contrasts between eastern (Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and Wiltshire) and western Wessex (Somerset and Dorset)
  • The definition, development and demise of the territory of the Jutes in southern Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight; and its relationship to the ‘small shire’ of Hamtunscir
  • The relationship of Hamtunscir and other ‘small shires’ to the county of Hampshire as it has been known to us since the time of Domesday Book

3rd October 2018:  Recent Archaeological Work at Old Sarum and its Environs. A Western Suburb?
Speaker:  Kristian Strutt, University of Southampton

This talk will provide an update on the recent geophysical survey and excavation undertaken by the University of Southampton near Old Sarum, providing new information about the location of settlement in the area.

7th November 2018A Load of Old Stones: Imported Axe-heads in the British Neolithic
Speaker:  Dr. Katharine Walker, Visiting Fellow, Bournemouth University

This talk will look at the significant body of stone and flint axe-heads imported into Britain from the Continent which has been poorly understood, overlooked and undervalued in Neolithic studies particularly over the past half century. This is due to a bias against invasion and diffusionist models. I reassess the significance of these objects by establishing a secure evidence base and thinking about their crucial role in helping us to understand Neolithic society. The talk covers Alpine jade, Breton metadolerite, and flint from Scandinavia, and discusses the investigative work needed to establish the credentials of each axe-head.

5th December 2018:To be arranged
Speaker: To be arranged


2nd January 2019:  Members Evening

6th February 2019:To be arranged
Speaker: To be arranged

6th March 2019:To be arranged
Speaker: To be arranged

3rd April 2019:To be arranged
Speaker: To be arranged

1st May 2019: Annual General Meeting followed by a talk by one of our members