Saturday 17th September – BAS AGM and lecture: Timber Buildings

Saturday 17th  September 2016 BAS AGM & Lecture:

Timber Buildings: how earlier buildings may be concealed behind later remodelling 

by Henry Russell

Frames and fashion – what lies beneath?

Timber framing is a form of construction which has existed since man has need to provide protection from the elements. This talk looks at the history of timber framing from the medieval period to the 18th century, and will include discussion of it structural forms. It will include some discussion of roof framing, which is common to most buildings whether of timber, brick or stone.  The talk will consider how older frames have been changed, adapted and sometimes concealed as part of later architectural changes to buildings

Photo of framing within 33 West Street, Warwick  reproduced by kind permission of Archaeology Warwickshire.

2.00 pm for 2.30 pm at The RISC Centre, London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

Thursday 22nd September 2016 – Marlow Lecture: Putting Marlow on the Map

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow

 Putting Marlow on the Map: from Gough to Google

by John Leighfield

John’s talk will cover the development of maps of Britain from the 14th century right through to today. It will look at the major map makers and the key phases through which map making has gone. It will be highly illustrated with images of all key maps and will concentrate on maps showing the Marlow area. There will be an illustrated handout for the talk.

8.00 p.m in the Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow, SL7 1DD

AIM Members £3.00, non-members £4.00 (includes refreshments). Free parking at the adjacent car park after 7.00p.m.

For details of AIM’s other activities and how you can join, either log on to our website,, or contact: John Laker, 9 Spinfield Lane, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 2JT. Tel: 01628 481792

Thursday 15th September 2016 – Marlow Lecture: Windsor Castle

Invitation from Marlow Archaeology

Windsor: the castle in its landscape 1070-1300

by Steven Brindle, Senior Properties Historian at English Heritage

Windsor Castle was founded by order of William the Conqueror around 1071, together with Wallingford and Oxford castles, to help control the Thames valley at a time when the Normans’ grip on England was threatened by rebellion on all sides. However, just two miles away lay Saxon Windsor – now Old Windsor – an occasional royal residence and scene of great annual feasts of the late-Saxon kings and their Norman successors.

Between 1105 and 1110, William’s son Henry I moved the royal residence up the hill to the castle. Steven Brindle’s talk explains the context for the foundation of the castle, why it came to be where it is, and how it sat in the landscape. Also what it meant for East Berkshire to be a royal forest, governed by the castle’s constable.

Steven Brindle was the Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings, responsible for EH’s historic advice on the post-fire restoration c.1992-7. He is editing a major new history of the castle, to be published by the Royal Collection in 2017.

Illustration by Michael Vickery courtesy of Thamesweb

The talks are all held on Thursdays in the Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow  SL7 1DD  at 8pm 
Visitors are welcome at all these events. Entrance is £4 and £3 for members, students £1.50.
Free parking is available in the evening adjacent to the Liston Hall
All queries, including membership, tel: 01628 523896.
Download the MAS 2016 programme here

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September 2016 – Conference on Roman Roads

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September 2016 – University Of Portsmouth

Ivan D Margary Memorial Conference on Roman Roads in Britain

Margary’s name is synonymous with the study of Roman roads, indeed he has had more influence over our understanding of the Roman road network in Britain than any other individual researcher. His gazetteer, “Roman Roads in Britain”, remains the most comprehensive and detailed work ever written, over 60 years since it was first published. Margary numbers, the system he devised for numbering and classifying Roman roads are still used by archaeologists today.

Ivan Donald Margary died on the 18th February 1976 and to mark the 40th anniversary, the Roman Roads Research Association is hosting two conferences in Portsmouth and in York.

The conferences will examine just how much our knowledge of the Roman road network in Britain has developed since his death in 1976. Nationally renowned Roman archaeologists, researchers, and academics will describe some of their recent work and discoveries in this field and will demonstrate how new technologies and approaches have moved and will continue to move forward our understanding in the years to come. Speakers will show how Roman Roads research has delivered a great number of new discoveries, both roads and associated sites. The range of speakers and discussion groups will provide a stimulating and rewarding programme.

The Portsmouth conference comprises one and a half days in which five key themes are explored and a multiple choice discussion group.

Download the conference programme here

Download the flyer and application form here

More information from the Roman Roads Research Association

Image of Wheedle Roman Road courtesy of English Heritage

Thursday 29th September 2016 – BARG Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, 29th September 2016 7.30pm

Berkshire Archaeology Research Group Quarterly Meeting
People, Place and Time: The historic environment on HS2 by Helen Glass

Helen is an archaeologist and a graduate from Reading University, with a particular interest in the archaeology of linear projects (she grew up close to Hadrian’s Wall). She is the Historic Environment Lead for High Speed Two Ltd. Helen has spent the last four years defining the standards that HS2 will set for the historic environment; this is the biggest investigation and recording programme ever undertaken in the UK. It will be a fascinating talk on a hot topic.

De Vitre Room, The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham RG40 1UE
Visitors are very welcome (£2 at the door), but to ensure a seat please contact or phone 0118 978 7434

Now booking: Spring Tour 2017

21st–24th April  2017 Spring Tour: Norfolk & area

The Annual Spring Tour will depart by  coach from central Reading at 9.00am on Friday 21st April and gets back at 6.30pm on Monday 24th April.  We will stay at the 3-star Hotel de Paris a Grade 2 listed building in the centre of Cromer with views over the pier and sea.

The sites we visit will include the oldest wooden church in the world and the oldest wooden building standing in Europe; 5000 year-old flint mines with the third highest land in Norfolk (a small barrow!); one of the most important Hanseatic ports of medieval Britain; a building described by Pevsner as “One of the most perfect buildings ever built”; one of the best preserved and most important 12th century castles in England;a rare survival of a Norman planned settlement with one of the best preserved monastic sites in the country; The largest city in 11th C England after London; a re-created Saxon village using experimental archaeological techniques on the actual site of a Saxon village and earlier occupations.

That is St. Andrews Church, Greensted; Grimes Graves; Kings Lynn; Castle Acre (Priory); Castle Rising castle; Norwich (cathedral & castle & town centre); West Stow Anglo-Saxon village.  We also visit Flag Fen (bronze-age settlement remains with 1 km wooden walkway across wet fens, also finds from the recent Must Farm excavations), Audley End House (decadent Jacobean house with Capability Brown gardens) and one of the finest surviving medieval barns in Eastern England, tree-ring dated to the mid 15th C with a breathtaking aisled interior and crown post roof, the product of some 500 oaks. There will be guided tours at most of these places.

To reserve your place download the application form here

A draft itinerary is available here (check nearer the time for updates)

Roman Boxford lecture series

As part of the Boxford Roman project we are hosting a series of lectures over the next couple of years, to be held in the new Boxford Village Hall. We have a great line up of distinguished speakers and all BAS members and guests are very welcome to come along. The first talk is onWednesday 10th February when Neil Holbrook, Chief Executive of Cotswold Archaeology will be giving a lecture on “The Villa in Roman Britain: Design, Evolution and Use.”

All lectures will be in Boxford Village Hall, Lambourn Valley Road RG20 8DD and start at 7.30pm. We are expecting quite a large turn out so places will be on a first come first served basis and ask you to email Joy Appleton at  to reserve your seats.

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