Wednesday November 9th – Boxford Lecture: A Career in Ruins

Invitation from Boxford Heritage Centre

A Career in Ruins”

by Julian Richards

From a medieval cess pit to Stonehenge and “Meet the Ancestors” – via a spell at Reading University and directing his first digs on the Berkshire Downs – this is the story of a long, varied, and at times chaotic career. that hasn’t ended yet!

Boxford Village Hall, Lambourn Valley Road, Boxford, Berks. RG20 8DD.
We are expecting quite a large audience so please email to confirm you are coming:

More information on the lecture series here

Thursday 24th November 2016 – Marlow Lecture: Richard III “Part 2”

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow

Richard III Part 2 – Revealing Richard’s burial place and the latest research on the king

by Mathew Morris

Much has been published since Mathew visited us in May 2014 to talk to us about the discovery of Richard III under a Leicester car park. Mathew will update us on the latest research on Richard III and the excavations at Grey Friars friary, where Richard’s remains were found (A joint talk with MAS arranged by AIM).

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

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)