Wednesday 24th July 2019 – FORA Annual Outing



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  • 09.45 Assemble for Coach – North Caversham side, Reading Station
  • 10.00 Coach DEPARTURE 
    • C12th Church and Manor part of original foundation to Reading Abbey
    • Burial place of Dame Agatha Christie
    • Cholsey Great Barn – demolished 1815, site now occupied by early C19th replacements 
  • 11.30 Coach to Wallingford 11.40 WALLINGFORD 
  • 11.45 Morning coffee – Old Post Office 12.30 Visit to Town Hall 
  • 13.00 Lunch (own arrangements)
    • Kinecroft – Saxon defences 
    • St Laurence’s church (Norman)
    • Walk to see site of Wallingford Castle 
  • 14.00 Visit to Wallingford Museum – local history exhibition 
  • 14.45 Coach to Dorchester (pick up near Museum) 
    • Dorchester Abbey of St Peter – C12th Augustinian Abbey Cloister Gallery
    • Dorchester Abbey Museum 
  • 15.45 TEA IN ABBEY TEA ROOM (opens at 3.00pm)
  • 16.15 Depart for Reading
  • 17.15 Approximate time of return to Reading

PRICE: £35 by coach / £20 by car 

Both include morning coffee and afternoon tea; entry to Wallingford Town Hall and Museum; and contributions to both Cholsey Church and Dorchester Abbey 

  • COST: £35 pp (30 people max)
    • Coach pp 20.00
    • Morning Coffee 3.00
    • Entry to Museum 4.00 (group entry) 
    • Afternoon tea 4.50
    • Contributions 3.50 


Thursday 23rd May 2019 – Marlow Lecture: Sutton Hoo

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow

Sutton Hoo

by Jennifer Foster

Jennifer will report on the archaeology of the most important and exciting burial of the Anglo- Saxon period : that of Sutton Hoo. She will par- ticularly examine the pre-War excavation, recent analyses of the finds and the ship that were found in the grave. Who was buried at Sutton Hoo? Jen- nifer will also touch on the rest of the cemetery, excavated in more recent times.

This is a joint talk with MAS organised by AIM

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

AIM & MAS Members £3.00, non-members £4.50
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:

Wednesday 5th June 2019 – BAS Study Group

The study group will meet at Brock Keep on Wednesday 5th June 2019 starting with lunch at 12:00 and ending before 15:00.

The subject of this meeting is tba

All are welcome. As usual, bring your own lunch and hot drinks will be provided

OpenHand OpenSpace
Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL.
Entry and free parking via Brock Gardens, then first left through the gates of Brock Keep.
Buses 15,16 and 17 alight at Brock Gardens stop.

22nd March to 30th June 2019: Excavations at Highwood

Invitation from South Oxfordshire Archaeology Group (SOAG)

High Wood MMXIX – the exploration continues

Come and help with our continuing excavations of a mysterious Roman site in woodland at High Wood, Harpsden, on the Phillimore Estate. Excavations will resume on 22nd March, 2019 and volunteers are required now!

There is plenty to do for everyone, with or without experience, from digging to pottery washing and finds sorting, and all equipment is provided. This year we will focus on extending our knowledge of the walls and rooms found previously, and fixing the size of the whole site (still 2 more corners to go!).

The project is being run by the South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group (SOAG). Digging sessions will run every other (long) weekend, Fri-Tue, from March until the end of June.

You are welcome to come along for just one day, the whole season or whenever you can.

For more information or to sign up please email:
Stephanie Pollard (Admin.) 07833 600449
or Alan Hall (Dig Director) 07807 534701

Opens January 24th 2018 – West Berkshire Museum: Hoards

West Berkshire Museum

Special Exhibition: Hoards

Bringing together for the first time, over 11 hoards from all over West Berkshire.  A chance to see buried treasure from prehistory to the medieval period, ranging from a hoard of Bronze Age Axes, Iron Age hoards of gold coins, Roman hoards of hundreds of coins, to a hoard of coins of Charles I and James I.  Explore the history of each hoard, find out how they were found, and consider why they were hidden and never retrieved.

Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free but donations are most welcomed.
Open: Wednesday – Sunday 10am -4pm

Image: The Crow Down Hoard, Acquired 2006

More info here

Special Exhibition: Hoards