About us

Berkshire Archaeological Society

Patron: HM The Queen

President: Professor Michael Fulford CBE FBA FSA

Berkshire has a rich and varied landscape including parts of the Berkshire Downs, the Kennet valley, the Thames valley and the North Downs. This rich landscape is matched by a rich historic environment.

The Berkshire Archaeological Society was founded in 1871. The Society exists to explore, care and promote the Historic Environment of the past and present county of Berkshire. This will therefore also include those parts of Berkshire which became parts of other counties in 1974. The Historic Environment includes the archaeology, culture, history, and architecture of the county.

Everybody with an interest in archaeology is welcome to attend our meetings and join the Society. It does not matter whether your interest in archaeology is new found or long standing, the Society offers activities from regular lectures and outings to post- excavation research.

All members receive a regular newsletter, full of news about events in Berkshire. The Berkshire Archaeological Journal is also free to members.

The Berkshire Archaeological Society is a registered charity. (It became registered in 2006, before that it was an unregistered charity.)

Click here to download a copy of the constitution and rules


Programme of lectures : Every month from September to April

Visits and walks: to sites of interest in and around Berkshire

Annual Day School: is held annually in March. This is an opportunity to review the archaeological work done in and around Berkshire during the previous 12 months


The society leads research projects which focus on the archaeology and history of Berkshire. These include projects on the Iron Age, the Roman period, and Post-Roman/Early Saxon period AD400-600.

It supports its research with two libraries:

Berkshire Archaeology Research Library: maintains books and journals relating to the archaeology of Berkshire and the surrounding counties

Berkshire Record Office Library: with a collection of antiquarian books and books that support the work of the Berkshire Record Office


Berkshire Archaeological Journal: which records details of archaeological work done in Berkshire. Members receive copies of the journal for free

Newsletter: this is published to members four times a year

News sheet: sent to members at the beginning of each month

BAS launched a new logo in April 2020. Read about the history of our logo here

Exploring the archaeology, history and architecture of Berkshire