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The Society promotes archaeology, local history and natural history by:

      • Publicising public meetings, events and fieldwork[click here ]
      • Publishing research [click here ]
      • Awarding grants to support research and promote archaeology and natural history [click here ]

The Society’s headquarters, library and archive collections are at the Somerset Heritage Centre in Norton Fitzwarren. Books can be borrowed from this collection by members of the Society. Membership includes:

    • Reduced entry fee for the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury,
    • A copy of the Society’s annual Proceedings (a journal of archaeological and historical papers).

Click here to download an application form and read the Privacy Notice.


The Society caters for the needs of the archaeologist, naturalist and historian by arranging a comprehensive programme of events and enables members of similar interests to meet and exchange ideas. Meetings are organised by Society Committees or by its County-wide Associated Societies.


Leaving a Legacy to the Society

Any legacy made to the benefit of the Society is free of Inheritance Tax. The Society welcomes such gifts to support its charitable objects. You might wish to support the Society in all its work or you may wish to consider leaving a legacy to one of our special funds such as the Maltwood, Gray or Natural Science Research Fund. For example, we are most grateful for the gift of £20,000 from Nicholas Deas to augment the endowment of the Maltwood Fund for archaeological and historical research. To arrange for a legacy you will need to make or amend your existing Will. Advice can be sought from your solicitor and from the Honorary Treasurer.

Tel: 01823 272429 or [email protected]

The Society continues to be the only organisation of its kind covering the whole of the historic County of Somerset.



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