Young Somerset Historians

Join us if you want to explore the heritage of Somerset.

Anyone under 18 years of age can join for £10 a year. Students in full-time education are treated as Juniors until graduating or reaching the age of 22, whichever is earlier.

Junior Membership of SANHS entitles you to:

    • use of the Members' Room of the Museum of Somerset in Taunton Castle,
    • free entry to the Museum of Rural life in the Abbey Barn at Glastonbury,
    • a free copy of the Society’s annual Proceedings and Newsletter,
    • free entry to some of the Society’s events and talks,
    • free use of the Members' meeting rooms in the Castle and Heritage Centre.

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Fairfield Community Archaeology Project

“Fairfield is great because you don’t just learn about archaeology, you get to really do it. You become the first person to touch this particular piece of pottery or bone for hundreds of years. It’s a real dig, not something that has already been discovered.” - Peter, aged 14, Kilve Court Team.

©Rachel Shaw

2009-2010 saw the final phase of the Fairfield Community Archaeology Project. With funding from the Big Lottery Fund, Somerset County Council and SANHS, among others, we were able to expand the fieldwork season, giving more groups the chance to enjoy an expertly-tutored experience of many aspects of archaeological fieldwork. They included pupils from Stogursey Primary, Carhampton Youth Club, young teens from Kilve Court Education Centre, ‘A’ level and undergraduate students from local colleges, and adult volunteers who staffed the last, rainy week in November. Alan Graham and Dick Broomhead directed the archaeology, and, amongst much else, led the teams to the final exciting discovery of the elusive surrounding wall of 1473 and one of its ‘seven round towers’.

For more about the Fairfield Project’s achievements in 2009/10 go to and look under ‘Project Reports’.



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