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Building with Sarsen stones in southern England

Online

Join the Somerset Vernacular Buildings Research Group for a free Zoom webinar by Dr Katie Whitaker. This discussion of Sarsen stones is based on a talk she gave to the Wiltshire Buildings Record annual symposium in 2019.  Recent research on the movement of the stones that form Stonehenge make this topical! The Zoom link will […]

Free

Guilty Pleasures

Online

Join Blagdon Local History Society for this Zoom webinar by Chris Bigg. Using Bristol archives and his own research Chris will chart the history of  three of the major trades which enriched the city: chocolate, beer and tobacco. Email [email protected] and get a link to join.

Free

Village Magic and Witchcraft

Online

Join Somerset Vernacular Buildings Research Group for this webinar by Professor Ronald Hutton. Professor Hutton (M.A.(Cantab.), D.Phil.(Oxon.), F.R.Hist.S., F.S.A., FLSW, FBA) is a leading authority on history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs. He is a […]

Free

Crime and punishment

Online

Join Blagdon Local History Society for this Zoom webinar by Esther Hoyle. Esther is a professional archivist working at the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton.  Her talks, illustrated with items from the huge archive housed there, are always lively and interesting. Email [email protected] and get a link to join.    

Free

The creation of Blagdon Lake

Online

Join Blagdon Local History Society for this Zoom webinar by Jacky Kerly. Unimagined changes for the village when the Bristol Water Company embarked on the building of a dam, flooding a valley to create a reservoir and subsequently a world famous fishery.  All before today’s mechanisation. Email [email protected] and get a link to join.

Free

The Winscombe Project 

Online

Join Blagdon Local History Society for this Zoom webinar by Teresa Hall. Teresa is involved with a long-term local project using evidence to examine historic settlement patterns of dispersed hamlets and farmsteads and how these developed into what we have today.  She will explain the methods the group have used. Email [email protected] and get a […]

Free

SANHS EVENTS

GRADING OF WALKS

Events are graded from 1-4 in difficulty. The grading is found in the event description in the calendar on this page. Keep in mind that a change in weather conditions can make a walk more difficult than anticipated. All walks and activities demand a basic level of fitness, suitable footwear and waterproof clothing.

1 Easy – generally even ground with a few gentle slopes; no special fitness needed.  Comfortable footwear required.

2 Moderate – for reasonably fit people, may include unsurfaced rural paths and tracks, moderate slopes, uneven surfaces, steps and stiles. Walking shoes/boots required.

3 Strenuous – for fit, experienced walkers, will include hills, uneven surfaces, tracks and may include muddy terrain. Walking boots and waterproof clothing are essential.

4 Confined spaces – including caves and attics. Locations may be dusty, slippery and dark.

Activity leaders carry out a risk assessment beforehand. Participants are required to provide emergency contact details before taking part in an activity – this information is destroyed by the group leader after the activity has taken place.