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The Wildlife of the Shetlands – Webinar Presentation

Shetland Webinar by Naturetrek Leader Matt Eade February 8 @ 19:30 - 21:00 Shetland, an archipelago steeped in history, culture, and home to a staggering number of breeding seabirds and is also now one of the favoured regions in UK waters to observe a variety of whales and dolphins. These ancient lands support a wealth […]

“Malcolm X and the Genealogy of Black Power” by Dr Tom Davies

Birchall Hall, Queens College Trull Road, Taunton

An 2022-23 Historical Association event Young black militants calling for 'Black Power' in mid-1966 were famously referred to as 'the angry children of Malcolm X' - but what was Malcolm X's impact on the Black Power movement that emerged after his assassination? And what can we learn about the longer history of Black Power from […]

Peter Wickens Fry Talk

Somerset Heritage Centre Brunel Way. Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton

Peter Wickens Fry is little known today but, when he died in 1860, he was referenced in almost every newspaper as "the veteran photographer." He was born in Compton Bishop/Axbridge but moved to London to join the family solicitor's business and became involved with many of the pioneers of photography. He was a founding member […]


Limestone Plants by David Walker (followed by the AGM)

Wells and Mendip Museum 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset

David is the Hon. Curator at the Museum and has been a keen member of local caving clubs for many years. Unsurprisingly, his interest in the caves found in areas of limestone has also led to the plants found there. Meetings are held in The Lecture Hall at Wells & Mendip Museum. Admission FREE for […]

“Creating a ‘Usable Past’: The Legacy of the 1917 Revolution in Modern Russia” by Dr Matthew Rendle

Birchall Hall, Queens College Trull Road, Taunton

An 2022-23 Historical Association event The Russian Revolution remains a deeply problematic historical moment in modern Russia. On the one hand Putin's Russia tries to harness the past to strengthen patriotism and project state authority, and there was little of either evident between 1917 and 1922 in Russian as revolution descended into brutal civil war. […]

“A Trip to Steep Holm” Webinar by Stephen Parker

SANHS Webinar

Stephen Parker is the chairman of the Kenneth Allsop Memorial Trust who maintain the island  of Steep Holm in memory of Kenneth Allsop (1920-1973), broadcaster and champion of Natural History causes. There is a charge for this event of £5.00.  Payment and full details, including Zoom registration, registration details will be published nearer the time.

Westbury “villa rustica” – an excavation in progress by Andrew Buchanan

Wells and Mendip Museum 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset

Since 2020 the Westbury Society Archaeology Group has been excavating a recently discovered Romano British building. It is believed to be the owner's home of a farmstead, and the size of the house, plus finds so far, indicate a degree of wealth, though not sufficient to afford a mosaic floor. Despite being fairly modest compared […]


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.