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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

King Athelstan and the Making of England

An online lecture by historian Michael Wood and the Bath & Counties Archaeological Society. Athelstan was King of the Anglo-Saxons from 924 and from 927 until his death in 939 was recognised as King of England after defeating the Viking King of York. Athelstan was the grandson of Alfred the Great (and son of Edward […]

What is Missing from the Bayeux Tapestry?

Online

A Zoom talk by Professor Michael Lewis and the Bath & Counties Archaeological Society. In this talk, Professor Lewis will unravel the story told in the Bayeux Tapestry, but also examine what is not shown. As it stands, the Tapestry presents a binary conflict between Harold and William for the English throne, putting to one […]

Free

Historic Carpentry: Timbers, Tools and Joints

Online

A webinar presentation by SANHS and Joe Thompson: "Historic Carpentry: Timbers, Tools and Joints". Due to popular demand, this webinar is oversubscribed. Please head to YouTube to watch a livestream: https://youtu.be/EjwZ1e-X_XY Your questions and comments will be passed live back to Joe.

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

The SANHS AGM

Online

SANHS members: join us on Zoom for the 2021 Annual General Meeting, followed by a talk on Fairfield by Bob Croft. Please email [email protected] for a link to join. The agenda is as follows:  

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

A Story of Tiles

Online

A Story of Tiles: commercial and cultural relationships between northern Brittany and the Bristol Channel area during the 19th century   Join SANHS for this free Zoom lecture by Michael Batt. Originally from Bristol, Michael is a retired archaeologist who has lived and worked in Brittany since 1977. He worked for the Regional Archaeology Service […]

Free

The Nature of Somerset’s Coast

Online

Join the SANHS Natural History Committee and Nigel Phillips for a Zoom webinar about the Somerset coast     Somerset's coast is a place of great diversity, in its landscapes, and in its wildlife. From lower shore rock pools, the birds on the beaches, to plant and insect life on cliff tops and dunes, it […]

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

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.