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Iron Age and Roman Silchester – Bath and Counties Archaeological Society

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution 16 - 18 Green Square, Bath

Professor Michael Fulford and Bath and Counties Archaeological Society present his talk, "Silchester Revealed: Iron Age and Roman Silchester in light of recent research". It will cover s the 20 years of excavation recorded in a new book Silchester Revealed, and looks at more recent findings including work at the baths.   All lectures at […]


Isca – the Roman Legionary Fortress at Caerleon


January's Archaeology Online event is a free Zoom Webinar: Isca - the Roman Legionary Fortress at Caerleon. The legionary fortress at Caerleon, known to the Romans as Isca, was established in AD 74 or 75 during the final campaigns to subdue the fierce native tribes of western Britain, notably the Silures who had provided the […]


Joints in Timber Framing

SANHS Webinar

Join the SANHS Historic Building Committee for a free webinar by Tony Harding: Joints in Timber Framing: Carpentry in some Early Dunster Houses. Tony, who has been working with the Early Dunster Project, takes a look at some of the carpentry techniques found in the historic buildings of Dunster, with the subtle variations and personal touches […]


Natural History Members’ Meeting

Taunton Quaker Meeting House 13 Bath Place, Taunton, Somerset

Join SANHS' Natural History Committee for their Members' Meeting on Feb 5th, 2.30pm. Programme to be arranged. Refreshments will be provided! Email [email protected] to book.

Tom Mayberry – The Bishops of Winchester and Taunton


The Local History Committee presents A Fair Domain: The Bishops of Winchester and Taunton, a webinar by Tom Mayberry. Join us on Wednesday 16 February at 7.30pm. Two centuries after the Bishops of Winchester gave us their lordship of the Manor of Taunton Deane (February 1822), Tom Mayberry considers their shaping role during 900 years […]


Bats in Somerset

Taunton Quaker Meeting House 13 Bath Place, Taunton, Somerset

A lecture by Ed and Helen Wells, vice chair and Bat Recorders for Somerset, for the SANHS' Natural History Committee. Join us for a fascinating illustrated talk on these little known but so interesting mammals. March 5th - doors open at 2.00pm for a 2.30pm start. Book at [email protected] Refreshments are included.


The Eastons of Bradford

Castle House Museum of Somerset, Taunton

Colin Spackman presents this live event with SANHS' Local History Committee. Come to Castle House on 12 March at 2pm to learn more about the Eastons, a remarkable family of local engineering pioneers.     Book at or email [email protected] or ring 01823 272429 before 11 March.   Refreshments will be available in the […]


Annual Archaeology Day

Wembdon Village Hall Homberg Way, Wembdon, Bridgwater

Join SANHS' Archaeology Committee on Saturday 26 March at Wembdon Village Hall. The morning session brings a panel of speakers discussing aspects of current archaeology in Somerset. In the afternoon, keynote speaker John Allen will present on further archaeological research at Glastonbury. It looks to be a fascinating and informative day. Please come prepared to […]


Battle of Dyrham, AD577 – Interdisciplinary Conference


This one day conference hosted by Dr James Gerrard (Newcastle University) and Dr Alex Woolf (University of St Andrews) will be held online by zoom on the 2nd April 2022. The event is free but tickets must be booked using the following link: The Battle of Dyrham in AD577 is an event recorded in […]


Thurlbear Wood Trip

Join the Natural History Committee for their visit to Thurlbear Wood - led by Simon Leach. This interesting wood is crowded with spring flowers, and early butterflies on the adjacent Quarrylands limestone grassland. Spring migrant birds will be in full song.   Meet at ST 274 212, 11am-3pm, and bring a packed lunch. The route […]

Watchet Radio Museum

Saturday 23rd April.  2pm   An afternoon at the Radio Museum, in collaboration with SANHS Local History Committee. John Page and the Museum curator will ensure you have a very enjoyable and informative afternoon. All welcome. Donation to the museum would be appreciated. To book please email [email protected]   For those wishing to travel by train the […]

The Chapels and Meeting-houses of Somerset: a proud architectural legacy

  A Lecture by Julian Orbach Thursday   28th April, 2022     7.30pm The talk will be about the architecture of nonconformist denominations in Somerset, looking at the chapels and meeting-houses of the Baptists, Congregationalists, Methodists, Quakers and Unitarians, showing what varied and fine buildings there are from the time of Queen Anne through the Georgian period […]


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.