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Village Magic and Witchcraft


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 […]


Crime and punishment


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.    


A Story of Tiles


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 […]


The Nature of Somerset’s Coast


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 […]


The creation of Blagdon Lake


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.



St Andrews Church Hall 6 Kington RoadTaunton,

SANHS members: join us for the postponed 2021 Annual General Meeting. It will be held in person at St Andrews Church Hall on Saturday 11th September. The Agenda and reports can be viewed here. Please note: there is VERY LIMITED disabled parking at the venue, where possible members should use Kilkenny car park, Clifton Terrace, TA2 7QL - […]

The Somerset Dialect

West Harptree Memorial Hall Compton Martin Rd,West Harptree,

The Harptrees History Society presents a talk by Professor Richard Coates: 'The Somerset Dialect'. This will be held at the West Harptree Memorial Hall, at 7.30pm on the 29 September. Visitors are welcome. Doors open at 7pm. To book, contact [email protected]


Bronze Age Day – Part One


Join the SANHS Archaeology Committee for this virtual event on Saturday 2 October. Please sign up via Eventbrite: Programme for the day: 11:00 - 11:15 Introduction David Baker and David Dawson 11:15 - 12:00 Rash Speculators and Competent Authorities – Encounters past and present with Somerset’s Bronze Age metalwork Martyn Barber (Historic England) 12:00 […]


The Winscombe Project


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 […]


Locating the Burh in Axbridge

SANHS Webinar

A webinar by the SANHS Local History Committee. John Page will reveal both the location of the burh and of its market-place, based primarily on documentary and topographic evidence. To book, contact [email protected] or register directly at: This is a free event, with donations to the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society welcome. If […]




Axbridge Archaeological & Local History Society presents a talk about the HMS Fox by Rod Hutchings.  The ship was launched in 1893.  After a long service the ship was decommissioned in 1919, sold in 1920 and scrapped in Watchet Harbour by the Cardiff Scrap and Salvage company, in the autumn of 1923. She is still […]


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.