Lectures Programme 2018/19

All talks start at 7:30 at BRLSI with an admission charge of £4 for members (on display of a current BACAS membership card), and £5 for the general public.


8 Nov — Archaeology of the Bath Abbey Footprint Project : The story so far

Cai Mason, Wessex Archaeology

The Bath Abbey Footprint Project is a Heritage Lottery Fund project to repair the Abbey’s collapsing floor, install a new heating system using Bath’s hot springs, and provide new, improved space and facilities for the Abbey.

Wessex Archaeology is undertaking an archaeological investigation at this significant World Heritage site and are already making many discoveries.

Cai Mason, Senior Project Officer, will show us what has been found to date including evidence of Mesolithic, Roman and Saxon activity, an exceptional early 14th-century tiled floor, remains of the earlier Norman Cathedral and the unusual contents of a forgotten Georgian sewer !

13 Dec – Upton Cheney Excavations

Tony Roberts, Archeoscan

The ‘Hanging Hill Excavations’ to the east of Upton Cheyney have been carried out as a training dig by Archeoscan since 2012 when a trial excavation verified the presence of some significant Roman buildings and material of high status.

Archeoscan is a private company founded by Tony Roberts, a former Air Traffic Controller, now a professional archaeologist specialising in providing opportunities for community involvement in all aspects of archaeology on several sites in the South Cotswolds area.
Tony will tell us the results of the most recent digging season and explain the findings. It has been suggested that this site may be associated with the Roman pewter works on Lansdown, which BACAS may investigate further in the future.

10 Jan – Mendip Mounds at Priddy

Jodie Lewis

Dr. Jodie Lewis is a Principal Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Worcester. She has been researching the prehistoric archaeology of Mendip for 20 years and has published extensively on this topic, including her 2011 monograph The Archaeology of Mendip; 500,000 years of continuity and change. Her talk will consider the results of her recent excavations in the parish of Priddy, which encompasses the Neolithic to post-medieval periods. The project has run since 2012 and has shed new light on the development and utilization of this upland landscape.

4 Feb — AGM – Members Projects

Details to be announced later.

14 Mar — Rev Skinner in the Bath area

Sophie Hawke

‘Excursions in the 1800s with Rev John Skinner: Rector and Antiquarian’
Rev John Skinner was appointed Rector of Camerton, Somerset in 1800. He was a keen antiquarian and a prolific writer, producing over 130 manuscript notebooks detailing accounts of his life as a clergyman and his numerous trips to archaeological sites at home and abroad.

Sophie Hawke will discuss her research into the life of Rev Skinner, a man often frustrated by his parishioners, and she will examine his manuscripts of visits to archaeological sites in Bath and the surrounding area, together with an evaluation of Skinner’s contribution to local archaeology.

Sophie Hawke is a long-standing member and former committee member of BACAS. She has also been a Trustee of Bradford on Avon Museum since 2005, during which time she studied Landscape Archaeology at University of Bristol. With the support of Bradford on Avon Museum and assistance from the Art Fund, Sophie has been researching Rev Skinner’s journals at the British Library.

All talks are at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN.  Admission charge of £4 for members (on display of a current BACAS membership card), and £5 for the general public. Pay on the door.
Photo by Ad Meskens – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12567818