Monday, 20 May 2019

Henley Archaeological and Historical Group

THE group has started the new year with a spring in its step.

The first two talks, organised by Tony Lynch, have proved very successful with a full house at each meeting.

Several trips are on the agenda. We will be going to Apothecaries Livery Hall in London on Thursday, April 18 (sold out) and there is trip to the Bourton House Garden and Sezincote House near Moreton-in-Marsh on September 25.

In July, we are planning a visit to the excavations by Professor Mike Fulford at Silchester, which are being resumed this summer, to discover more of the area of the town’s baths which is located not far from the church within the Roman walls.

The archaeological dig at Market Place Mews in Henley has ended.

We await the archaeologists’ report about what they have learnt of the many uses these medieval burgage plots have served over the past eight centuries and perhaps also those predating the medieval town.

The lecture series continues during spring.

On April 2 Jenny Knight and Kay Gough, from the Museum of English Rural Life, will tell us about the museum and the Swing Riots and how they unfolded in Berkshire in 1830 and 1831.

On May 7 Dr Dave Carless will talk about Blewbury, which has a wealth of archaeology spreading over the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and later periods. The Blewbury Big Dig project, which he co-directs, is a joint initiative between the South Oxfordshire Archaeology Group and the Blewbury Local History Group.

On June 4 Robert Heath-Whyte will talk about St Mary’s Church in Chalgrove and its 44 paintings dating from 1320, which have recently been cleaned and conserved during a £1.2 million refurbishment.

He will reveal the stories that these paintings tell and their important place in the history of European medieval church art.

Lectures are held in King’s Arms Barn at 7.45pm. All are welcome, non-members pay £4.

For more information about the group, visit ha&hg.org.uk

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