Future Programme of Lectures and Events

The Vestry Rooms are currently closed on safety grounds, and lectures will take place as 'Zoom' sessions, with 'Question and Answer' at the end. The timing will still be 8:00pm to 9:15pm on the original dates.
Stephen Alexander will send out 'Zoom' invitations to everybody on his list. If you are not on his list then please send him your address (see 'Contacts' tab)

Lectures & Events for Spring 2022
14 January, 2022
Birsay, Orkney, centre of the Viking Earldom and Bishopric of Orkney, and its antecedents. Exploring over two centuries of archaeological investigations

Dr Chris Morris, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology , University of Glasgow
11 February, 2022 A diachronic focus on Alta*, the changes through five thousand years and what they might mean
*(Alta - World Heritage Rock Art site in North Norway)
Prof Knut Helskog, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
11 March, 2022 A Bronze Age funerary landscape and Anglo Saxon settlement and cemetery at Overstone Leys Simon Markus, Museum of London Archaeology
8 April, 2022 The Palaces of Richmond and Kew Susan Rhodes
13 May, 2022
(followed by AGM)
National Trusts sites in London Nathalie Cohen, NT
Saturday 21 May, 2022
Guided tour of excavations of the Magnetic Observatory, and then walk round other Greenwich sites
Members are to arrange their own transport and meet at the Greenwich Grandstand (near the observatory) at 13:00 (1pm) . It was decided that this would give greater flexibility for traveling and members having refreshments (something for lunch) beforehand.
After Andrew Mayfield has shown us the Magnetic Observatory excavations we will have a gentle walk, mainly down-hill, taking in the Roman remains, Queen Elizabeth’s Oak, the Old Reservoir, the Anglo-Saxon Cemetery and the Conduit House, on the way to St. Mary’s Gate. Members are free to join this walk or not.
Below are links to maps and details of the sites. You may wish to print these out for yourself or have it on phone or tablet: -
Greenwich Park Map
Details of Greenwich Park Sites
Further details are available:-
Friends Website
Andrew Mayfield, Archaeologist Royal Parks
Lectures & Events for Autumn 2022
9 September, 2022
Fulham Palace, the significance of the Bishops and the development of the Palace as a residence from 1150 onwards Alexis Haslam – community archaeologist Fulham Palace
14 October, 2022
Who are you calling Neanderthal? Recent research at Shanidar cave, Iraqi Kurdistan Dr Tim Reynolds, Birkbeck
11 November, 2022
Marble Hill {title to be confirmed} Thomas Cromwell, Historic England
9 December, 2022
Results from excavations of a Middle Anglo-Saxon malting complex at Sedgeford Dr Eleanor Blakelock, SHARP director of excavations
Lectures & Events for Spring 2023
13 January, 2023
Archaeology in the Royal Parks. Andrew Mayfield, Community Archaeologist, Royal Parks
10 February, 2023
Life in Wales in the Time of Asser and King Alfred
(Asser, who was a monk at St Davids, was the biographer of King Alfred and attended his court in the 890s)
Prof Nancy Edwards, Bangor
10 March, 2023
Shakespearean playhouses Heather Knight, Museum of London Archaeology ('MOLA')
21 April, 2023
Surviving in Lower Palaeolithic Europe Prof Rob Hosfield Reading
12 May, 2023
Syon Abbey – a summary Bob Cowie, MOLA
10 June, 2023
? Field trip TBC