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Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society
Founded 1855

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Lecture Programme

Lectures are normally held at 7.30pm. on Thursday evenings at New Walk Museum – please use main entrance from New Walk

The AGM is on 22nd November 2017 at the Guildhall.

Every year the W A North Memorial lecture is held in March and covers a topic related to the Roman Republic or Empire. The recently inaugurated John Scarborough Lecture is also held annually, and covers an aspect of the High Medieval in the East Midlands.

Photograph of a lecture

Lectures to members of the Society form an important part of the annual programme of activities. Between September and April lectures are held approximately every two or three weeks and consist of a mixture of history and archaeology topics usually on subjects which have local significance. However, on occasions subjects of national and international importance feature in the programme.

Programme for the 2017-18 season.

All lectures will be held at New Walk Museum at 7.30pm apart from the AGM on 22nd November

Date Subject Lecturer

28 September


Scarborough High Middle Ages Lecture

Pots, Pins and Other Possessions: Things That People Owned in the High Middle Ages

Prof. David Hinton

University of Southampton


24 October


Equity & Co.: Leicester’s Pioneering 20th Century Worker Co-operatives

Prof. Peter Ackers

Loughborough University


22 November


The 162nd Annual General Meeting

at The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ

Followed by:
New Discoveries at Bradgate Park: Preliminary Results from the Third Season of Excavation

Dr. Richard Thomas

School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester.


7 December

Captain Pouch and the East Midlands Enclosure Riots of 1607

Len Holden

Market Harborough Historical Society


11 January

The Viking Great Army and the Making of England

Prof. Dawn Hadley

University of Sheffield


8 February

The Rise and Fall of Cult Worship in the Gwash Valley of Rutland

Jim Brown

Museum of London Archaeology


22 February


Members’ Evening


8 March


W. Alan North Memorial Lecture

Roman London’s First Voices: the Bloomberg Tablets and their Archaeological Context



Roger Tomlin, Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford & John Pearce, Department of Classics, Kings College, London


12 April


Stibbe’s Secrets Revealed: Unearthing Roman mosaics, houses and streets in Leicester

Gavin Speed

University of Leicester Archaeological Services


26 April


How to Read a Church: the View from the Middle Ages

Dr. Miriam Gill

University of Leicester


24 May



‘Let Steeple Bells be Swungen’: the History and Archaeology of Bells and Bell-founding

Chris Pickford

John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum and Archive, Loughborough