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Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society
Founded 1855

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Lecture Programme

Lectures held in person are normally held at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery (please use main entrance from New Walk). Lectures given online in 2021/22 will be delivered using Zoom, with prior booking using Eventbrite required.

Update 7/1/22: The event on the 20/1/22 is now postponed until later in the year - probably July 2022. 

Every year the Alan and Joan 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 form an important part of the annual programme of activities. Between September and May 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. Links to in person and online booking details for all lectures can be found on our Eventbrite page.

Programme for the 2021-22 season.

Alternative arrangements continue to be made on a lecture by lecture basis due to the continuing Coronavirus pandemic. At the time of writing (August 2021), Leicester is no longer in lockdown. Although public lectures are now permitted with restrictions in place, the first lecture of the year, will be given online. Information relating to future events will be emailed to members, and updated on these website pages.

We will continue to make as many lectures as possible available digitally whether live, or a few days after the lecture was given, as previous lectures have been well attended locally, nationally and internationally.

Our Lecture Secretary, Yolanda Courtney, has organised an excellent series of lectures for the upcoming season on a wide range of topics. Audience numbers will be capped at 300 for the live streamed lectures, and booking via Eventbrite will be essential. Details (with instructions on how to participate) will be sent out 2-3 weeks before. If un-booked spaces remain available in the final week before the event, we will advertise publicly and hope to attract a wide audience. If you have a personal computer, laptop or even a smart phone, it is relatively straightforward to join a Zoom meeting once you have the meeting number and password.

Links to in person and online booking details for all lectures can be found on our Eventbrite page.


Date Subject Lecturer

23 September


Scarborough High Middle Ages Lecture

Before Wat Tyler: peasant rebellion in the East Midlands in the thirteenth century

This lecture will be given online using 'Zoom'. Tickets (which are free) will need to be booked through Eventbrite

Prof Chris Dyer

University of Leicester


4 November


Dabbling in the dark arts: How the Church embraced Arabic astrology and opened the door to modern science


This lecture will be given live and streamed online using 'Zoom'. Tickets (which are free) will need to be booked through Eventbrite for both attendance at the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, and via Zoom
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Dr Chris Mitchell

University of Wales, Trinity St. David



24 November 2021

at 7.30pm

The 166th Annual General Meeting

followed by:

Luxury galore: the prisoners at Donington Park

This meeting will be held at the Guildhall, Leicester. Members please book tickets using the Eventbrite link distributed by email, to enable us to gauge attendance at the meeting.

Robin Jenkins

Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland

Thursday 2


Diet and migration at Ketton Quarry: an isotopic perspective.

The live event at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, New Walk is now cancelled.

Please book tickets to attend via Zoom using Eventbrite

Dr Sam Leggett

University of Oxford/University of Edinburgh


13 January

A recent Roman discovery in Rutland

This lecture is an online only event. Please book tickets to attend via Zoom using Eventbrite

Jennifer Browning

University of Leicester Archaeological Services


20 January


Postponed: Joint lecture with the Prehistoric Society and the Leicestershire Fieldworkers

Kindred: Neanderthal life, love, death and art

Rebecca Wragg Sykes

School of Archaeology, University of Liverpool


10 February


Members' Evening

Matthew Beamish: Historic field systems in Fleckney and Saddington

Simon Atkins: Research into the Gartree Road in South-east Leicestershire

Dr Gavin Speed: new approaches to reconstructing Roman Leicester

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery


10 March


The Alan and Joan North Memorial Lecture

Did the Romans have a typical East Midlands town? What makes a Roman town, with particular reference to Leicestershire and Northamptonshire


Ian Meadows


Independent Consultant


31 March


A middle to late Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Rothley, The Grange

Rob Atkins

Museum of London Archaeology


28 April



Council housing before 1915: Hinckley and other pioneers

Paul Griffiths

Local Historian



12 May


An overview of investigations undertaken by Albion Archaeology in Leicestershire and Rutland

Mike Luke

Albion Archaeology


26 May


Burial and settlement around the causewayed enclosure at Husbands Bosworth

Matthew Beamish & James Harvey

University of Leicester Archaeological Services