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Archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicestershire

Hinckley Archaeological Society

25 years of local archaeological investigation 1995 to 2020

Hinckley, in south-west Leicestershire, is in an area surrounded by a wealth of major archaeological and historical features from Bronze Age barrows to the crossing of two major Roman roads, Watling Street and the Fosse Way. Hinckley Archaeological Society (HAS) finds, records and interprets archaeological evidence in the Hinckley area and is open to all who take an interest in the history and archaeology of south-west Leicestershire.

Field walking is one of the key techniques that the Hinckley Archaeological Society uses to locate sites of local archaeological and historical interest. Hinckley Archaeological Society also liaises with other local archaeological and historical societies.

Members also participate in the following activities :

  • Small scale archaeological digs
  • Metal detecting
  • Landscape and village surveys
  • Educational excursions
  • Displays, talks & exhibitions
  • Helping to teach pupils about archaeology at local schools

New members are always welcome – no experience, knowledge or equipment is required !

Annual membership is £15. 

For further details and how to join the Hinckley Archaeological Society please contact either :

Theresa Withers (01455) 619425

Shirley Hailstone (01455) 636833 or sahailstone@hotmail.com

Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of each month at 7.30pm and are free to enter unless detailed otherwise. There is no need to pre-book. Doors open at 7pm and teas/coffee and biscuits (50p) served until 7.30pm. The venue is The United Reformed Church (room to the rear of the church), The Borough, Hinckley LE10 1NL.

HAS Newsletter No. 119 – March & April 2020

HAS Newsletter No. 118 – January & February 2020

Hinckley Archaeological Society (HAS) forthcoming events


Mon 6th Apr, 7.30pm: ‘The Art of Illumination’ a talk by Kathy Sedar

Kathy has been a scribe for over 30 years and is an accredited tutor of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society. She has a special interest in the traditional skills of manuscript production and the use of illumination for decorating and lettering. Kathy’s presentation will include a display of her work and the tools and materials she uses.


Sunday 17th May , 10.30am – 4.30pm: Burbage Common Family Fun Day

Burbage Common’s visitor centre will be transformed into a festival of fun for the whole family. The area around the visitor centre at the Leicester Road entrance will hold the main event in a large marquee accommodating a variety of stalls including our HAS stand for the 17th consecutive year ! Free entry & parking!!


Monday 1st June: HAS 25th Celebrations with a walk, talk and supper at the Roman Mancetter & Boudica Heritage Centre in St. Peter’s Church, The Green, Mancetter CV9 1NH


Monday 6th July: ‘DNA of Richard III’ a talk by Prof. Turi King

A Festival of Archaeology event at the United Reformed Church in the Main Sanctuary. £5 per person.


Saturday 11th July: Pottery Identification Session

A Festival of Archaeology event. Please see the HAS Newsletter No. 119 (downloadable above) for details as pre-booking is required.


Sunday 6th September: HAS “car sharing” trip to Creswell Crags

More details and booking form soon.


Mon 5th October: ‘Medieval Castles in Leicestershire & Rutland’ a talk by Mathew Morris, University of Leicester

£5 per person.