Discovering Local Heritage and Archaeology
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Hinckley Archaeological Society (HAS) forthcoming events
Sunday 12th May: Burbage Common Family Fun Day (10.30am – 4.30pm) Free entry and parking!!
Burbage Common’s visitor centre (LE10 3DD) 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 16th consecutive year ! Tel. Theresa (01455) 619425 for more details.
Monday 3rd June: ‘My Life as an Auctioneer’ a talk by TVs top celebrity auctioneer, Charles Hanson.
In 2002 Charles was chosen to become an expert on BBC One’s Bargain Hunt with whom he continues to film, and also appears on every series of the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip. Venue : Main Sanctuary of the United Reformed Church. £8 per person no need to pre-book. For further details tel. Shirley (01455) 636833.
Monday 8th July: ‘Richard III: The King Under the Car Park’ a talk by University of Leicester Archaeological Services archaeologist Mathew Morris.
Six years have passed since Mathew gave HAS a presentation about the newly excavated Richard III. We welcome Mathew back to update us on all the fascinating information derived from further analysis & tests. Do NOT miss this opportunity to know more about Richard III’s life. Venue : The United Reformed Main Church. £5 per person no need to pre-book. For further details tel. Shirley (01455) 636833.
Sunday 8th September: HAS Summer Coach Trip to Birmingham
We will be going to Birmingham to visit the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, the Pen Museum and the Coffin Works Museum. Price (including coach travel & admission) £32 per person. Essential to pre-book with Marion (01455) 233978.
Monday 7th Oct: HAS Finds Identification Session for Crab Tree Farm & other fields
Monday 4th Nov: ‘The Historic Environment Record (HER) System’ a talk by Ben Wallace, HER manager of Warwickshire County Council.
There is a wealth of information for anyone interested in archaeology, built heritage and history of an area held within a national network of HER’s. Ben will highlight how they can provide information on a wide variety of buildings and sites, from prehistoric flint tools to medieval castles and Second World War pillboxes. HER’s are a primary source of information for planning, development-control work and land management. Venue : The United Reformed Main Church. £5 per person no need to pre-book. For further details tel. Shirley (01455) 636833.