Activities

We arrange events of archaeological interest for our members, including study days and visits to places of interest. Unless otherwise stated, to book a place please contact Pauline Blagden at . Please also refer to the latest Chairman's monthly newsletter (available via the Newsletter link) for up to date information on forthcoming events.

2020

Behind the Scenes Visit to Fishbourne

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is now fully booked. Contact Pauline at if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Date: Thursday 6th February 2020

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Location: Discovery Centre, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Roman Way, Chichester PO19 3QR. There is plenty of parking.

Cost: Members £6.00, non-members £11.00. Payment is due by 3rd January 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: This is a great opportunity for finds processors and others involved in excavations. We will have a behind the scenes tour of the store, focusing on recent research topics and providing the opportunity to handle some of the artefacts from the reserve collections. Our guide will also touch on the subject of collections management in general, and issues such as pressures of space, deposition charges, archive preparation etc.

I hope the Cafe will be open for those wanting to stay for lunch afterwards. (It was open in February 2019.) Please note that the tour does not include admission to Fishbourne Palace and you will have to pay for this separately if you wish to visit the Palace. Only 12 places are available for the tour so book early!


Study Day: Roman Sussex led by David Rudling (Sussex School of Archaeology).

PLEASE NOTE: This event is now fully booked. Contact Pauline at if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Date: Sunday 22 March 2020

Time: 10:30 – 16:30

Location: Fishbourne Roman Palace (Rudkin Room), Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester PO19 3QR. There is plenty of parking.

Cost: Members £25, non-members £30. Payment is due by 22 February 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: This day school will introduce participants to aspects of the archaeology of Sussex immediately before and during the Roman period (AD 43-410). We will examine: historical sources,  the ‘Conquest’ of Claudius, the client kingdom of Togidubnus, the Flavian Palace at Fishbourne, the tribal civitas capital at Chichester, other nucleated settlements, roads, villas, farmsteads, field systems and farming, industry, the army, religion, burial practices and the ‘End of Roman Sussex’. These topics will be considered from the perspectives of both the Romans and the native population.


Guided Tour of Bignor Roman Villa

Date: Wednesday 22 April 2020

Time: 14:30 – 15:30

Location: Bignor Roman Villa, Bignor, West Sussex RH20 1PH. There is free parking available and also a café on site.

Cost: Members £12, non-members £17. Payment is due by 20 March 2020.

Outline: The tour will cover the historical and archaeological context of the site, interpret the figures and motifs of the mosaics and touch also on the rediscovery of the Villa and its current preservation by Bignor Roman Villa Charitable Trust. After the tour you are welcome to stay on and peruse at your leisure.


Guided Tour: Southampton Old Town and Tudor House

Date: Thursday 14 May 2020

Time: 10:30 - 15:00

Location: Meet at Tudor House and Garden, Bugle Street, Southampton SO14 2AD. The Tudor House is in Southampton City Centre and travel options can be found on their website.

Cost: Members £15, non-members £20 (if places are available). Payment is due by 17th April 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place in confirmed.

Outline: The day begins with a one hour walking tour around and under the Old Town, exploring stories of merchants, mayhem and murder along the way! This tour visits some of the medieval vaults beneath the town. Returning to the Tudor House, participants may have lunch in the café or make their own arrangements. A special deal is available in the café if you choose your meal in advance and details will be sent to those who sign up. In the afternoon we will have a one hour guided tour of the Tudor House and Garden which includes behind the scenes access to the attics and cellars. There will be time to explore the house and garden on your own after the tour.

PLEASE NOTE: You need to be reasonably fit to participate in this activity. You will need to be on your feet walking and standing for the walk in the Old Town and there are some uneven surfaces, slopes and steep steps to negotiate. Most of the Tudor House is accessible to people with mobility impairment. However the attics and cellars are only accessible by steep steps. Some areas of the garden are also accessed by steep steps.


Study Day: The Archaeology of Death and Commemoration led by Simon Stevens, Senior Archaeologist at Archaeology South-East.

Date: Saturday 6 June 2020

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Fishbourne Roman Palace (Rudkin Room), Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester PO19 3QR. There is plenty of parking.

Cost: Members £25, non-members £30. Payment is due by 1 May 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: The study of human remains can be one of the most exciting and rewarding elements of archaeology, providing direct evidence of the condition (and indeed conditions) of our ancestors. Skeletal remains can harbour a variety of information ranging from gender and stature, to lifestyle and disease. In the exact opposite method to a modern doctor, the archaeologist may be able to see what was wrong with an individual and then work out the symptoms. Perhaps a less recognised element of the study of death is the archaeological analysis of monuments associated with commemoration and remembrance. From Neolithic tombs to Commonwealth war grave cemeteries, attitudes to the deceased can be literally set in stone. Country churchyards, too, can reveal a surprising array of memorials and approaches to celebrating the deceased.


Study Day: Chichester’s Maritime Past led by writer and historian Ian Friel.

Date: Saturday 28 November 2020

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Fishbourne Roman Palace (Rudkin Room), Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester PO19 3QR. There is plenty of parking.

Cost: Members £25, non-members £30. Payment is due by 30 October 2020. Details of how to pay will be sent when your place is confirmed.

Outline: Covering the area from Pagham Harbour to Chichester Harbour, and the period from prehistory onwards, this study day will explore Chichester’s maritime history through both archaeological and historical sources, drawing on Ian’s own research. The maritime history of this area is much richer than sometimes realised. It includes, for instance, an Elizabethan sailor from Chichester who vanished in the Indian Ocean, the Harbour's role as a grain-exporting haven in the 18th century, its surprising history in constructing Georgian warships, the local oyster fishery, and the development of yachting and leisure boating in the 20th century.