Our lecture series for the next year is now available online – you can find abstracts for upcoming events on our Lectures page.

Our first this season is something a little bit different. On the 15 September at 1pm, Birmingham archaeology experts and BWAS Committee members Mike Hodder and Stephanie Rátkai will be hosting a historical walk and talk around Birmingham’s archaeological highlights. This is fantastic opportunity to listen and learn about Birmingham’s fascinating past through the physical remains which lie beneath the City’s urban landscape. The talk will take place at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, and the guided walk will follow.


Birmingham’s Hidden History: Talk and Walk with Mike Hodder and Stephanie Rátkai

Mike Hodder
Town-Park Boundary Ditch (c) Mike Hodder

Over 20 years of archaeological excavations in the historic core of Birmingham have overturned the popular perception that Birmingham didn’t get off the ground until the 18th century. This illustrated talk by some of the archaeologists involved in these excavations will explore the wealth of archaeological information about ancient, prehistoric landscapes, medieval life and industry, and clearly perceptible and increasing industrial development in the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as archaeological evidence for the City of a Thousand Trades, including sites which have not yet been published. The talk will be followed by a guided walk pointing out sites in the historic centre of Birmingham.

Dr Mike Hodder was for many years Birmingham City Archaeologist.

Stephanie Rátkai is a Birmingham-based archaeologist and pottery specialist.


2015-2016 Lecture series available