Introducing the Birmingham & Warwickshire Archaeological Society Lecture Programme for 2022 – 2023. Our lectures are open to members and non-members alike.

Our lectures are FREE for members and members of affiliated societies. Members do not need to book tickets.

When non-member tickets are released, they are available for £5 (+booking fee). You will find links to book tickets on Eventbrite below.

All lectures commence at 7pm unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday 4th October 2022

A view from the planning department; recent work and future challenges for Birmingham’s historic environment

The talk will look at recent archaeological and conservation projects that have taken place in the city whilst looking ahead to future priorities and challenges that face Birmingham’s historic environment in a time of social, climate and economic change.

Speaker: Chris Patrick

Venue: University of Birmingham Guild of Students

Non-member tickets: On sale soon

Tuesday 1st November 2022

Coleshill Hall, Moats and Gardens: wealth, treason, war and pleasure

A talk on Warwickshire’s answer to Hampton Court Palace

Between 2018 and 2022, Wessex Archaeology have carried out extensive excavations within the original grounds of Coleshill Hall, between the M6 in the south and the M42 in the north.

Archaeologists discovered a nationally significant site which contained the best-preserved 15th & 16th century gardens ever found in the UK and remains of the Coleshill Hall, moats, and gatehouse.

Speaker: Stuart Pierson

Venue: University of Birmingham Guild of Students

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Tuesday 6th December 2022

The 12th-century church and sculpture at Ansley, Warwickshire, and its context 

The church of St Laurence at Ansley in north Warwickshire typifies many ordinary rural churches of the twelfth century in its context, plan and form, but in the chancel there survives an unusual and not readily paralleled sculpture. The church has previously been dated to mid-late twelfth century, but it is here proposed that this should be revised to much earlier in the century. The context, patronage, and development of the twelfth century church will be discussed and the iconography and significance of the sculpture considered. It will be suggested that it combined generic and more specific meanings and reflects Saxo-Norman influence.

Speaker: Dr John Hunt

Venue: University of Birmingham Guild of Students

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Tuesday 10th January 2023 (12pm – 2pm)

Discovering Architecture in Black Country. Writing a Pevsner volume covering the West Midlands conurbation.

This talk by Andy Foster covers the Pevsner architectural guide to Birmingham and the Black Country, including parts of ancient Worcestershire such as Dudley, Stourbridge, Halesowen and some of the Birmingham suburbs. He will talk about writing the book and some of the buildings he discovered.

Speaker: Andy Foster

Venue: Birmingham and Midlands Institute

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Tuesday 7th February 2023 (12pm – 2pm)

Roman Warwick

We are proposing a presentation centring on Roman Warwick, which, up to this point there has been relatively scant evidence for. Archaeology Warwickshire have excavated two sites within Warwick and a third very close by which all have varying scales of Roman occupation.

Speaker: Matthew Jones

Venue: Warwick Quaker Centre

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Tuesday 7th March 2023

Re-thinking the bog bodies of later prehistoric Europe: evidence for trauma and physical injury in context

Bog bodies are the preserved remains of humans found in peat bogs. Whilst examples have been found from a broad range of periods, those dating to later prehistory have drawn the most attention. One of the reasons for this is signs of trauma, often interpreted as evidence of human sacrifice. This talk will examine the physical injuries displayed on later prehistoric bog bodies, and will consider the extent to which these support such interpretations. It will also consider the context of the bodies, as ‘scenes of crime’ to understand the final moments of these individuals and to determine whether there are patterns in the macabre behaviours during the period.

Speaker: Professor Henry Chapman

Venue: University of Birmingham Guild of Students

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Lecture Programme 2022 – 23