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The aim of Lancashire Archaeological Society is to promote archaeology in Lancashire. We do this through talks and visits to excavations, museums and sites of interest. Although we are always interested to see your photos and chance finds, we are not a digging society.

Please see our gallery of photographs on our Flickr page here and check out our Facebook page here about archaeology in Lancashire and new and interesting items on archaeology generally.  

We hold a mixture of Zoom and face to face  meetings, on the third Friday of every month, 7.30pm to 9.00pm January to April and October to November. Our meetings are held at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Ingol, Preston, PR2 3ZU  Map available here: Google Map Link

NEXT LAS EVENTS

image from taken from the Spode Museum Trust.

The Potteries Museum and the Spode Heritage Centre

Stoke on Trent

Full day – Saturday 24 September 2022

The Society has arranged a guided tour at each museum.  To book please email: fionamair7@gmail.com

The first tour is at the Potteries Museum with Joe Perry at 11.30 focussing on the Archaeological gallery and, of course, the Staffordshire Hoard.

After a lunch break we will make our way to the Spode Heritage Centre where we will have an introductory talk at 2.30 on their world famous “Blue Collection” followed by a walk around the factory to see archaeological aspects of the site.  At end of the tour, we will have the privilege of tea and biscuits served on the blue and white Spode china. This will be at approximately 4.30 pm.

Times

You will need to be at:

·       the Potteries Museum by 11.10 am

·       the Spode Heritage Centre by 2.15 pm

Costs

Potteries Museum and Art Gallery £6.50 per person

Spode Heritage Centre £5 per person, including tea and biscuits

Note:  Lunch is not included.

Travel

You will need to make your own way to the venues. 

By car it is around 1.5 hours travel time.

There is a train from Preston to Stoke-on-Trent.  There are four buses which run from the station to the Potteries Museum area at the time of writing. There are also taxis, or a half hour walk, if you fancy it. You would need to do the same to the Spode Heritage Centre.  However, the Centre is only a 9 minutes’ walk from the railway station.

Other members may be willing to offer lifts. Please let us know if you wish the committee to ask other members when booking your place.

Parking

There are several car parks near to the Potteries Museum.

The Spode Centre: there is a pay and display car park opposite the red factory gates on Elenora Street.

Any trip queries email fionamair7@gmail.com

Other queries to lancsarchsoc@gmail.com

OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST

Building Heritage in the Community, 17th June 2022 at UCLan .

Two flagship projects in Lancashire are engaging with communities to help ensure the heritage of the county reflects the voices and the choices of the people. The ambitious £13.2m Harris Your Place project at Preston’s much-loved Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library aims to reimagine the building and present it as a vibrant and diverse hub of community activity, now and in the future. The Lancashire Local List project is working with communities to develop a county-wide register of ‘local heritage assets’, including buildings, monuments and landscapes that contribute to the character of the local area. This event, hosted by those delivering the projects, is aimed at engaging with communities and encouraging community involvement. It will provide a space for you to have a say in the future of our local building heritage. You can find out more about the projects, their importance for our communities and how you can get involved.

All are welcome to attend this free event. You can register your place here: Building Heritage in the Community Tickets, Fri 17 Jun 2022 at 14:00 | Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-heritage-in-the-community-tickets-327144647447).

Join LAS

Everyone is welcome and by becoming a member, you are helping to support archaeology in Lancashire. Join us as a member for £10 per year, Family/Joint membership £15, £3 for students. Click on the link to our 2022 Subscription Form at the bottom of the page.

Alternatively, donations can be made by cheque payable to Lancashire Archaeology Society at one of our meetings or by BACS: details can be found at the bottom of the membership form.

Alternatively you can join us as a guest at our Zoom talks and pay a small donation of £3. Our PayPal link is here: PayPal