2022 programme of speakers and events

Please note that the information regarding speakers is taken from a variety of freely available sources. For any amendments or additions, please contact us on  lancsarchsoc@gmail.com.

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

Former Residents of Winckley Square: a walk through the history and characters of this Preston gem by the Friends of Winckley Square.

24th July 2022 at 2pm

Cost free for members, £4.00 per head for non members payable on the day.

Through an examination of individual buildings and people, the talk will chart the shifts that occurred over 220 years from the early residents through the Millocracy of the mid-19th Century to the early 20th century developments.

Meet in the centre of the Square on the hard surface for this 1.5- 2 hour walk.

Numbers are limited so book your place as soon as possible by email to lancsarchsoc@gmail.com

Travel and Parking

There is free parking on the Square and nearby streets on Sundays or paid car parks at The Fishergate Centre and St George’s Centre nearby.

The Square is just off the centre of Fishergate and a short walk from the railway station.

There are plenty of cafes open on Sundays for refreshments before or after the walk.

Friday 21st October 2022. Windy Harbour.

Mr. Fraser Brown, Senior Project Officer at  Oxford Archaeology North.

An exciting major programme of research is being undertaken by OA North looking at late Mesolithic to Bronze Age activity next to Poulton-le-Fylde near Blackpool as part of improvements to the A585. This scheme by Highways England and Kier Highways provides an important opportunity to investigate the knotty question of the transition from hunting and gathering to farming in the area around 6000 years ago.

Students and staff from UCLAN were also involved in the excavations. The Archaeology department at  UCLan value practical work experience for students and this was a great  opportunity for students to work on a nationally important site alongside professional archaeologists.

This meeting is to be held at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Ingol, Preston, PR2 3ZU.

November 18th 2022. Recent Excavations in the Wyre Area.

Mr. David Hampson,  Secretary, Wyre Archaeology Group.

Wyre Archaeology is a group of amateur archaeologists that focuses on active field work in Wyre, Fylde, Preston and the surrounding area. Their  aim is to encourage people in the local community to explore and value their archaeological and historical heritage. David will speak about recent work undertaken by the group.

This meeting is to be held at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Ingol, Preston, PR2 3ZU.

Our Summer 2022 programme of walks and visits will be posted onto the website and on our Facebook page very soon.