Useful Links


Current Archaeology – The home page of Current Archaeology and Current World Archaeology magazines.

Megalithic Portal – This excellent site is a news feed for all items of archaeological (and some of historical) interest, with particular reference to stone monuments, and with superb photographs and extensive links to other resources.

Lytham St Annes Classical Association – the UK’s newest and largest branch of the Classical Association. We organise monthly lectures, from September to April, exploring the history, art, culture, language and literature of ancient Rome and Greece – see the programme on the website.

Mesolithic Miscellany – news, information on the study of the Mesolithic period and excellent on-line journal including articles and obituaries.

Oxford Archaeology – The UK’s leading independent archaeology and heritage practice since 1973.

CBA – The Council for British Archaeology is an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

Roman Roads in Cumbria  David Ratledge’s work, based on LIDAR images

North West Societies

Brindle Historical Society – Brindle Historical Society was formed in June 2002 with the aim of “researching, studying, recording and/or preserving (when and where possible) the history of the area in and around the village and parish”

Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society – Visit the website for details of the Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society.

Cumbria Past – The website of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.

LFHHS – The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society was originally formed in 1973 as the Rossendale Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (Lancashire), the LFHHS now has thirteen branches in Lancashire, together with one in London. The society also has a worldwide community of family historians with roots in Lancashire.

Fylde History Network – The Fylde History Network was set up in January 2010 by Peter & Maureen Shakeshaft and Christine Storey. The inaugural meeting was held in Staining on January 16th 2010. Dr Alan Crosby spoke about the Fylde and introduced the idea of local historians in the Fylde working together.

Museums with archaeological displays

Ribchester Roman Museum, Ribchester, near Preston – Lancashire’s only specialist Roman museum, founded in 1914. The museum is dedicated to the Romano-British history of Bremetenacum Veteranorum, the Roman name for what is now Ribchester, a picturesque village in central Lancashire which lies on the river Ribble.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston – Discover Preston gallery & Discovery Room – displays of artefacts and coins relating to Romans and Viking settlement along the Ribble, prehistoric animal and human remains discovered during the Victorian excavation of Preston’s dock, and a display featuring the Poulton Elk, a unique Ice Age elk and associated weapons found in High Furlong, Carleton in Poulton-le-Fylde. 

Museum of Lancashire, Preston – Lancashire Archaeology gallery featuring finds from Lancashire, including coins from Cuerdale hoard on loan from the Harris Museum. Their temporary exhibitions sometimes covers archaeology. Currently they have an excellent exhibition on the Silverdale Viking Hoard.

South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre, Leyland – Displays related to the history and archaeology of South Ribble area including the Roman site at Walton-le-Dale, and loans from the Harris Museum of finds from Penwortham Castle, the Worden hoard of Roman coins and part of the Cuerdale Viking hoard.

Kendal Museum, Kendal, Cumbria – Formed in 1793 this museum features archaeological items in the Kendal and Westmorland Gallery including Roman artefacts.

Other sites of interest

Forest of Bowland blog Martin’s Bowland Blog. Martin’s blog covers things that have been happening in Bowland that may have been missed by the national or local press.



  1. Hello,
    I am a primary school teacher and am looking for someone to come into school to do some archeological skills with the children. Would you be able to help me out with this?
    Kind regards

    • Good evening Cati! Our website is currently being transferred to a new operator and I apologise for not replying earlier. In order to answer your query properly I need more info. For instance – where are you located, what sort of school, age and number of students to be involved, academic level of tuition? Etc.

    • well, I can ask the members and see if anyone is available – if you can give me a rough idea of the time and the date, what sort of talk or event would you like? Send me some more details and I will see if any students at UCLAN might be available.

  2. Thank you for your reply! We are in Blackburn. We are doing a whole school science week called ‘the big dig’ so would like all the children to just be shown the way to handle and clean artefacts they have found (children aged 3 to 11). It could either be done as an assembly with or ideally as an activity with classes rotating throughout the day.

    Thank you again for your response.

  3. Thank you for all your help. I haven’t got a week set in stone as of yet so we can be flexible, however, it will be taking place sometime between the 1st of June and the 17th of July.


  4. Hello,
    Am still looking for someone to come into school and talk about archeology and what archeologists do to kick start our ‘Big Dig’ science week. This would be for Monday the 6th at 9.15

    • G’day Cati!

      I have sent this off to the professionals, who may be able to help, but 2 days’ notice is less than a good idea (at any time but July is particularly difficult). All I can do is tell you not to hold your breath.


  5. I live in ancient hamlet in Garstang area and wondered if anyone might have information about its history?Houses date back to 17 c but very little known about it

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