Andover History & Archaeology Society

Events in 2015

Jan
23
Recent Excavations at St. Cross & Winchester College
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
at Andover Guildhall
with Chris Sellen

WARG is Winchester’s local archaeological and historical society, and over the last few years has undertaken community excavations at St Cross Hospital including Henry of Blois’ original buildings and a 14th Century chantry chapel in the grounds of Winchester College. In an illustrated talk Chris will describe the running of the digs, and how the interpretation of the results have added to the corpus of knowledge of Medieval Winchester.

Feb
27
The Remount Service
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
at Andover Guildhall
with Phoebe Merrick

The Remount Depot was an establishment that prepared horses for work at the Front in World War I. Phoebe will give a talk accompanied by a Power Point presentation on the work of the Remount Service with particular reference to the Remount Depot in Romsey.The Remount Depot was an establishment that prepared horses for work at the Front in World War I. Phoebe will give a talk accompanied by a Power Point presentation on the work of the Remount Service with particular reference to the Remount Depot in Romsey.

Mar
27
'Britain from Above' and AGM
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
at Andover Guildhall
with Erica Tinsley

After a brief Annual General Meeting, which will receive reports from the Officers and elect a committee to serve for the following year, there will be a talk by our chairman, Erica Tinsley, Britain from Above.

Aerofilms Ltd was Britain's first commercial aerial photography company. In 2007 its collection of some 1.26 million negatives and more than 2,000 photographic albums dating from 1919 to 2006 was bought for the nation. This talk looks at the history of the company and how its photographs are being made available free for everyone to look at and use.


Apr
24
THE 2015 DACRE LECTURE
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
at Weyhill Fairground
with Dr Ryan Lavelle

Law, Death and Peacemaking in the Tenth Century: Vikings, West Saxons, and the “Treaty of Andover”
The peace treaty made with a group of Vikings under the command of Olaf Tryggvason of Norway, commonly ascribed to 994 and occasionally referred to as “the Treaty of Andover”, was a moment in the reign of Aethelred “the Unready” (978-1016) when everything seemed to work out right. The erstwhile enemy was confirmed a Christian and made Aethelred’s man in a manner which recalled the successes of earlier English kings, Alfred and Aethelstan.

Looking at the role of one of the West Saxon ealdormen in the making of the peace agreement, this lecture considers how the ealdorman’s experience and his sense of identity in the face of Viking invasions may have affected the making of peace, and proposes some new perspectives on the peace treaty in the light of recent archaeological evidence.


Dr Ryan Lavelle is Reader in Medieval History at the University of Winchester. The talk will be based on a chapter of his forthcoming book which he is co-editing with Simon Roffey called “Danes in Wessex”.

Tickets for the lecture cost £3 for members, £6 for others interested, and can be obtained ONLY at Society Meetings or at the door (cash only, please).

May
22
The History of Punch and Judy
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
at Andover Guildhall
with Alix Booth

Alix Booth has worked with Mr Punch for over thirty years. Her talk is given through the puppets, with accompanying slides. Punch represents the common man fighting the small battles of life. The characters in the traditional show are just the ones that would have beset him 1760-1830 when the  story, as we know it today, was developed.

Jun
26
Village Walk around Thruxton
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thruxton
with John & Ann McKenzie

The annual walking tour of the places of historic interest in a village around Andover, with expert local guides.

The meeting venue is Thruxton Village Hall, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8LZ.

Sep
25
Medieval Wall painting in Hampshire Churches
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
at Andover Guildhall
with Dr Ellie Pridgeon

Medieval Wall Painting in Hampshire Churches

This talk will examine some of the key medieval wall paintings in Hampshire churches, including Nether Wallop, Breamore, Bramley and St John's church, Winchester.  It will provide an overview of the more prevalent images in the medieval church - such as St Christopher, St George, the Sunday Christ and the Three Living and Three Dead - and consider how they were used by medieval viewers.

Dr Ellie Pridgeon is Tutor in Art History & Architecture at the University of Leicester.

There is more information on the Painted Churches website.

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Wall painting in St Andrew, Nether Wallop, Hampshire

Oct
23
Andover Archaeology - Chantry Street & Shepherd's Spring Lane
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
at Andover Guildhall
with Simon Cleggat

Simon Cleggat, of Salisbury-based Wessex Archaeology, will be speaking about excavations at Chantry Street and Shepherd’s Spring Lane, Andover.

Nov
27
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
at Andover Guildhall
with Michael Underwood

Michael Underwood will tell the fascinating story of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth in Hampshire's Naval heritage. He will cover the history of gunwharves starting with King Henry VIII's time, through the 18th and 19th centuries, going on to describe the equally fascinating story of the HMS Vernon school of mines and torpedoes, bringing the history up to date with the design and construction of Spinnaker Tower.

Michael practised architecture for more than forty years and has a Masters degree in Historic Building Conservation. He was project architect for most of the historic buildings at Gunwharf Quays from 1998 to 2001 and founded HGP Conservation, a specialist team within HGP Architects.
A Senior Lecturer in Historic Building Consevation at the University of Portsmouth from 2004 until 2012, Michael lives in Southsea. He has recently published a book on the subject of his talk.

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"The Old Customs House, Portsmouth - geograph.org.uk - 1108327" by Roger Kidd. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

Dec
11
Christmas Celebration
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
at Andover Guildhall

A medley of short talks over a convivial glass of wine and seasonal nibbles.

Clifford Williams will speak about 100 years of Women Policing in Hampshire  - with a 12 minute video starring our own June Harris.

There will also be other offerings from members, contributing to what we hope will be a happy and informative evening.