The society is an environment for those who are interested in the local history of West Norfolk. We organise lectures and carry out fieldwork in the area in a friendly, inclusive manner. For the fieldwork you are welcome to come and join in (we will support you) or perhaps just come and watch. Meetings are held in a well-appointed lecture room, last for about an hour and are on topics of local interest.
A series of seven lectures at one per month running from October to the April. These normally take place on the third Tuesday in the month and start at 7:30pm. We attempt to cover a wide range of topics that directly relate to West Norfolk but also others that we feel will be of general interest to the membership.
Daytime or evening visits in a relaxed manner to local places that are of historic interest. These summer outlings are both educational and social often finishing up with a relaxing drink at a local inn.
The project normally includes an element of practical archaeology and can cover such activities as digging test pits or surveying standing buildings and ancient features. The society is happy to support novices with advice, guidance and demonstrations of how the task should be done. This work will include the vital task of identifying and preserving the artefacts found, as well as recording information gleaned from the work.
Stone Age West Norfolk In Context (20th February 2018)
Lawrence Billington (PhD Researcher, School of History, The University of Manchester) will be the speaker in a talk on the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of West Norfolk.
From the Wash to Sherwood Forest (20th March 2018)
Dr Gareth Davis from Trent and Peak Archaeology, Nottingham will be talking about some of the key themes in the life of a Medieval Archaeologist.
The program of lectures for the next season can now be found under the 'Lectures' tab above.
WNKLAS In The News
The society has been in the local Newspapers recently in coverage of the conference to celebrate our 50year anniversary and also the presentation to John Smallwood one of the founders.
A link to the coverage to follow
Society Conference (25th November 2017)
Was held at Marriott's Warehouse Trust, South Quay, King's Lynn, 10:00-17:00, Saturday 25th November. The subject was 'Women in the Archaeology and History of West Norfolk: Female Voices Across Time'.
King John's Treasure
The society's investigation of a local farm contributed to a programme made for US television as part of the Expidition Unknown series. This systematic survey of an area that was a likely route for the Royal Treasure was also the subject of a recent lecture evening.