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.
Northern Journeys: Medieval Anglo-Norwegian Trade, in Good Times and Bad (17th April 2018)
Dr. James Barrett, Reader in Medieval Archaeology and Leverhulme Major Research Fellow at Cambridge University.
The program of lectures for the next season can now be found under the 'Lectures' tab above.
Starting in May the society will be working with the council to deliver a programme of community archaeology in the Gaywood area. Let Clive know if and when you will be able to help in supporting local people explore the history of their area.
Special Public Lecture (with cheese and wine)
Dr Clive J Bond will be taking about Seahenge which was discovered ten years ago. The lecture is to raise money for the RNLI, and is at King's Lynn Town Hall on Friday, 27th April, at 6pm. Tickets are for sale at the Custom House, Lynn, or the RNLI Hunstanton shop, Old Hunstanton beach.
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.
Society Conference (25th November 2017)
Was held at Marriott's Warehouse Trust on 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.