About the Society

West Norfolk & King's Lynn Archaeological Society


The society was formed to promote the investigation and recording of the archaeological heritage of the West Norfolk and King's Lynn area. It also aims to involve the local community in its work and to inform & include them about its activities and investigation results. To achieve its aims it will work in close coordination with the Parish and civic councils, and with other organisations associated with heritage both locally and nationally.

The society charges a annual membership fee that allows members to participate in the regular activities. We organise a series of lectures in Kings Lynn during the winter season that deal mainly with historical or archaeological topics of local interest (although a few may be of wider scope). During the summer season we organise a number of daytime or evening visits to sites of local interest which are further afield. From time to time the society will also run summertime projects that allow the membership to take part in active archaeology. These project include excavations, field-walking and recording landscape features that add to our knowledge of the local area. To support those who are new to the subject experts will be on hand to guide and mentor members of the society and community.

Annual Subscription - The annual subscription for membership of the society has been fixed for the last few years and is now set at £15 per year. This is to cover the increased costs of room hire, arranging lecturers and expenses. Membership entitles you to come to as many lectures as you like.

If you would like to try us out or don't think that you will be able to attend many lectures, you can pay at the door to attend a single lecture for which we charge £3.

We hope you will be able to come to the winter lectures and summer visits.

Annual General Meeting
The papers for the 2016 Annual General Meeting can be found HERE

Tour of Historic Hardwick Cemetery (Sunday 11th June 2017)

Dr Paul Richards will be conducting a tour called 'Mariners, Merchants and Industrialists' at Hardwick Cemetery starting at the gates at 2pm (Charge £4).

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St Martha's Test Pits (Sunday 25th June 2017: 11am)

Archaeology demonstration at St Martha's Roman Catholic Primary School Summer Fete. The location is off Roseberry Avenue, Field Lane, Gaywood.

Binham History Group(Friday 23rd June to Sunday 25 June 2017: 9am start)

Investigation of an area identified by GeoPhysics and fieldwalking. Test pitsbeing dug over three days, all welcome.

Historic Pubs of Lynn (Friday 23rd June 2017)

Dr Paul Richards will be conducting a tour called 'Historic Pubs in Lynn' starting at True's Yard 6pm (Charge £5).

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Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know? (28th July 2017)

A public illustrated lecture to be held at St. Margaret's Minister, 4:30pm, by Dr. Laura Kalas Williams, Research Associate and Tutor, Department of English, the University Exeter.

Margery Kempe's boisterous mysticism and medicine: uncovered!. Tickets available from True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum £5


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Society Conference (25th November 2017)

Will be held at Marriott's Warehouse Trust, South Quay, King's Lynn, 10:00-17:00, Saturday 25th November. The subject is 'Women in the Archaeology and History of West Norfolk: Female Voices Across Time'. Places are free but limited and may be booked from True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum