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