WARG organises talks, visits, field work and excavations in the local area. Meetings are normally held at The Hampshire Records Office, Sussex Street, Winchester for 7:30pm start unless otherwise stated.

WARG revised programme.  With the Records Office Cinema still unavailable our talks up to May 2021 will be presented online via Zoom commencing at 7.30pm on the second Monday of the month. Invitations to attend will be sent out to members about a week in advance.

What’s On

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For Winchester Archaeology and Local History



12th July

“From Log Boats to Roman Forts-30 years of extraordinary finds in the Cambridgeshire Fenlands

with Dr. Grahame Appleby, City Archaeologist, Leicester City Council


The Cambridge Archaeological Unit has carried out excavations in the Cambridgeshire fens since it was set up in 1991. These excavations have been ahead of quarrying and the development of new settlements, with evidence spanning the Mesolithic to Medieval periods. Grahame’s talk looks at some of these sites, highlighting some of the remarkable discoveries found during excavations by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit.



Guided walk at Merdon Castle, Hursley by Don Bryan


Sadly we have had to postpone this event at the request of the landowner.

August 21st

Annual Picnic at Martin Green’s Down Farm,

with tour of his museum and local sites


The Annual Picnic is back with noted amateur archaeologist Dr Martin Green hosting a visit to Down Farm, Wimborne St Giles which boasts an amazing prehistoric landscape featuring part of the Dorset Cursus, a rare pond barrow, Neolithic burials and a field shaft. Over the years he has accumulated a large collection of artefacts found on the farm and these are displayed in a converted barn museum. Weather permitting we can picnic alongside the large wildlife pond. Pencil Saturday 21st August 2021 in your diary. A charge of £3 per person will apply and we will look to car share as far as possible. The booking forms issued with the next newsletter.


23rd August to 

5th September (tbc)

Possible annual WARG excavation 

currently in planning so watch this space


Other Events


Various dates 6-7pm

Hampshire Archives and Local Studies


‘Here be hogs’: Maps for local and family history in Hampshire Monday 19 July


Red tape and sealing wax? Using old title deeds for local and family history Monday 16 August


From Winchester to Barchester: Anthony Trollope’s links with Hampshire Monday 27 September


‘Mutinous and quarrelsome’: Sources for researching the Civil War and Interregnum in Hampshire Monday 18 October


More information and abstracts can be found at



Online  -  now

Crowd funding and crowdsourcing project organisers DigVenture have been busy bringing online archaeology talks to a UK-wide audience.


Have a look at the fantastic talk by Martin Carver about research into Sutton Hoo since the 1939 ship discovery.


Link here     The pictures of the speakers are a bit distorted, but the slides are clear and the content amazing.