About Hadas

Welcome to Hadas, one of the most active archaeological societies within Greater London. From our base in the basement at Avenue House, East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE we cover archaeology throughout the London Borough of Barnet. The Hadas Working Party actively conduct field walking, surveying and excavations. We also have an excellent programme of outings and lectures throughout the year [more...]


September 2014

An Update on the former Church Farm House Museum

Readers will remember the reprehensible events that took place around March 2011, when Barnet Council unilaterally closed the museum in this lovely old grade II* listed farm house, made the staff redundant, and sold off most of the collection of objects at auction. The house has stood empty ever since.

 However, at a meeting on 8th September 2014 the Assets, Regeneration and Growth Committee of Barnet Council approved a new plan for the building.

The plan is to lease the building rent free to Middlesex University for seven years less a day and give the University £280,000 towards the regeneration (the council’s words) of the building. The university will take responsibility for the maintenance of the building and the grounds. The grounds will be available to the public. The University will use the building for educational meeting rooms and the arrangement also specifies that the building to be made available for community use from Monday to Friday evenings from 19.00 and on Saturday and Sunday from 0900.

The bad news is we have lost our lovely local museum, the good news is this important local heritage asset will no longer be empty and deteriorating, but hopefully will be looked after at least for the next seven years. 

From the Vindolanda Trust web site an opportunity for budding young archaeologists.

"The Vindolanda Trust is delighted to announce that through the generosity of The Roman Research Trust http://rrt.classics.ox.ac.uk/ and Roman Society http://www.romansociety.org/ it is collaborating to provide a number of funding opportunities to support 16-18 year old's who wish to participate in the Vindolanda excavations in 2015. Each successful applicant will be offered a two week placement on the Vindolanda excavations, and the bursary will cover the cost of participation on the excavation including full-board accommodation in the Vindolanda Trusts on-site Study centre http://www.vindolanda.com/excavate/hedley-centre but excludes travel to and from Vindolanda. Applicants are required to fully complete the on-line application form and return it to Vindolanda no later than the deadline of the 30th of January 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by the 6th of February 2015 with their joining information. - See more at: http://www.vindolanda.com/_blog/excavation/post/excavation-bursaries-for-2015-for-16-18-year-olds/"

Lectures & Events Diary


The course is currently full, but a waiting list is available.
For the academic year 2014/2015 HADAS are again running their post-excavation course. This course, which will concentrate specifically on reprocessing the wasters from an Early Mediaeval Kiln from Arkley, Herts. , will be tutored by Jacqui Pearce BA FSA MIfA and will take place on Wednesday evenings from 18.30 for two hours at Avenue House, 17 East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE. There will be 22 sessions. The cost of the course will be covered by a donation to HADAS of £275. The course starts on Wednesday, 24th September 2014.  For more details 

Newsletter Archive Project
The Hadas newsletters have been converted into digital form as part of a permanent archive. We are now busily converting the page images into text to create a complete and searchable archive covering over the 50 years of the Society's history.

Church End Farm Building Record

This is a record of the building history at Church End Farm. It was compiled as part of the post-excavation analysis of of an excavation (Site code CEF61) at Church End Farm Hendon in 1960s.
Hendon House

Excavations at Hendon School prompted research into this important house in the history of Hendon.

Battle of Barnet

Members of Hadas are investigating the Wars of the Roses' site of the 1471 Battle of Barnet.
Over the years HADAS members and others have produced a number of publications on both the archaeology and local history of the London Borough of Barnet. Some of these publications can now be purchased at specially reduced prices.
This link will take you to a list of the places HADAS has had outings to over the years, it is intended to help those who can't remember when we went to some place or another.

Woodhouse - home of Thomas Collins
Now the home of the Woodhouse Academy this beautiful old house has a fascinating history.......