Programme of Lectures 2019

Lectures start at 7.45 for 8.00pm in the Drawing Room, Avenue House, 17 East End Road, Finchley N3 3QE. Buses 82, 143, 326 & 460 pass close by, and it is five to ten minutes walk from Finchley Central Station (Northern Line).  Tea/coffee and biscuits follow the talk.

Lectures are free for Members of the Society. Visitors are charged £2.

 Tuesday 12th March 2019

John Clark

Lost and Found: the Rediscovery of Roman London

 Tuesday 9th April 2019

Gustav Milne

The CITiZAN Project

 Tuesday 14th May 2019

Professor David Perrett

50 years of recording London’s Industrial Heritage

 Tuesday 11th June 2019


 Tuesday 8th October 2019

Title:  Andersons and Ack Ack:  The 20th Century Conflict Archaeology of London.

Abstract: The archaeology of modern conflict is one of the newest and fastest moving disciplines in archaeology.  A status which is only likely to be enhanced as the two World Wars of the twentieth century pass beyond living memory..

This talk will offer a number of case studies illustrating the conflict archaeology of Greater London,, including sites on London’s World War Two anti invasion stop line B, shown in the 2007 Time Team programme “Blitzkrieg on Shooters Hill,” and  one of London’s first anti aircraft gun sites built in 1915 to engage German Zeppelin raids.  While examining some of the special challenges of conflict archaeology, particularly those of safety and the ethics of dealing with sometimes difficult or traumatic subjects, it will also suggest how this is a field of archaeological research where local archaeological groups and heritage projects have a significant role to play in discovering and understanding the conflict archaeology of their communities.

Biographical: Andy Brockman has a masters degree in archaeology form Birkbeck college and directed the excavation of the anti aircraft gun site at Eaglesfield Park, and a survey of the former POW Camp 1020, both on Shooters Hill..  A regular contributor to Britain at War magazine and other publications, he has also appeared on Channel 4’s Time Team and conducted research for, as well as appearing in,,the Channel 5 documentary “What the Dambusters did Next.”  He has a particular interest in heritage crime and acted as an adviser in the prosecution of a metal detectorist convicted of possessing dangerous military items and has researched the theft of metal and artifacts from military shipwrecks..

Tuesday 12th November 2019

Bob Cowie

Shene and Syon: a royal and monastic landscape revealed