North East Hampshire Historical
& Archaeological Society


Events in 2016

January 2016

Our first talk of 2016 was given by Katie Hinds, the Hampshire Finds Liaison Officer (FLO). Katie's talk of January 22nd was on the Portable Antiquities Scheme and attracted a large audience. Introduced in 1998 and expanded in 2003, the Scheme covers man-made objects more than 300 years old found by chance.

Portable Antiquities logo

The Scheme, which operates nation-wide, allows finds to be recorded so that their archaeological and historical context is not lost. Finds include coins, jewellery, worked flints, tools, weapons, pottery and other manufactured items. Each item is photographed and classified and the data, together with a map reference, is put onto a national database which can be searched on-line by both academics and the general public. The item is then returned to the finder or land-owner for possible sale to a museum if thought of significance or to a collector.

February 2016

Our talk on Feb 26th was Julian the Apostate an illustrated presentation by Hugh Williams. The story begins with Constantine the Great, who died in AD337 leaving three sons who attempted to divide up the empire. However Constantinus II becoming sole emperor and he appointed Gallus as his successor. Gallus was a failure and was subsequently executed and so it fell to Julian to take his place. His success in putting down the Germanic revolt and his popularity with the army led to him being hailed by his soldiers as an Augustus.

Julian's image on a coin

In AD361 Constantinus died having previously declared Julian his successor. Julian had probably chosen to adopt pagan beliefs early on in his life but as emperor he was even handed with Christians with no evidence of repression, choosing rather to concentrate on repairing ruined pagan temples. After less than two years as emperor Julian took it upon himself to defeat the constantly aggressive Persians but died in battle in June 363.

March 2016

Due to Good Friday falling on the 4th Friday of this month we only had one meeting in March. This was our AGM on Friday 11th at which the business of the Society passed smoothly. Reports were submitted by the Chairman and Treasurer while Tony gave an account of how we stand following the Greywell surveys.

Virginia Wright gave details of our planned meetings up to June and the letter from Ginny Pringle asking for assistance with BHAS 'Dig Basing!' this summer. A 'Motion of Thanks' was passed for Rosemary Rawcliffe who is moving out of the area. Her research into local history, including much on the Farnborough Workhouse, has brought interest to the Society. The formal meeting closed at 9pm followed by tea/coffee and much chat.

April 2016

Unfortunately our talk for April on the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust had to be postponed. This gave us the opportunity to review more of our finds from earlier excavations carried out at Heckfield.

Among the items revealed were these broken 18th and 19th century glass bottles.

Bases of very old broken bottles

May 2016

On Friday 27th we were treated to Ginny Wright's detailed survey of the remains of the Cellarium at Waverley Abbey in Surrey. Founded in 1128 by the Cistercian order, Waverley Abbey grew into a large monastery by the time of the dissolution in 1536. Its close proximity to the River Wey risked frequent flooding over the years but despite this the Cellarium, which was only a very small part of the monastery, survived after the Dissolution as some sort of dwelling. This is suggested by the late addition of a chimney and fireplace plus further modifications carried out in Tudor times.

Cellarium at Waverley Abbey

June 2016

A large number of family and friends attended the funeral of Geoff Hoare at Easthampstead Crematorium on Wed 1st June. Geoff was Hon President of NEHHAS for quite a few years, he will be greatly missed.

Our illustrated talk on June 10th was Boxgrove and Paviland Palaeolithic Sites given by Katrina Slocombe. These sites, although both Stone Age, are very different in character. Paviland was an Upper Paleolithic burial in a cave while Boxgrove was a Lower Paleolithic occupation site. Both sites are among the earliest examples of their type. Boxgrove, which included many tools, gave us the earliest human fossils in Britain at half a million years! Paviland, a mere 33,000 years old, is one of the earliest ceremonial burials in Western Europe.

excavation at Boxgrove

July and August - no meetings.

September 2016

Pam Taylor gave her excellent talk Searching for the Past in the Mediterranean on Friday 23rd September. We were treated to an illustrated journey around the Med introducing a variety of historic sites and artifacts dating from 8000BC through to 500AD or so. Pam's photos and memories are the result of a considerable number of holidays spread over several years. Altogether an enjoyable and memorable evening!

Greek temple ruins

October 2016

Derek Spruce, President of the Odiham Society, gave his talk on Friday 14th entitled: The Country Houses of North East Hampshire. Derek gave a broad-brush description of a selected number of local country houses and drew a comparison in local property held by three levels of the social hierarchy. Derek showed a distribution of country houses across north-east Hampshire and described a number of them including Stratfield Saye House, Elvetham Hall, The Vyne and Herriard House.

In conclusion, Derek described how many of the houses ceased to remain as solely family homes, when, over time, they were re-configured to become schools, hotels, retirement homes or visitor attractions. A more detailed account of this talk can be found in the Winter NEWSLetter No.128.

Staircase in Farnham Castle

November 2016

Our final talk of the year took place on November 25th when Mike Martel told us about the experiences of his family in World War Two. He and his parents were living on Guernsey when the Nazis invaded the Channel Islands in 1940. They were deported to Germany where they spent the rest of the war as civilian prisoners. Moving several times from camp to camp they ended up in Southern Germany. Their treatment was generally better than that of the military prison camps but at times they were at risk from allied bombing, etc. They were liberated by American troops in April 1945 and eventually returned to Guernsey via England.

A more detailed account of this talk can be found in the Winter NEWSLetter No. 128.

Nazi troops march through Jersey 1940

December 2016

The last meeting of the year took place on Fri 9th. We enjoyed a two-part quiz followed by seasonal nibbles. Happy Christmas!

For a review of last year's activities click here.


This page last updated in February 2017.