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Programme of Talks

The next talk of 2023-24 season will be held on Monday 13th May 2024. This is the annual Rudge Lecture (named after our founder). It is a public lecture/talk which is free and open to all It is a hybrid meeting which means that you can join in the meeting both at an ‘in person meeting’ and a ‘Zoom meeting’.

The lecture/talk is on ‘How Sacred Are The Dead? The Debate over Ancient Human Remains’ and is given by Professor Ronald Hutton of the University of Bristol

For people who wish to attend ‘in person’ the meeting is held at 7pm (tea/coffee) for 7:30pm start in the Conference Room at Woodford County High School, High Road, Woodford Green IG8 9LV. All are welcome, just come along. The Conference Room is located at the far right hand end of the school buildings (when facing the front of the buildings). The speaker, Professor Hutton, will be present ‘in person’ at the Conference Room.

For people who wish to attend by Zoom the meeting will be at 7:15 for a 7:30pm start. Members will receive the Zoom details before the meeting. Non-members are very welcome, just email membership@weag.org.uk for details.

Experience Weekends

Why not consider an Archaeology Weekend for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Formerly called Taster Weekends, The Archaeological Experience Weekend are aimed at introducing people to archaeologically. No previous experience is required. You will be working under supervision on a live site.

WEAG ran its Archaeological Experience Weekends for 2023 at Copped Hall on three weekend in July. WEAG is planning to run three more Archaeology Experience Weekends on the weekends 13th/14th July 2024, 20th/21st July 2024 and the 27th/28th July 2024. To express interest in the 2024 Archaeological Experience Weekends contact Ian Hunter at coppedhalldigs@weag.org.uk

WEAG Members Dig

The WEAG Members digs took take place between the 22nd and 30th July 2023. Additional days will organised for specific purposes eg tool cleaning.

Finds Processing at Copped Hall

If people are willing, we will also re-start our finds processing at Copped Hall. This will take place on Sundays, please drop us an email at coppedhalldigs@weag.org.uk if you are interested in taking part.


Membership Renewal 1st January 2024

Membership is due for renewal on the 1st January 2024.


Publication of a book on Old Copped Hall

WEAG, on behalf of the Copped Hall Trust Archaeological Project, in collaboration with the Copped Hall Trust have published a book by Norah Carlin about the Old Copped Hall.

Norah has revisited the original documents in her research to reach the real story. Her ability to read medieval Latin came in very handy for this research. Norah is a retired history lecturer and a member of WEAG. The book covers the people who lived at the Old Copped Hall and their lives from 1258 until its demolition in the 1750s. Old Copped Hall was replaced by the nearby Georgian Mansion which is currently being restored.

Old Copped Hall was owned and/or lived in by some interesting people, including King Henry VIII and his daughters Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I. The book is about 160 pages with about 60 illustrations.

The paperback book is available at £20 per copy, p&p is extra, if appropriate. (The RPI is £25)


Past Activities

A summary and photographs of the activities can be found in the Copped Hall Archaeology 2018 Report.

The Experience Weekend of 2017 provided an introduction to Geophysics techniques – a report on the Geophysics techniques and results is available to view.

A report on the Experience Weekends and Field Schools in 2018 is available to view.

Archaeology Experience Weekend – gift to friend

Are you looking for a different sort of gift for a friend or relative? Then why not treat them to an Archaeology Experience Weekend in July for only £60. Vouchers are now available. To purchase them please contact our Treasurer.