The Olney Archaeology Society has been running since 1985, putting on 19 lectures each year in the Olney Centre until this year’s lockdown. You will have seen that we have not been deterred by this but are holding Zoom lectures up to the end of November 2020 and the numbers signing up have increased week on week so that we now have around 50 ‘attendees’. We have even gone international!

We can now announce that we are launching another 10 zoom lectures between January and May 2021 on the first and third Tuesday mornings of the month. These will cost £20 to sign up to (that is only £2.00 per lecture) and all will be from established academics and experts on their subjects that range from Pre-history to the First World War, Winchester to Orkney in Britain, and the Steppes of Mongolia to the Mountains of Peru.

For those of you who are concerned at the thought of zooming it is not something to be worried about. The link will arrive by email before each lecture and a few clicks will bring you in to the meeting. You will ideally need a PC, laptop or good tablet to see the slides and hear the commentary. The lectures start at 10:00am but we open up for optional chatting from 9.00 and have a 15-minute refreshment break in the middle. We aim to finish by 12.00. It’s just like a normal meeting but with fewer germs and you can wear your pyjamas!

So, if you want to keep the little grey cells active and have a modicum of social interaction please send a cheque for £20 made out to “Olney Archaeological Society” to Ann Burrows, 4 Springbank Court, Stoke Goldington MK16 8NA with your email address and phone details by 31 December. Alternatively email Ann at for details to pay by bank transfer.

Merry Christmas.


5th January

“A Blessed Punishment: the medieval leprosy hospital of St Mary Magdalen, Winchester”
Dr Katie Tucker, Osteologist and Archaeologist at Transylvania Bioarchaeology, Berlin, author.

19th January

“Durobrivae, Hoards and the Quest for Early English Origins”
Prof. Stephen Upex, Landscape archaeologist, MCIfA. FSA. Cambridge lecturer, author, regular speaker.

2nd February

“Between the wind and the water: the late neolithic in the Outer Hebrides and Orkney”
Prof. David Jacques, Professorial Research Fellow, University of Buckingham, author, Fulbright Alumnus, FSA.

16th February

“The Archaeology of Lawrence of Arabia’s War”
Dr Neil Faulkner, Archaeologist, FSA, author, Arts Society lecturer and Andante tour leader.

2nd March

“In the Footsteps of Roy Chapman-Andrews: Archaeology and Dinosaurs in Mongolia”
Prof. Paul Nicholson, Cardiff University archaeologist, specialising in Egyptology, author.

16th March

“You Rang M’lud? The Architecture of Household Staff in Late Mediaeval Castles”
James Wright, Architectural Archaeologist, author, lecturer, FSA.

6th April

“An Introduction to Ancient Egypt’s History and Culture”
Lucia Gahlin, Egyptologist, Hon. Research Associate UCL, Arts Society Lecturer, holiday tours leader.

20th April

“Origins on Andean civilisation and its Apogee under the Inca Empire”
Dr David Beresford-Jones, Cambridge lecturer, Heinz Heinen Centre for Advanced Study, University of Bonn, author.

4th May

“Growing Flax for Aircraft Cloth: a little-known story from The First World War”
Dr Paul Stamper, Landscape archaeologist, FSA, author, ICE lecturer.

18th May

“Lords Austin and Nuffield, Giants of the British Motor Industry”
Julian Hunt, Local historian, FSA, author and co-author of many books especially of sites in Buckinghamshire.

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