Lectures, excursions and tours

The Society organises lectures in winter, and excursions in summer. These are open to members and non-members alike. In most years we also run a four-day residential excursion for members only. We also organise occasional conferences, day schools and other events which will be listed here as they occur.


Current and recent lectures


Excursions, tours and events


Conferences and day schools


Archive of  previous events


Our Autumn/Winter programme for 2021/2 is now live, and can be downloaded on the link to the right.

Lectures are mainly taking place at Hungate, on Princes St in central Norwich, but will also be available on Zoom for those who are not yet ready to attend in person. If you wish to take advantage of this, you will need to register for the lecture using the link on the programme, and a link will be sent to you by email.

(Please note that this years December lecture will be by Zoom only.)

You can download summaries of many of our lectures from previous seasons on our Archive page.

Current lectures

Our latest Lectures are also available to download here as a PDF

Archived lectures

A list of previous lectures given to the society, some with summaries recorded by members and approved by the speakers, can be accessed below,

Forthcoming and recent lectures

2020 to 2021

The Paston Footprint Project

The Paston Footprint Project

Jan 8th 2022 Dr Karen Smyth (UEA). The Paston Footprint Project. Dr Karen Smyth is Associate Professor in Medieval Literature. Prior to joining UEA, she held a lectureship in Old and Middle English...

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The Thetford Treasure revisited

The Thetford Treasure revisited

Dec 4th 2021 Dr Richard Hobbs, (British Museum), The Thetford Treasure revisited, (Joint lecture with NAHRG) Zoom only lecture Richard Hobbs is curator of the Roman Britain collections at the...

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Documenting East Anglian Church Porches

Documenting East Anglian Church Porches

September 4th 2021 Dr Helen Lunnon, (Norwich Castle Museum) Follows AGM Documenting East Anglian Church Porches Dr Helen Lunnon, an Honorary Researcher in the School of Art, Media and American...

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Excursions and events

The Society organises a number of Summer Excursions to sites of interest within the region. In most years we also run a four-day residential excursion. In recent years we have visited sites in Lincolnshire and Wales.

New excursions will be listed here as they are planned.

The Council would welcome your suggestions for summer excursions in this and coming years – where would you like to visit that is normally closed to the public or otherwise ‘out of bounds’? Would you like the society to run day schools or other meetings in the summer? Send your ideas to our Excursions Secretary, Margaret Gooch (excursions@nnas.info).


Important note

All current excursions for the 2020 and 2021 seasons have been postponed or cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please call back for more information, or visit our news section, we will update the site as the situation develops.

Please note: All current excursions for 2021 have been postponed or cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic. Please call back for more information, or visit our news section.

MOLA Archive – Cancelled

Cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic Museum of London Archaeological Archive at Mortimer Wheeler House in Islington 6th May 2020 Go behind the scenes at the world’s largest archaeological archive....

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Caistor Roman Project Trips – Cancelled

Cancelled Members of NNAS have generously been invited to take advantage of a series of coach trips organised by the Caistor Roman Project this summer. Booking Details: Please note that these trips...

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Four-day visit to Kent 2020 – Cancelled

18–21 September 2020 CANCELLED Led by Dr Andrew Rogerson This year we are running a four-day coach excursion to Kent. We will stay for three nights at the Premier Inn at Medway Valley Leisure Park,...

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Conferences and day schools

The Society organises conferences and day schools. This section will be updated with information regularly.


Important note

All conferences for the 2020 and 2021 seasons were postponed or cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Updates to future events will be posted here.

Save the Date – 9th April 2022

Save the Date Saturday, 9th April, 2022 In 2022 the Society is planning a conference on Community Archaeology. This will be open to all, and held at the Thomas Paine Centre at UEA. A draft programme...

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Event Archive

Here you can download summaries of many of our lectures from previous seasons. These have been written by Society members and approved by the speakers themselves before publication here. We intend to create a cumulative archive of these summaries for these and future seasons.

Previous excursions and lectures

Please note: 2020 and 2021 excursions were cancelled due to pandemic.



Wednesday 15 May 2019: Viking Norwich Walk with Brian Ayers
Wednesday 22 May: Viking Exhibition, Norwich Castle Museum, with Dr Tim Pestell
Saturday 13 July: Broadlands Project, with Prof Rob Liddiard
4-7 October 2019: Four-day Excursion to Sussex


Saturday 5 October 2019: The Thames Foreshore Project
Eliott Wragg, Senior Community Archaeologist, MOLA. Download summary

Saturday 2 November 2019: Recent Excavations at Star Carr – new light on an old site
Dr Chantal Conneller, Newcastle University (joint meeting with the Prehistoric Society). Download summary


Saturday 14 December 2019: Bury St Edmunds – the abbey and the antiquaries
Dr Richard Hoggett (joint meeting with NAHRG).

Saturday 4 January 2020: Nara to Norvic: arrivals and beliefs at the extremities of the Silk Roads – an examination of the archaeology of religion (550–1000)
Dr Andrew Hutcheson, Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture.

Saturday 1 February 2020: Recent Work on the Archaeology of Nottingham
Dr Gareth Davies, Trent & Peak Archaeology. Download summary

Saturday 7 March 2020: The Sue Margeson Memorial Lecture. Recent Viking Age Excavations in Scandinavia – Jelling, Gamla Uppsala, and other sites
Brian Ayers, former Norfolk County Archaeologist.



Saturday 29 July 2017: Walking tour of Kings Lynn
29 Sept–2 Oct 2017: Four-day excursion to Inverness Download summary


Saturday 9 September 2017: Norfolk’s Medieval Angel Roofs
Sarah Cassell, UEA Download summary

Saturday 7 October 2017: What is Icenian Coinage?
Dr John Talbot, Independent Researcher (joint meeting with the Prehistoric Society)

Saturday 4 November 2017: Walsingham Buildings Uncovered
Dr Ian Hinton, Norfolk Historic Buildings Group

Saturday 2 December 2017: Great Ryburgh: The excavation of rare Anglo-Saxon coffins and a Saxon church
James Fairclough, MOLA Watch on YouTube

Saturday 6 January 2018: The Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of Northern East Anglia: Hunter gatherer communities and the changing Landscape c.12,700–4000 BC
Dr Lawrence Billington

Saturday 3 February 2018: People, Landscape and Economy in the Anglo-Saxon Fenland
Dr Susan Oosthuizen, Univ. of Cambridge Download summary

Saturday 7 April 2018: The Sue Margeson Memorial Lecture. Silver and the Viking ‘Great Army’
Dr. Andrew Woods, York Museums Trust Download summary



Saturday 11 April 2015: Thetford Walk
Wednesday 20 May 2015: Heydon Hall and Park
Wednesday 17 June 2015: Baconsthorpe Castle and Barningham Hall
Wednesday 15 July 2015: Pakenham Water Mill
Saturday 8 August 2015: St Olaves Walk
Wednesday 16 September 2015: Mannington Hall and Gardens Download summary


Saturday 5 September 2015: From the first inhabitants to the last hunter gathers. A review of the evidence for Palaeolithic and Mesolithic activity in Norfolk
Alice Cattermole, Historic Environment Officer, Norfolk County Council. Download summary

Saturday 3 October 2015: Must Farm and new ideas on Bronze Age Fenland
Mark Knight, Cambridge Archaeological Unit (joint meeting with the Prehistoric Society). Download summary

Saturday 14 November 2015: The archaeology of Itter Crescent, Peterborough: An Iron Age enclosure, a Roman villa and a Saxon cemetery
Alice Lyons, Oxford Archaeology East

Saturday 5 December 2015: Norwich Textiles: a Global Story, 1750–1820
Michael Nix, formerly Research Manager, Textiles and Technology, Glasgow Museums (joint meeting with NAHRG). Download summary

Saturday 9 January 2016: Lost Country Houses in Norfolk: History and Archaeology
Dr Sarah Spooner, University of East Anglia. Download summary

Saturday 6 February 2016: What the Victorians threw away
Dr Tom Licence, University of East Anglia. Download summary

Saturday 5 March 2016: The Sue Margeson Memorial Lecture. Landscape and Local Government in the Danelaw
Prof. Andrew Reynolds, University College London



Saturday 27 April 2013: Old Hall South Burlingham. A Small Elizabethan Manor on the outskirts of Norwich
Thursday 9 May 2013: By River to St Benet’s Abbey
Monday 24 June 2013: Blickling Hall
Saturday 20 July 2013: Mid Norfolk Villages and Barrows
Thursday 22 August 2013: Tour of Framlingham Town and Castle
6–9 September 2013: Four-day Visit to East Yorkshire


Saturday 14 September 2013: The Archaeology of Malta
Patricia Camilleri, Archaeological Society Malta.Download summary

Saturday 5 October 2013: Henges
Dr Alex Gibson, University of Bradford. Download summary

Saturday 2 November 2013: Historical Climatology, England between c. 1290 and 1430. The connection between short term climate change and subsistence crisis
Dr. Kathleen Priby, University of East Anglia.Download summary

Saturday 7 December 2013. Pathways to History: researching public rights of way in Norfolk
Dr Jon Gregory, University of East Anglia. Download summary

Saturday 4 January 2014. Religion in Roman Norfolk
Dr Adrian Marsden, Norfolk Landscape Archaeology. Download summary

Saturday 1 February 2014. Cold War Anglia
Dr Richard Maguire, University of East Anglia. Download summary

Saturday 1 March 2014. The Sue Margeson Memorial Lecture: Valorising Viking Valhalla? Rethinking the hogback tombs
Prof. Howard Williams, University of Chester. Download summary



Thursday 24 May 2018: The Pastons in Norfolk
Wednesday 4 July: The Paston Exhibition, Norwich Castle Museum
Saturday 18 August: A Walk in Historic Thetford Download summary
21-24 September 2018: Four-day excursion to Nottingham Download summary


Saturday 29 September 2018: The Ups and Downs of Elm Hill: properties and people
Dr Victor Morgan, UEA

Saturday 27 October: Talking Torcs: East Anglia and Beyond
Dr Tess Machling and Roland Williamson (joint meeting with the Prehistoric Society)

Saturday 10th November: Living with Monuments: settlement, monumentality, and landscape in the Neolithic of the Avebury region
Josh Pollard, Univ. Southampton & Mark Gillings, Univ. Leicester

Saturday 1 December 2018: Norfolk’s Gateway to Medieval England: The Norwich Castle Keep Redevelopment Project
Dr Tim Pestell, Norwich Castle Museum

Saturday 5 January: Boudicca and the Buried Treasure
Adam Wightman, Colchester Archaeological Trust

Saturday 2nd February: A landscape through time: archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme
Tony Walsh, MOLA Headland Infrastructure

Saturday 2nd March: The Sue Margeson Memorial Lecture. Archaeologies of the Norman Conquest
Naomi Sykes, Univ. Exeter, and Aleks McClain, Univ. York  Download summary



Wednesday 13 April 2016: Van Dal Shoe Factory Download summary
Wednesday 25 May 2016: Langley Abbey, Near Loddon
Wednesday 22 June 2016: Sandringham House
Wednesday 6 July 2016: Walsingham Abbey and Shirehall Museum
Saturday 6 August 2016: Cromer


Saturday 10 September 2016: Norfolk’s 17th-century trade tokens and the Norfolk Token Project
Dr Adrian Marsden, Norfolk Museums Service.

Saturday 8 October 2016: Round barrow relationships: considering the role of round barrows in English landscapes from 1500 BC to AD 1086
Dr Anwen Cooper, University of Oxford (joint meeting with the Prehistoric Society).

Saturday 5 November 2016: Ten years at Caistor Roman town: what do we know now?
Prof William Bowden, University of Nottingham.

Saturday 3 December 2016: Francis Blomefield and the parish churches of medieval Norwich
Dr Clare Haynes and Prof Sandy Heslop, UEA (joint meeting with NAHRG)

Saturday 14 January 2017: Grundungsviertel Excavation Project, Excavating the oldest quarter of Lubeck
Dr Dirk Rieger, Chief Archaeologist, UNESCO. Download summary

Saturday 4 February 2017: The Brecks from Above: Re-mapping the archaeology of the Brecks
Sophie Tremlett, Historic Environment Service, Norfolk County Council. Download summary

Saturday 4 March 2017: The Sue Margeson Memorial Lecture. Thoughts and Crosses: New Research into the Anglo-Saxon Church in East Anglia
Dr. Richard Hoggett



Saturday 26 April 2014: Bergh Apton – Kirstead Hall
Wednesday 17 May 2014: Wherry Trip from Wroxham
Saturday 14 June 2014: Evening History Walk: Beccles
Wednesday 25 June 2014: Mettingham Castle
Wednesday 23 July 2014: Gunton Park Download summary
15–18 August 2014: Thames Valley Tour
Wednesday 10 September 2014: West Stow Saxon Village


Saturday 13 September 2014: Digging Sedgeford
Dr Neil Faulkner, SHARP. Download summary

Saturday 4 October 2014: Coins, kings and tribes? East Anglia and Beyond in the Iron Age
Dr Ian Leins, British Museum (joint meeting with the Prehistoric Society). Download summary

Saturday 1 November 2014: Ancient Woodland? Explorations in the history and archaeology of Norfolk’s woods
Dr. Tom Williamson, University of East Anglia. Download summary

Saturday 6 December 2014: The Rendlesham Survey: investigating a royal Anglo-Saxon landscape
Judith Plouviez, Senior Archaeological Officer, Suffolk Archaeological Service (Joint Meeting with NAHRG). Download summary

Saturday 10 January: The Heathland Road: The archaeology of the A11 Fiveways to Thetford Improvements Scheme
Mark Hinman, Pre-Construct Archaeology

Saturday 7 February: Recent Archaeological Work and Discoveries in Norfolk
David Gurney, Historic Environment Manager, Norfolk County Council

Saturday 7 March: The Sue Margeson Memorial Lecture. Secrets of the Anglo-Saxon Goldsmiths
Dr Eleanor Blakelock, British Museum

Latest excursions and lectures

The latest programmes are available here.

Get involved

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