A Happy New Year to you all! We delayed sending this email out until you were free to concentrate your minds on activities that did not centre on groaning tables. We have four events to announce for early 2016 and others in the pipeline:
6 February - Wor Barrow clearance 10.00 am. Aimed to improve your circulation. Hand tools only. A convivial day (we hope) based around clearing the two smaller barrows adjacent to the Wor Barrow of vegetation - hot or cold depending how close you are to the resulting bonfire.
13 February - Devizes 2.00 pm. David Dawson of the Wiltshire Museum (Devizes) has kindly agreed to arrange a special visit to the collections and archives of the museum. Two of the founding fathers of archaeology -Cunnington and Colt-Hoare, will be the focus of the visit. There will be a guided tour of the nationally important prehistory collections, many of which were excavated by Cunnington and Colt Hoare, and there will also be a rare opportunity to see some original manuscripts and watercolours. Bookings will be limited to 25. There is no cost for this visit. Tea/coffee will be served on arrival (also free!).
20 February - Bokerley Dyke walk 10.00 am. Our first walk of a linear feature; part of the Pitt-Rivers story and led by Claire Pinder (Dorset County Archaeologist). May not be easy underfoot, appropriate footwear essential.
27 February - TBC. A visit to Stourhead in search of Sir Richard Colt-Hoare. At the time of writing a programme is being put together by the National Trust. Restaurant or packed lunches at midday.
As usual these events are bookings only, on a first come basis, and they are also all free (Stourhead TBC) Please let me know which you would like to attend (all four if you wish).
David Whetton suggests members e-mail the organiser, Philippe Planel, before setting out on any of their events.