Medieval Studies Forum

Old Woking test pitting (and open day)


This will be the first weekend for the community test pitting element of the Old Woking Project, to take place over three days in April. All test pitting for this event will be in the gardens of Rosemead, a private residence near the church.

On Saturday 13th April, we will be holding an open day event, where the community can simply show up with no prior booking. Activities will be available for children especially, including Saxon re-enactors.

Old Woking Project half term event at the Lightbox

As part of the Old Woking communtity test pitting project, an open day event will take place over the February half term at the Lightbox, in Woking (Chobham Rd, Woking, GU21 4AA).

This will involve a special public exhibition displaying material found in the previous seasons of excavation at the settlement (2009-18) and information on plans for the 2019 season.

Activities will also be available for children, including the chance to be an archaeologist and dig for artefacts in our sandboxes, and living history demonstrations from a prehistoric flintknapper.

Medieval Studies Forum - Wool and Sheep


10.30am  Registration: tea and coffee available
11.00am  “From wool to cloth: the medieval textile industry in southern  England, 1300-1600.” Dr John Hare, visiting research fellow at the University of Winchester
12.00am  "Tithes on wool in east Surrey in 1535." Peter Balmer
12.30pm  “Sheep & Wool – a practical guide.” David Graham

12.45pm  Lunch break – tea and coffee available

Bookham Courte

A fourth season of excavation at Bookham Courte, a medieval manor house near the centre of Great Bookham. Of the four new trenches, one was an extension of trench 7 in 2016. All the trenches contained medieval pottery suggesting the site went back to the 11th century. The remains of flint and mortar walls were found, but the archaeology showed that there had been various buildings or structures in the area over a long period.

Woking Palace publication

Many members of the Society will have participated in or visited the excavations at Woking Palace which took place between 2009 and 2015 and some will have visited the new permanent exhibition about the Palace and its surrounding deer-park at The Lightbox in Woking. The final stage of the HLF project has the production of a full report on these investigations at the Palace, which will provide much of interest to both archaeologists and those interested in the history of the medieval manor and its transformation into a Tudor palace. This will be followed later in 2018 by a shorter booklet aimed at the general public. 

For anyone now wishing to purchase a copy the details are as follows: 


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