Forthcoming Events

21 October 2016, 7.30pm

GAS meeting  at the Archers Way Library

Paul Ashdown will speak on:

The Siege of Badon Hill - 1,500th Anniversary?

This year of 2016 marks the fifteen-hundredth anniversary of the only date ancient annals provide for the siege of Badon Hill, one of the most celebrated engagements of the British Dark Ages. The actual date is as controversial as most other aspects of the battle. Fought between post-Roman British forces and Germanic invaders, it is agreed to have occurred at some point in the late fifth or early sixth centuries, conventionally expressed as 'circa 500'.

The two figures most closely associated with it, the British writer Gildas, who first recorded it, and Arthur, later accounted the victor, both have firm legendary ties to Glastonbury. The battle itself, moreover, has intriguing implications for the early history of the West Saxon kingdom, of which Glastonbury became a significant institution.

18 November 2016, 7.30pm

GAS AGM at the Archers Way Library after which

Dr Tim Hopkinson-Ball will speak on:

The Lost Cathedral of Bath, with reference to Glastonbury Abbey

Bath Abbey – more accurately the parish church and former cathedral church of St Saviour, St Peter and St Paul – is frequently cited in architectural works and histories of the city, but pilgrimage to Bath and the cult of saints at the medieval cathedral priory has been almost completely ignored.

While understandable – the great Romanesque cathedral church has all but vanished and its Tudor successor was barely complete at the Reformation – it is unfortunate, as the rest of the medieval diocese, which of course includes Glastonbury Abbey and Wells Cathedral, has been treated in some detail. 

In this talk, the history of Bath’s lost Benedictine cathedral priory will be traced from 1090 until the dissolution of the monastery in January 1539. The Romanesque great church will be described, the story of the city’s ‘lost’ saint will be addressed and Bath’s connections with Glastonbury Abbey explored.

28 January 2017, 9.30am

The Glastonbury Studies Seminar

at the Abbey House

The Other Avalonians - Scholars and Eccentrics of Glastonbury's Romantic Era

17 February 2017, 7.30pm

GAS meeting at the Archers Way Library

Dr Adam Stout: New Findings on Glastonbury’s eighteenth-century Spa.

17 March 2017, 7.30pm

GAS meeting at the Archers Way Library

 Jonathan Sawyer: The Bishops Palace in Wells.

21 April 2017, 7.30pm

GAS meeting at the Archers Way Library

Neill Bonham: Hallstatt to La Tène, Arthur Bulleid's inspiration

19 May 2017, 7.30pm

GAS meeting at the Archers Way Library

Richard Brunning: Beckery Chapel Excavation findings

16 June 2017

GAS Field Trip

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