Welcome to the Glastonbury Antiquarian Society Website
The society's AGM will be held in the small hall at Glastonbury Town Hall, on Friday 10th November at 7.00pm. After the AGM, at approximately 7.30pm, there will be a talk on Glastonbury photographs and photographers by Francis Thyer. Francis spoke to us in May on the life and work of 'John Hinde: 'Street' Photographer' and we look forward to what promises to be an excellent and informative lecture.
The rest of the 2023 / 2024 Lecture Programme can be found on the Lecture Programme page.
Please lend a hand and consider joining our committee
We need help from some keen and interested society members, to run the Society’s business. If you’re interested in standing for the committee, do get in touch with our Chair. If we all do our bit, it will really help a lot. For more information, please look at 'The committee and Officers' page.
The Godney Canoe
The canoe is housed in the Tribunal on Glastonbury High Street. Wood samples from the canoe were sent for carbon dating earlier this year. Tests revealed that the canoe is not of Iron Age date as had been previously assumed, but is actually of Anglo-Saxon manufacture. Dating from between the early 6th to early 7th century, it is the only Anglo-Saxon boat to have been found in Somerset.
A paper containing all the latest research on the canoe can be found at the bottom of this page.
(Dr T.F Hopkinson-Ball, Chairman, Glastonbury Antiquarian Society)
The Godney Canoe, photographed soon after its discovery in 1892.
The Godney Canoe today, housed in the Tudor Kitchen at Glastonbury Museum at the Tribunal.