Since its foundation in 1849 the Society has promoted the preservation, study and enjoyment of archaeology, history and architecture in the historic county of Cheshire and neighbouring areas, and the understanding of these subjects generally. Membership is open to everybody who shares our interests and we welcome enquiries from individual and other societies.

Our activities include monthly lectures from the Autumn to the Spring, Summer excursions on demand, undertaking or encouraging relevant research, campaigning on local heritage issues, publication of an annual journal and a twice-yearly newsletter, and maintenance of our own specialist library.

For more information about the Chester Archaeological Society please read our History and Activities page.


Lecture 7th December: London’s Waterfront 1200 – 1666: archaeology and history

This lecture by Dr John Schofield (formerly Museum of London) will be held on 7th December at 2:30pm at the Grosvenor Museum. This presentation will summarise the main findings for the period 1100–1666 from four excavations of 1974–84.
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The Neston Collieries, 1759–1855: An Industrial Revolution in Rural Cheshire

This new book by Anthony Annakin-Smith will be available shortly.
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Ruins, Relics and Monsters: Public History and Place-making in Chester and beyond

This free public lecture by Professor Catherine Clarke will be held on Wednesday 13th November at the University of Chester
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Lecture 6th November: A summer of discovery in Wales!

This lecture by Dr Toby Driver (RCAHMW) will be held on 6th November at 7:30pm at the Grosvenor Museum. The lecture will revisit the intense hot summer of 2018 when aerial archaeological discoveries came thick and fast!
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Dee House and Amphitheatre Drop-in Sessions – postponed

The planned drop-in sessions to share the recommendations of the Working Group with the wider community have been postponed until week commencing 13th January 2020. When available further details will be published here.

Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society volume 89 for 2019

Eligible members will be receiving their copies of the latest issue of our journal in the next two weeks.
Click here to see the wide range of articles.
If you are not a member of the Society but would like a copy, they will be available for £10.50 (£7.50 plus £3.00 p&p). Email webmaster@chesterarchaeolsoc.org.uk
If you enjoy reading it, why not join us for 2020? You can download a membership application form from http://chesterarchaeolsoc.org.uk/how-to-join/

2018 TAG Conference – videos of presentations

The 40th Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference took place in the historic city of Chester.
Recordings of the presentations are now available.
Click here to download the link to these presentations

Britain’s Earliest Mining Boom Revealed!

This month’s edition of Antiquity Journal publishes a paper on the Great Orme Bronze Age copper mine by Dr Alan Williams, a CAS member.
Click here to read the University of Liverpool summary of this paper
Click here to read the full paper on line

Sandstone Ridge Walk and Ride Festival

The Sandstone Ridge Walk and Ride Festival will take place from 5th to 13th October 2019
Click here to download the Programme of Events

Edge of Empire: Recent Work on Roman History in the North-West

‘Edge of Empire: Recent Work on Roman History in the North-West’. A day school organised by the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, Wigan and Leigh College, Saturday 5 October.
Click here for the programme and booking form.