the wessex chronicle
One thing I have been meaning to do for ages is upload back issues of the Chronicle to the website. Well, with the change in format, now seems the perfect opportunity. Each of the links below will allow you to download a PDF of all the Chronicles I still have available, starting in 2012, when the digital edition was first launched. The most recent issues are not included, in deference to those who had subscribed.
Volume 13, Issue 1
Volume 13, Issue 2
Volume 13, Issue 3
Volume 13, Issue 4
Volume 14, Issue 1
Volume 14, Issue 2
Volume 14, Issue 3
Volume 14, Issue 4
Volume 15, Issue 1
Volume 15, Issue 2
Volume 15, Issue 3
Volume 15, Issue 4
Volume 16, Issue 1
Volume 16, Issue 2
Volume 16, Issue 3
Volume 16, Issue 4
Volume 17, Issue 1
Volume 17, Issue 2
Volume 17, Issue 3
Volume 17, Issue 4
Well, it's been a while since anything has been posted to this blog, but that's about to change. You see, at our meeting on the 7th of October, we decided to disband as an organisation with a formal membership structure. But that does not mean the end of Wessex Society by any means. The Wessex Chronicle will now turn from a hugely expensive print magazine with a tiny circulation to...well, this blog. Contact us if you have an idea for an article or interview that you would like to see published. Our quarterly meetings in Salisbury will change from business meetings, with agendas and minutes, to purely social gatherings. And instead of membership fees, we now have a Patreon page, where people can donate online. The average monthly donation for Patreon pages is $4.44 (£3.34). At the time of writing this, the Society has 244 likes on Facebook. If each of those people donated the average amount, we could have an annual income of nearly £10,000. With that sort of money, we could achieve all sorts of projects that we had to shelve for lack of funds, such as:
The Winchester community group Hyde 900 is holding its annual King Alfred's Weekend between Thursday 20th and Sunday 23rd October. See http://www.hyde900.org.uk/events/ for details. Thanks to Douglas Stuckey for alertingme to this.
The above images come from Dorset County Council, which was one of several councils to fly the Wessex flag outside its offices again this year. Somerset and Wiltshire councils also agreed to fly the flag, as did Portsmouth and Bristol City Councils, though a trip down to City Hall in Bristol failed to yield any evidence of them actually flying the flag we sent them. South Gloucestershire once again flatly refused, while Swindon asked for a flag, but not until the actual day, meaning that there was no way that we could get a flag to them on time.
Outside local government, Wiltshire Museum also flew the flag, pictured left. We had visited the museum as part of our annual St Ealdhelm's Day walk, which this year was held in Devizes. A full report of the walk will appear in the next issue of the Wessex Chronicle.
One of our members has forwarded a programme from the Wessex Academy for Field Archaeology, based in Blandford Forum. The following events each cost £30 per day for members and £35 for non-members.
Saturday 14th May: Practical Earthwork Survey with Mark Bowden of Historic England's survey team.
Saturday 11th June: Flint Knapping, Principles and Practice with Anthony Whitlock of the Ancient Technology Centre.
Saturday 16th - Friday 29th July : Summer Excavation of the "lost" chapel at Lazerton medieval village.
Saturday 24th September: An Introduction to Aerial Photography with Mark Corney (Time Team).
Saturday 12th November: Fieldwalking with WAFA lead archaeologist Julian Richards.
Saturday 17th December: Winter Solstice Open Day at Mick's Barn. This event is FREE!
Further details can be found at www.wafa.org.uk To book a place, contact firstname.lastname@example.org