It’s time to say goodbye!
With a tinge of sadness, but no regrets, Marlow Archaeological Society (MAS) will close shortly, as will this website. There are no regrets because it will be replaced by the Marlow Archaeology Group (MAG). This will combine the resources of both MAS and Archaeology in Marlow (AIM) to provide a clearer and stronger voice for archaeology locally. The offer to members will be at least as good as they presently get from both existing societies. Already, most MAS and AIM members have opted-in to the new Group. We worked together recently at Cookham on the excavation led by University of Reading that looked for evidence of the Early Medieval minster of Queen Cynethrith, widow of Offa (he of the dyke).
There will be no interruption of monthly talks and the next, on 16th September, is advertised on this page.
The MAG website will be up and running shortly, though not all pages will be complete. In the meantime, please address any queries or requests to firstname.lastname@example.org, or membership applications to email@example.com
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A single archaeological group for Marlow
The Society’s Annual General Meeting was held on 24th June this year when the principal item on the agenda was a resolution to dissolve the Society, as a prelude to joining a single archaeological group for Marlow, the Marlow Archaeology Group. The AGM for Archaeology in Marlow was held separately the same evening with an equivalent item on the agenda. The outcome of the vote at the MAS AGM, together with emailed votes from members who did not attend the AGM was strongly in favour of the resolution with 90% of the votes cast. The members of AiM also voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining the Marlow Archaeology Group.
The Interim Trustees of the new Group and the committees of both MAS and AiM will now finalise arrangements for the closure of the existing societies and the transfer of assets and those members wishing to transfer, to the new Group. It is hoped the have the new Group in place by the autumn. Members of both societies will be kept informed of progress. A talks programme is already arranged into 2022. [see below]
Membership details for the new society will be available soon on its website, which will be launched soon on https://www.marlowarch.co.uk/
The Marlow Warlord
You will have seen the national news about the recent excavation in which a few MAS members were involved, also mentioned in our Autumn members' Update.
Dr Gabor Thomas of the University of Reading, who led the excavation, was interviewed for a BBC History Radio podcast last week - the link is below. It is much more in-depth than the initial press coverage and touches on a range of issues concerning early medieval archaeology in the Thames region and beyond. Click here to listen to the podcast
Marlow Archaeological Society - better known as Marlow Archaeology, or MAS - is an active local society dedicated to widening knowledge of the archaeology and history of Marlow and the surrounding area - and sharing it with the wider community.
Our monthly talks programme in Marlow has become increasingly popular. It covers various historical and archaeological subjects that are mostly presented by leading experts in their field. We run regular fieldwork projects involving excavations, geophysics, research and reports. Visits are organised to places of interest.
We work with other local organisations to encourage public interest in supporting and conserving the archaeological and historical heritage of the Marlow area. We are involved in many local events, such as fêtes and regattas, which provide an opportunity to communicate with visitors to our stand and display our activities and findings.
Many of our members are also involved in projects around the country and we use their experience gained to improve our society.
New members are always welcome – some are interested in archaeology while others may just enjoy attending our talks and events. No previous archaeological experience is necessary as training and guidance are always on offer.
We are an active local society dedicated to widening our knowledge of the archaeology and history of Marlow and around - and sharing it with the wider community.
If you share our fascination with the past, why not get in touch?