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Gloucestershire Section

Meetings of the Gloucestershire section are held at St Johns Church, Churchdown, GL3 2DB and start at 8.00pm, unless otherwise stated.
There is a £1 charge per visitor per meeting. For more details contact: Miss Angela Newcombe (01452 859308 / newcombe@warrentwo.fsnet.co.uk).


Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Russell Weston
Gloucestershire's Cistercian Abbeys
2.30pm, in the Parliament Room, Gloucester Cathedral

The Cistercians were one of the new 'reformed' monastic orders established in France during the early twelfth century The order spread rapidly throughout Europe, with the three abbeys of Kingswood, Flaxley and Hailes being founded in Gloucestershire. The talk explores who the Cistercians were, how the three, quite different Gloucestershire abbeys were established and developed, and how the Cistercian monasteries and estates differed from those of the other monastic orders such as the Benedictines.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Paul Barnett
Lydney's Lost Fleet - The Lydney Ships Graveyard

A wander through a 1930s Severnside Victorian dock down to the foreshore and its collection of abandoned maritime relics.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Dr Graham Barton
The Supply of Olive Oil to the Roman Garrison at Glevum

Olive oil was a vital commodity for the Roman army. This talk will trace the oil's journey from the olive presses in Roman Spain to the legionary fortress in Gloucester in the 1st century AD and will examine how the supply chain was organised and the route(s) the oil followed.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Alex Knight
Anglo-Saxon Dene

The talk examines what the evidence is for the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons into the Forest of Dean and whether we can find traces of their impact.

Wednesday 20 March 2019
Daniel Sausins, Cotswold Archaeology
Gloscat Media Studies Site: 'Outside the Wall'.

A summary of recent archaeological investigation at the former Media Studies College on Brunswick Road, Gloucester. Situated immediately outside the Roman and medieval town defences, the excavation revealed evidence for early Roman industrial activity. This was followed in the mid to late Roman periods by the creation of Barton Cemetery from which, approximately 200 burials were recovered. Activity associated with the post-Roman, medieval and early postmedieval periods, including field systems and a timber-framed building, were also identified suggesting continued occupation of the site spanning at least 1800 years.