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'The Bronze Age and Iron Age in Wallingford: the results of excavations at Slade End Farm'

This latest talk at The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) will be given by Gerry Thacker of Oxford Archaeology.

The talk will focus on the proposed Slade End Farm housing development in Wallingford, which covers some 20 hectares (200,000 sq.m). This site was unusual for the Thames Valley, in that Roman archaeology was almost entirely absent. The presentation will discuss the prehistoric remains, with some attempt to place these within the wider landscape, especially in regard to previous investigations around the town. Slade End Farm archaeology dates from the Mesolithic era to the late Iron Age, with relatively few gaps in between. Although earlier remains are present, the site really comes alive in the middle Bronze Age when we see the advent of the first true field systems, of a type we may recognise in today's agricultural landscape. During the late Bronze Age / early Iron Age a double alignment of pits was excavated along the southern boundary of the site, and a later Iron Age crouched burial was inserted into one of these. The talk will also describe the extensive Iron Age settlement of the site, when numerous roundhouses were present, along with waterholes and grain storage pits and platforms.

Our previous talk about the Winterbrook excavation will be briefly discussed to describe some of the findings from that site and how they relate to Slade End Farm.

Our speaker, Gerry Thacker, has worked for Oxford Archaeology for some 20 years, and is a Senior Project Manager specialising in running large scale rural excavations throughout the Thames Valley and beyond - although he has dabbled in everything from the Upper Palaeolithic through to industrial era sites.

This talk will be held on Wednesday 9th Oct, 7.45 for 8pm, at St Mary’s Church, Wallingford.
Visitors (£4) are most welcome.

Katharine Keats-Rohan


Agatha Christie Weekend 2019

Fri 6th to Sun 8th Sept

The Agatha Christie Weekend 2019 has an intriguing programme of events ..........

+ Friday evening will feature Science Oxford's CSI Wallingford at Wallingford Museum. The crime scene is still fresh, so it’s time to send in the forensic team to collect evidence and unravel alibis. This Forensic Challenge includes blood splatter analysis, chemical testing for gun residues, and digital forensics.We estimate the challenge will take roughly 1.5 - 2 hours. Bring your mobile phone for photographing clues.

Sessions from: 6.30pm, 7.15pm and 8pm; suitable for ages 18+

Booking (£12) in advance essential, at or buy tickets from Wallingford Museum or phone 01491 651127

+ The Saturday evening talk at Cholsey Chuch (where Agatha Christie and Max Mallowan are buried) will be 'Murder Most Flowery: Agatha Christie's Use of Horticulture in the Creation and Solving of Whodunits' by Ruth Brompton-Charlesworth Ph.D. FLS. This fascinating talk for all with an interest in gardens, detects the importance of Agatha’s plant knowledge in the solving of crime and the committing of murder!

Venue: 8pm Cholsey’s St. Mary’s Church (doors open at 7.30pm)

Tickets £12 (incl glass of wine) bookable in advance online or from Ray Park Butcher, Cholsey or Wallingford Museum or phone 01491 651127

+ All weekend there is an enhanced Agatha Christie exhibition ('At home with the Queen of Crime') at Wallingford Museum, and an acclaimed 'A is for Agatha' art exhibition inspired by her books in Cholsey Old School, where refreshments are available.

The heritage Cholsey and Wallingford Railway will be running trains linking the town and village.

+ As usual, there are a range of guided walks, such as the Agatha Christie Trail between Wallingford and Cholsey, history, and themed walks around the town, and Cholsey churchyard and Church.

+ ​ " Tea ! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea ! " - Agatha Christie

On Sunday, take a look inside the Grade 1 listed Town Hall to brush up on local history and view the Town treasures and on Saturday afternoon partake in a vintage style tea.

The theme may be murder, but the emphasis is on enjoyment!​

H. Poirot

A Night at the Museum

Wallingford Museum will have a special one-off evening opening at half price (Adults £2.50, accompanied children free as usual), on Friday 25th Oct (6pm to 9pm) offering a chance to see our current exhibitions and also take a look 'behind the scenes' at a time when we are usually closed.  You can also find out more about how the museum is run and what opportunities there are to join the team of volunteers!

Your very last chance to see...

There is a last chance to see this year’s special exhibition 'Once upon a time…’ - the changing face of Wallingford at Wallingford Museum, as the Museum closes for the winter on the 30th November, to prepare for new presentations in 2020.

This exhibition is about how we connect with times past by exploring Wallingford's history and archaeology. Wherever we live, the familiar surroundings of our houses, our streets and our town, can remind us of the people that came before us, their work and their lives shaping our present and our future.

In this engaging journey of discovery throughout the museum, you’ll be invited to share any local knowledge you may have and to reminisce about your own history. Old and young alike can enjoy 'hands on' activities, discovering the secrets of garden archaeology and tracing the passage of time through photographs and objects, all of which reflect the changing face of Wallingford.

The exhibition runs throughout the museum, with a sheet to guide people round. There are 'hands on' things for children - a 'Family Friendly' experience.

The Museum is open until 30 November on Tuesdays to Fridays 2.00pm - 5.00pm, and Saturdays 10.30am - 5.00pm.

Judy Dewey

Summary of What's On at Wallingford Museum:-

Tuesdays to Saturdays - Wallingford Museum's new exhibition 'Once upon a time… - the changing face of Wallingford.'
9 Oct - TWHAS talk: 'The Bronze Age and Iron Age in Wallingford: the results of excavations at Slade End Farm'
Fri 25 Oct - 'A Night at the Museum'
April 2020 (Saturday mornings) - Wallingford's Guided Historic Town Walks will start again
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