COLAS lecture meetings are usually held on the third Friday of the month, with the Christmas Social on the second Friday of December.

From 20 May 2022, we hope to hold hybrid lectures: attendees can join online or join us in person at the church of St Olave, 8 Hart Street, London EC3R 7NB.

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Doors open at 18:30 for a 19:00 start; the lecture is followed around 20:30 with an opportunity to chat with the lecturer and fellow members over tea and biscuits, with a optional extension to an adjacent pub.

Lectures are free to members; non-members are welcome, but are asked to sign the visitors’ book and to donate £3 toward expenses.

2022 Lectures and walks
We are now holding hybrid lectures: you can join online through Zoom or join us in person at the church of St Olave, 8 Hart Street, London EC3R 7NB. Lectures will commence at 7pm.

15 July
City Graveyards walk starting at 7pm outside exit 2 of St Paul’s Underground Station. The walk will take in 3 churchyards starting with St Paul’s and look at their history and legends. Duration: about 1 and a half hours.
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17 June
Syon Abbey revi sited: reconstructing England’s wealthiest nunnery
Archaeologist Robert Cowie explores how the story of Syon Abbey has evolved in light of more recent discoveries.
There is no recording of this lecture

20 May
HS2 archaeology: An introduction to St Mary’s in Stoke Mandeville
with Guy Hunt, LP Archaeology.
There is no recording of this lecture

22 April
The Greenwich Park Revealed Project: Community Archaeologist, Andrew Mayfield detailed some of the archaeological work and historical research undertaken during year one of an exciting three-year community archaeology project at the Royal Park in Greenwich.
> Watch the lecture on YouTube

18 March
This year HS1, with Eurostars into St Pancras International marks 15 years of operation. Climb aboard for an archaeology tour down the line.
There is no recording of this lecture

18 February
Gustav Milne, archaeologist and COLAS President takes an eco-archaeological approach to London’s topography after the Blitz.
> Watch the lecture on YouTube

21 January
Nathalie Cohen, National Trust Regional Archaeologist for Kent and East Sussex talked about her recent work at Smallhythe Place, Kent.
> Watch the lecture on YouTube

2021 Lectures and walks
Lectures commence at 7pm.

10 December
‘Eanswythe found: investigating the relics of a Kentish royal saint’, Rev Dr Lesley Hardy and Dr Andrew Richardson.

19 November
‘The Consul’s China: Regency period finds from America Square’, Jacqui Pearce, MOLA
> Watch the lecture on YouTube

15 October
A mammoth tale: the ice age history of the river Thames
Dr Martin Bates explores the prehistory of London’s river over a million years of climate change and shifting landscapes.
> Watch the lecture on YouTube

16 July
Borough High Street Walk SOLD OUT
A summer evening’s walk through two thousand years of London history, from Roman London Bridge to Tudor Suffolk Place.

18 June
‘Revealing Holywell Priory: Recent excavations’ by Matt Edmonds from PreConstruct Archaeology
> Watch the lecture on our YouTube channel

21 May
‘Characterising the Roman Pottery Manufacturing Site in Highgate Wood’ by Harvey Sheldon

18 April
‘Medieval London: games, toys and recreation’ by Eliot Benbow
> Watch the lecture on our YouTube channel

26 March
‘The Havering Hoard’. Kate Sumnall, Museum of London
> Watch the lecture on our YouTube channel

19 February
‘Medieval bridge building as an act of piety’.  Bruce Watson.
> Watch the lecture on our YouTube channel

15 January
‘Bankside’s Rose Playhouse’, Suzanne Marie Taylor, MA.

2020 Lectures

21 August 2020
We welcomed archaeologist @Nathalie_Cohen to hear about the exciting discoveries at Canterbury cathedral.
> Watch the lecture online on our YouTube channel

18 September 2020
Gustav Milne told a forgotten story of the Thames at war during the London Blitz and the teams who saved London from drowning.
Watch the lecture online on our YouTube channel

Friday 16 October 2020 at 7pm
We welcomed John Clark, Curator Emeritus, Museum of London, who talked on Rubbish or ritual? Medieval treasure in the Thames

Friday 20 November at 7pm
We welcomed Matt Pope from UCL.
From the Neanderthal bone heaps of La Cotte de St Brelade to the Ice Age art of Les Varines, the La Manche Prehistoric research group have focused over ten years of research in the Channel Island of Jersey in order to unlock it’s Ice Age secrets.

COLAS Lectures 2019

  • January 2019: A Conversation about Conservation, Andy Holbrook, Museum of London
  • February 2019: AGM and Lecture, Thames Landing Craft, Gustav Milne, UCL
  • March 2019: London’s Waterfront from C-12th to 1666, John Schofield, urban archaeologist and architectural historian
  • April 2019: City Trowel Blazers: Women in London Archaeology, Dr Sadie Watson, MOLA
  • May 2019: Archaeology at Knole House, Nathalie Cohen, National Trust
  • June 2019: London in Fragments: A Mudlark’s Treasures, Edward Sandling
  • July 2019: Medieval Mass Burial at St Mary Spital, Don Walker, Museum of London
  • August 2019: Members’ Night
  • September 2019: From Roman Activity East of the Forum to Post-Medieval Guildhall (120 Fenchurch Street), Neil Hawkins, PCA
  • October 2019: Public Executions in London, Robert Stephenson, City Guide
  • November 2019: London’s Lost City Churches, Signe Hoffos, Friends of the City Churches

COLAS Lectures 2018

  • January 2018: Tower Bridge and the Bridge House Estates, Dirk Bennett, Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • February 2018: Uncivilised Genes: Human Evolution and the Urban Paradox, Gustav Milne, UCL
  • March 2018: The Archaeology of Western Sicily, Ian Jones
  • April 2018: The Rediscovery of Roman London: From John Stow to William Stukeley, John Clark, Museum of London
  • May 2018: Septimus Severus, First Hammer of the Scots, Dr Simon Elliott
  • June 2018: Guided walk around Rotherhithe, Led by City Guide and COLAS Vice-Chairman, Robert Stephenson
  • July 2018: Civil War London, The Militarized City, David Flintham, historian 
  • August 2018: One Thames or Two? The Archaeology of London’s River, Jon Cotton, archaeological consultant
  • September 2018: The Archaeology of Fulham Palace, Alexis Haslam, Community Archaeologist
  • October 2018: Respect Your Elders – Old Swords in Anglo-Saxon England, Dr Sue Brunning, British Museum
  • November 2018: A Sarcophagus and a Roman Road in Southwark, Excavations at 25-29 Harper Road, Ireneo Grosso, PCA

COLAS Lectures 2017

  • January 2017: Raising The Curtain, Excavations at the Curtain Theatre, Shoreditch, Heather Knight, MOLA
  • February 2017: The Archaeology of Crossrail: Overview and Update, Jay Carver, Crossrail
  • March 2017: The Work of a Building Curator for Historic Royal Palaces, Daniel Jackson, HRP
  • April 2017: Excavations at 100 Minories, Guy Hunt, LP Archaeology
  • May 2017: Ancient Merv, A Forgotten City on the Silk Roads of Central Asia, Tim Williams, Institute of Archaeology UCL
  • June 2017: Built on Bones, Cities and Their Skeletons, Dr Brenna Hassett, Natural History Museum
  • July 2017: From Battle Bridge To King’s Cross The Making of an Inner London Suburb, Rebecca Haslam PCA 
  • August 2017: COLAS Members’ Evening
  • September 2017: 21 Lime Street, City, Revisited, Again, Lesley Dunwoodie and Ian Betts MOLA
  • October 2017: Royal Burials at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Lesley Grout
  • November 2017: Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Holy Family School Walthamstow, Shane Maher PCA
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