Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society

About Us

The society was established in the late 1950s, and became Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society in 1995, reflecting its county-wide activities and its publication of original research papers.

Cruck-trussed houses in Lichfield, the Wyrley and Essington Canal, and Iron Age forts in the Cotswolds were some of the talks in the first season, and this diverse pattern continues today. But talks now have a wider, national context. We have had talks on  Discovering Charles I, Early Neolithic Longhouses, Fin -cop; A hill-top at War,  The King under the Car Park, The Trent Valley Railway , The Zepplin Raid over Walsall of 1916 and Pugin in Staffordshire.

Newsletters are produced for our members three times a year, and the society organises outings to places of historical interest . These have included  visits to Fauld Gypsum Mine, The Tower Brewery, Burton-on-Trent and Chartley Castle in the north of the county.

Documentary research is undertaken from time to time, and survey work is accomplished too: an examination of Staffordshire churches included St. John the Baptist, Croxall; St. Michael and All Angels, Hamstall Ridware, and St. Lawrence, Gnosall.

In 2005-2009 the Landscape of the Parish of Shenstone was surveyed, undertaken with the help of Local Heritage Initiative funding. Earlier, the Society had its brush with celebrity - the late Professor Mick Aston of Time Team began his career digging with us.

The society retains a special interest in the Roman site at Wall, Letocetum, We took a great interest in the finds from the Staffordshire Hoard and became Foundation Members of the Appeal for the Savr the Hoard for Staffordshire Appeal by giving a large donation.

A  major part of our Activities is the editing and production of the Societies Transaction, roughly once a year. We now look forward in the 21st century to new ideas and new techniques which are further developing our understanding of the past, and of Staffordshire in particular.

For more information the Committee of the Society is here.


Registered Charity No 500586

A charter from Seisdon near Wolverhampton, read for its owner by SAHS.

The charter is from the reign of Edward III concerning  ‘Pear Hill Field.’ The transaction mentions Thomas the shepherd and Thomas Stevens


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