The Mick Aston Annual Lecture

man in a blue t-shirt holding a glass of wineEvery year we sponsor a high-profile public lecture in Cirencester. The lecture is aimed at a general audience and we normally attract over 100 people. Admittance is free. In 2014 we christened the event the Mick Aston Annual Lecture in memory of Mick Aston, who was a trustee of Cotswold Archaeology between 1990 and 2004.

Over the last quarter century we have had some famous speakers talking on a wide variety of topics. The lecture is now an annual high spot in the civic life of Cirencester.


Next Lecture

No. 25 2019 Professor Helena Hamerow The Origins of Wessex: Archaeology and Landscape in the Upper Thames Valley, 5th-7th centuries AD


Previous Lectures

No. 24 2018 Richard Osgood Last March of the Tanks: An Archaeology of the WW1 Battle of Bullecourt
See the recording on our YouTube channel.

No. 23 2017 Mark Maltby Animals and Society in the Roman Cotswolds (in association with the Roman Society)

No. 22 2016 Richard Buckley The King Under the Carpark: Greyfriars, Leicester and the Search for Richard III

No. 21 2015 Timothy Darvill and Neil Holbrook Grismond’s Tower and Cirencester’s Western Roman Cemeteries (in association with the Roman Society 

No. 20 2014 Robert van-de-Noort Morgawr: Building a Bronze Age-Type Sewn-Plank Boat and Exploring Prehistoric Seafaring Through Experimental Archaeology (in association with the Prehistoric Society)

Lecture Series Christened ‘The Mick Aston Annual Lecture’

No. 19 2013 Ray Laurence Childhood in Roman Pompeii (in association with the Roman Society)

No. 18 2012 Simon Esmonde Cleary Rethinking Chedworth Roman Villa

No. 17 2011 Kevin Leahy The Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon Hoard

No. 16 2010 Tom Moore Birth of a Capital. Becoming Roman in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds

No. 15 2009 David Viner A Rich Resource. Studying Cirencester’s Historic Buildings

No. 14 2008 Roger Ling Mosaics and Other Animals. Domestic Art in the Roman Cotswolds

No. 13 2007 Bob Bewley A Future for our Past

No. 12 2006 Timothy Mowl In the Footsteps of Pevsner – Discoveries in the English Landscape 

No. 11 2005 Martin Carver Sutton Hoo and the Invention of Kingship

No. 10 2004 Henry Hurst Roman Cirencester and Gloucester Compared

No. 9 2003 Timothy Darvill From Condicote to Stonehenge

No. 8 2002 Christopher Dyer Cotswold Wool Towns – A Myth Exposed

No. 7 2001 Charles Thomas Early Christianity

No. 6 2000 Timothy Darvill and Neil Holbrook Cirencester 2000 Years Ago

No. 5 1999 Julian Richards Meet the Ancestors

No. 4 1998 Michael Fulford Pompeii

No. 3 1997 Catherine Johns Treasures: Gold and Silver from Roman Britain

No. 2 1996 Mick Aston Making Time Team

No. 1 1995 Graham Webster Pagans and Christians