Chester Archaeological Society

The Chester Archaeological Society was founded in 1849 and has a long history of research and conservation. Our interests range over archaeology, history, architectural history and conservation, with particular reference to Chester, Cheshire and North Wales. 

Together with the Chester Society of Natural Science, Literature and Art, the Society founded the Grosvenor Museum, opened in 1886, and played a key role in establishing Chester's renowned collection of Roman inscriptions and sculptures. It has sponsored many archaeological investigations and was largely responsible for ensuring the preservation and display of Chester's Roman amphitheatre. 

Present-day activities of the Society 

  • Monthly lectures from Autumn to Spring by expert speakers on a wide range of topics
  • A lively programme of day- and weekend excursions in the Summer
  • Fieldwork projects in collaboration with local professional organisations
  • Publication of a nationally renowned specialist journal
  • Publication of a twice-yearly newsletter
  • Maintenance of its own library with a fine, wide-ranging collection of books

The events and facilities of the Society are open to the general public. 

How to Join 

Classes of membership  

In order to support the Society's ambitious programme of activities, we have had to increase our subcription rates from 1 January 2001 as follows 

  • Ordinary - £15.00 per year
  • Associate - £7.00 per year
  • Institutional - £20.00 per year
  • Student - £7.00 per year

An Associate Member may be either a person in receipt of a State retirement pension, or a member of an Ordinary Member's family living at the same address. The Student membership is open to any student in full-time education. 

The benefits of membership 

Ordinary and Associate Members are entitled to:  

  • Attend lectures organised by the Society free of charge 
  • Take part in the Society's excursions at preferential rates 
  • Borrow books from the Society's library 

All members receive copies of the Society's twice-yearly newsletter, The Chester Antiquary. Ordinary and Institutional Members also receive copies of the Society's Journal. 

Join now! 

To join the Society, print out and complete this form, then return it to the Membership Secretary, Mrs Kathryn Miles, 10 Deansway, Tarvin, Chester CH3 8LX. (Tel: 01829 741207). 

Paying your subscription by Banker's Order reduces the Society's administrative costs and enables the maximum amount of funds to be used for Members' benefit. 

Chairman Dr Ian Archibald. Tel (01244) 680096 
Vice-Chairman Mr Philip Miles. Tel (01829) 741207  
Honorary Secretary Mr Alan Williams. Tel (01244) 310563 
Membership Secretary Mrs Kathryn Miles. Tel (01829) 741207  
Honorary Treasurer Mr Alan Austin. Tel (01244) 682332 Honorary Editor Dr Meggen Gondek. Tel (01244) 512150 
Honorary Newsletter Editor Dr Ian Archibald. Tel (01244) 680096 
Honorary Librarian Dr Derek Nuttall. Tel  (01244) 660501 
Excursions co-ordinator Ms Margaret Ford. Tel (01244) 321393 
Fieldwork co-ordinator Mr Phillip Miles. Tel (01829) 741207 

Mail for any of these officers can be sent via Dr Peter Carrington, c/o Chester Archaeology, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD.