Much of the AALHS’s collection is displayed in a museum, which is housed in the KING JOHN’S HUNTING LODGE in Axbridge. The property is owned by the National Trust and is administered by The Axbridge and District Museum Trust.
The Society is affiliated to the SOMERSET ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY (SANHS) and participates in many of that Society’s projects and conferences.
“The Society promotes the study of archaeology, natural history, local history and historic buildings with particular reference to the county of Somerset and is an important point of contact for anyone with an interest in understanding and protecting the heritage of Somerset. Meetings and excursions take place each month throughout the year. The Society has a library collection held at the Somerset Heritage Centre, Taunton and publishes its Proceedings annually“.
MICK ASTON’S YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS
“MAYA is a new branch of the Young Archaeologists Club, a national organisation run by the Council for British Archaeology. The club has been set up at the request of and in memory of Mick Aston who lived and worked in Somerset. MAYA has been set up with the full support of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society Board and has recently been accepted as an Associated Society.
MAYA is aimed at 8 – 16 year olds, and it’s a great way to get young people interested in archaeology.”
The Museum was formed in 1893 and has the objective of “maintaining a museum for the benefit of the public of the city of Wells and the Mendip area, and advancing the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the historical & natural environment of the Wells and Mendip area.”
COUNCIL FOR BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY (CBA)
“An independent charity whose overall aim is to open up the UK’s rich heritage or all and safeguard it for future generations.
Membership includes regular issues of the magazine British Archaeology, as well as opportunities to participate in local CBA group activities.”
“The magazine aims to bridge the gap between the amateur and the professional in archaeology. Most of the articles are written by the archaeologists involved, and are then edited to ensure it is accessible to all. We aim neither to preach, nor to give a bare recital of facts. Instead we tell you the stories; why the excavators went there; how they made thir discoveries; what they found – and what it all means.”
SOUTH WEST HERITAGE TRUST
“The South West Heritage Trust is an independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage. As well as the widely-praised MUSEUM OF SOMERSET in Taunton and the current redevelopment of the SOMERSET RURAL LIFE MUSEUM in Glastonbury, the Trust manages state-of-the-art facilities to care for the extraordinary archive collections of the two counties.”
BANWELL SOCIETY OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY
The Banwell Society, which was founded in 1958, studies the history and pre-history of the local area around Weston-super-Mare.