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January 2024 Newsletter

    LAHS newsletter January 2024

    Happy New Year to all our LAHS members and friends

    Thank you for all your wonderful support throughout our amazing 60th Anniversary year in 2023. 
    It has been such a joy to see so many new faces at our winter lectures and our summer activities, as well as old friends. 
    Thank you all for joining us, and for encouraging us to continue with LAHS – we DO need more help for future activities : please volunteer. 

    Our next meeting is : – 
    January 13th :  lecture by Professor Tony Pollard 
    Lorn Archaeological and Historical Society event at 2.30 pm, Rockfield Centre, Oban

    Our Patron Professor Tony Pollard (Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow and archaeological co-director of the charity Waterloo Uncovered, past presenter of Two Men in a Trench) joined us as Patron last year, celebrating his archaeological roots with LAHS, having been introduced to his lifelong passion by the late Charles Hunter.

    Tony’s work on Conflict Archaeology has taken him around the world, particularly working with veterans on the archaeology of battlefields. The site of the Battle of Waterloo has been drawing him back for nearly a decade. Last Summer there was another major visit, and Tony will be updating us on the finds and discoveries over the last years.

    Waterloo Uncovered is a remarkable project – you can learn more before the lecture here

    PLEASE share this fabulous lecture to your friends and family – both the topic and speaker are very special. 

    All memberships are now due for 2023 – 2024, thank you to all who have already paid, your support is much appreciated. We have kept the costs the same as previous years.
    However our costs have recently increased significantly due to a very unexpected doubling of hall rent by Rockfield centre imposed without warning, on bookings already in place. . 
    We would ask everyone who can, to please rejoin, pay your subscription, or just give us a donation, even if you cannot attend many events, to support our ongoing activities. For those who cannot attend in person we are adding most of our winter lectures on to our youtube channel
    You can enjoy all the past journals on our website as they have all been digitized and we are looking at new summer activities. 
    Subscriptions can be paid for online by card or BACS to make it simpler for you, or paid at the upcoming lectures. Online payments –  You are welcome to send us a cheque if you are more comfortable this way. 

    Your volunteer committee are all working full time and then some. We need more help to do more. 
    WE WOULD WELCOME MORE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP US to do what we are doing better, and to do more, you do not need to be committee.. we need secretarial and organising skills, local history buffs to create a LORN area website heritage resource, visit arrangers, talk suggestions ..
    you name it we welcome your help so we can build on the last 60 years of Lorn Archaeological and Historical Society.

    thank you for all your support and encouragement, we really do appreciate it. 

    Jill Bowis, Chair – Lorn Archaeological and Historical Society