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 Welcome to the Wigan Archaeological Society

Our small but well-established group was formed in 1982.

We meet once a month in Wigan for lectures and discussions on topics of historical or archaeological interest. We have trips in the summer and carry out fieldwork during the year (including excavations).

The aims of the society are:

  1. To expand the knowledge and awareness of our local, national and international heritage.
  2. Increase our understanding of the historical significance of the area.
  3. Provide a base for research and a resource for field projects within the area.

Our constitution can be found here.

Over the years our society has carried out a number of field projects within the Wigan district. Reports of these projects are available on-line through the projects area of our web site, and our current activities are recorded in our Project Blog.
To become a member, please fill in this application form.

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Recent Additions

January - Wigan Parish Church
Some Notes on the Historical Development of Wigan Parish Church

July - Lost Parts of Standish Hall
An investigation into the history and current location of parts of Standish Hall.

July - Wigan Pier
The Origin and History of WIgan Pier.

May - Historic Graffiti Survey
Rapid photographic survey of deliberately made marks in the Parish Church of St Wilfrid's, Standish, Greater Manchester

Monthly Meetings

The society meets in the Real Crafty on Upper Dicconson Street - on the first Wednesday of the month (except January and August) at 7:30pm. Admission is £3.00.