MAHG

Maldon Archaeological and Historical Group

Maldon, Essex, England

 

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GROUP'S NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS mahgdigup@gmail.com

 

 

TOLLESBURY DIG RE-OPENS 31ST MARCH 2012 - SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR FURTHER DETAILS

 

 

CALLING ALL ARCHAEOLOGY GRADUATES..............WANT DIG EXPERIENCE?..............NO DIG CHARGES..............ONLY MAHG MEMBERSHIP FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES..............COME JOIN US, EXERCISE YOUR SKILLS, TRY SOMETHING NEW..............

 

 

 

Maldon Archaeological and Historical Group (MAHG) exists to discover,  explore   and record the history and origins of the Maldon District and to present the findings in an understandable and entertaining way.

The Group is active in many areas, including;

  • Excavation

  • Geophysical surveys

  • Historic research

  • Publishing

  • Exhibitions, and

  • Archaeological talks

New Members are welcomed whatever their level of experience.

Club nights at the MAHG Headquarters take place on Wednesday nights:

  • April to October - 7pm to 9 pm

  • November to March - 7.30 pm to 9 pm

When you'll have the opportunity to; take part in post excavation work; undertake / assist in research; and, of course, meeting with other members and refreshments.

The Headquarters is open to members of the public who wish to access our large collection of local archives and books.

For news on forthcoming events and functions visit the Notice Board page.

This web site contains a number of downloadable reports and other documents that are in 'PDF' format. To open and be able to read these you will need to have 'Adobe Reader' software on your PC / Laptop. If you don't currently have this installed on your machine you can download a free copy from the following website address (just copy and paste it into your web browser, e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc):

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/

 

Ongoing & Current Projects:

 

Important Dates:

See 'Notice Board'.

 

Public Talks:

The Group can offers illustrated talks for which no charge is made, on the following local subjects:

Stephen Nunn has prepared a talk on the subject of 'St. Roger of Beeleigh' and will be pleased to deliver this to other local clubs and societies.

Talks can be tailored to last between 1/2 an hour and 1 1/2 hours.

 

We would like to acknowledge the much appreciated grant of £1,300 received from 'Awards for All' for the purchase of a laptop and laptop projector which will greatly improve the quality and flexibility of our talks.

 

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Publications & Exhibitions:

See Publications & Exhibitions page for further information.

  • History of Beeleigh Mill. An updated version of the original History of Beeleigh Mill book and has been written by Grahame Thorne. It includes more engine details, a history section by Stephen Nunn and additional information, including reports of the fire that ultimately led to the mills destruction and an eight page centre section containing coloured illustrations

  • 'Maldon, Heybridge and the Great War (1914 - 1918)', written by local historian Stephen Nunn and published by MAHG, this exciting new book provides a comprehensive and fascinating account of Maldon during the First World War and of the men of the town who served and, in many cases, sacrificed their lives on behalf of their country. The text is accompanied by many contemporary photographs.

This is a very readable, moving and poignant account of the part that one riverside town community played in the Great War to end all wars. It will be of special interest to local historians, genealogists, students of the First World War and all those curious about the heritage of the Maldon and Heybridge District.

The book is profusely illustrated by sepia photographs throughout (some published for the very first time).

The book was officially launched on Remembrance Sunday (08/11/2009) at the Moot Hall in Maldon’s High Street.

 

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Recent Projects:

  • Bicknacre Priory: The combined results of a series of resistivity surveys carried out in 2007 and 2008 reveal clear outlines of wall foundations. Further geophysical surveys in 2009 (using a Wenner Array) were carried out to locate the East and West ends of the church and investigate linear anomalies to the East of the church.

  • Ulting Church: A geophysical survey was carried out along one side of the church in 2007, to establish the site of a demolished Guild chapel. The results were promising and  MAHG has put forward proposals for excavation at the site, which currently await the granting of a faculty.

  • Beeleigh Abbey, Maldon: The Beeleigh Excavation is finally at an end after nearly 5 years. Many thanks to all those who worked on the site at various times, and to our two expert dig directors, Trevor Ennis of EFAU, and Howard Brooks of CAT.

    Excavation began in the autumn of 2001 with the kind permission of Mr & Mrs Foyle, and with financial support from the Countryside Agency and the Lottery Heritage Fund.

    Follow the link from the heading above to learn more of this fascinating project.

  • Coggeshall Abbey: MAHG were invited to carry out a geophysical survey to locate the Abbey church.

  • Chelmsford Area: A previously unknown Roman villa? A geophysical survey in the Chelmsford area by MAHG members provides some interesting results.

 

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Technical Papers:

  • Dating Clay Pipe Stems: For those of you who find fragments of clay pipes (of the smoking variety) in and around the Maldon District and have wondered how old they are you may be pleased to know that help is at hand through:

    • Technical papers relating to pipe making in the Maldon area available at the MAHG HQ (details will be added to the 'Books & Exhibs' page in the near future).

    • Or simply download the 'calculator tool & record sheet' via the link below - just enter the diameter of the stem hole in the appropriate column & the estimated date of manufacture will magically appear in the final column. The formula this uses was empirically developed by Nobby Clark, a former well respected dig Director with MAHG, over a number of years and is a tried, tested, and trusted piece of work.

 

 

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Who's Who:

A list of elected Officers (including those who failed to duck fast enough at the last AGM!) can be found on the 'How to Find Us' page of this site.

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