About Us

We're a keen group of amateur archaeologists based in the Wyre & Fylde area of Lancashire. Unlike most amateur groups we focus on fieldwork. Over the last 11 years we've excavated Roman sites, a possible Iron Age settlement, the driveway of a 17th century cottage and a possible mediaeval water mill.

Our digs take place usually at weekends although we do occasionally have additional weekday digs and we organise a Big Dig each year that takes place over a few days. You don't need any prior experience - and if you're a student considering a Degree in Archaeology, you'll find working with us can be a great addition to your Personal Statement. Cambridge and Durham Universities have accepted some of our former diggers for undergraduate courses.

We take Site Health & Safety very seriously and all members are covered by our insurance on all our digs. We liaise closely with professionals in archaeology, the Portable Antiquities Scheme's Finds Liaison Officer, other knowledgeable amateurs and we're Affiliate Members of the Council for British Archaeology.


We welcome anyone with an interest in Archaeology whatever level of knowledge or skill. Our membership year runs from April to March and costs £12 or £18 for couples. Student Membership is free. Potential members may attend 2 meetings without charge. We also have Associate Membership costing £5 for which you may join in digs and keep in touch via our bi-monthly newsletter.

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. You'll always find a warm welcome.

Some of our finds are exhibited in the museum at Farmers Parr's.

Excavation at Hollowforth Mill,  2015

Membership 2019

Britain's Ancient Capital,  Dig for Britain and Time Team are TV programmes that have inspired many people to get involved in archaeology.

If you're one of those who have been inspired but don't know what to do about it and you're interested in the Archaeology, History and Pre-history of North West Lancashire why not join one of the very few practical field archaeology groups in the county?

Wyre Archaeology is keen to meet people who'd like to get involved in a practical way. Whatever your age, level of knowledge or skill, we can find a role for you.

Just get in touch!   

You can join as a Full Member and have all the benefits of regular meetings, voting rights, participation in digs,free training, loan of kit and dig insurance, group membership of the Council for British Archaeology and CBA North West and links with other local groups, plus a regular dedicated newsletter.

If evening meetings or distance are problems, Associate Members can stay in touch via our newsletter* and other links and may also participate in digs as described above.

If you're not sure, Non-members may attend 2 meetings free of charge.

For details just e-mail the secretary at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Member Information

Data Protection: With effect from 25 May 2018 the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect and applies to all organisations that hold data about individuals. Wyre Archaeology asks for members’ contact details and holds them on a database for the purposes of communication.

 In order to comply with the Directive, Wyre Archaeology is formalising its policy on Data Protection (attached). This was discussed and passed at the Annual General Meeting on 18 April. 

The key issue for members is that YOU need to give US permission to hold and use YOUR data i.e. your name and in particular your email address.

It is essential that you return the Membership Registration form recently emailed to you.  You can do this by post or by completing it, saving as a doc then emailing back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wyre Archaeology Constitution: Although WA is an amateur and voluntary society, we do have a written constitution that governs how we operate and includes various policies. It’s been some years since the constitution was framed and a number of changes have come about through decisions in meetings or from the Executive Committee.

The  updated constitution was accepted in principle by the AGM on 18 April but you may still let us have comments by email

Subscriptions: WA subscriptions are due at the current rate. We have no external sources of funding and rely on your subs for purchase or hire of essential equipment that is used on digs, to pay our insurance policy, website fees, room hire etc. Members and the Executive Committee take no remuneration. We depend on you to keep us going so please renew your membership no.

We need you: We need the continued support of all our members, whether or not you can get to meetings. If there’s any idea you’d like us to take on board to improve the Society just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..






Events in the North West or relevant to the area will be posted here. Areas of interest include archaeology, local history and genealogy. If you know of an event not mentioned could you please email the webmaster with details.  The cost to visitors, where known, will be shown.


Topic Speaker(s) Organization Date

Archive Open Day


Lancashire Archives

Sunday, 1st March, 2020
The notebook of Thomas Noblet - a joiner from the Fylde 1725 - 1746 Bill McCartney Poulton Historical Society Friday, 13th March, 2020

From Stone Age to Iron: Medieval Monastic Magic and the Holcombe Valley

Neil Coldrick

Lancashire Archaeological Society

Friday, 20th March, 2020
Galgate Silk Mill Shaun Corkerry Poulton Historical Society Friday, 3rd April, 2020
The Roman Road at Cuerden and other findings University of Salford Leyland Historical Society Monday, 6th April, 2020