Wells Natural History & Archaeological Society (WNHAS) was founded in 1888 to encourage the practical study of natural history, archaeology and related subjects in Wells and the surrounding countryside. The society is still active, with a busy programme of lectures and summer excursions.


Wells Natural History & Archaeological Society


The history of Wells & Mendip Museum is intertwined with that of the Wells Natural History & Archaeological Society. The society was formed in 1888, and Herbert Balch, the founder of the museum, was one of its original members. 


The society has a programme of winter lectures and a series of summer walks and excursions to places of interest in the region. The current programme is posted below. 


As well as free access to the society's talks, members may use the museum and its facilities without charge. To join WNHAS, please download and complete the application form, and return it to the secretary at a meeting, drop it off at the front desk, or post as indicated on the form.

President: The Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells

Chair: David Cottle
Treasurer: Terry Pearce
Secretary: Sue Marley



Meetings are held in The Lecture Hall at Wells & Mendip Museum on Friday evenings at 7.30pm or Saturday afternoons at 2.30pm.


Admission FREE for members. Visitors £2.00

Sep 05, 2019


"The history of clay pipe making in Somerset, 1600-1900"

by Marek Lewcun

Please note - this is the cancelled talk that was originally scheduled for 05 April 2019

Oct 03, 2019


"The Winscombe Project: Investigating a landscape of dispersed settlement"

by Teresa Hall

Nov 02, 2019


"Wells - its geological history"

by Doug Robinson

Dec 06, 2019


"'Noble instrument' or 'cuckoo pipes'? The church organ and church music in early modern Somerset, 1500-1800"

by Dominic Gwynn

Please join us at the meeting for a glass of mulled wine and mince pies.

Feb 01, 2020


"Why birdwatching in Somerset?"

by Brian Roberts-Wray


Please note - this is the cancelled talk that was originally scheduled for 02 February 2019

Mar 06, 2020


AGM and Talk: "The mills of Wells"

by Sarah Villiers

Our AGM will be followed by Sarah Villiers' talk on the mills of Wells.

Apr 02, 2020


"Alfred the Great and the Somerset connection"

by Chris Eldridge


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