South Trafford Archaeological Group

Reg charity No. 513977

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Timperley Old Hall moat, the headquarters of the South Trafford Archaeological Group

Welcome to the web pages of the South Trafford Archaeological Group. We are a voluntary group established in 1979 to explore the archaeology, history and landscape of the Trafford, South Manchester, and surrounding areas.

The aims of the Group are:

  • To promote the study of archaeology and history within the area of Trafford Borough and its immediate environs
  • Provide a base and resource for research and a resource for field projects
  • To aid and assist groups with similar interests

Our resources include archives of archaeological finds from a variety of excavation and recording projects, an extensive library, and our own newsletter (Browsings). Much of this material is housed in our Archaeology Centre behind the Old Hall pub at Altrincham golf club on Altrincham Road.

In normal circumstances we have regular evening meetings, field trips, excavations, day schools, courses, and other events. These are not normal times and the group has not be able to undertake any face-to-face meetings since March 2020. However, we hope to be able to open our Archaeology Centre soon. In the meantime, we are asking STAG members and anyone interested in the archaeology of the south Trafford area and its environs to follow us online. We continue to expand our website resources so please click back regularly.

The continuing COVID-19 health crisis is hitting archaeology groups such as ours very hard. We hope to be able to undertake, once more, fieldwork, hold meetings, conferences, courses, walks, and do post-excavation research later in the year as restrictions allow. Like many voluntary heritage groups we still have a building to run (our display centre and headquarters), with bills to pay and maintenance to carry out. We need your help to make sure that STAG will still be here once the present difficulties are passed. If you are not already a member please consider joining. You membership will help us to continue to explore Trafford’s rich past. A 2021 membership form can be downloaded from here:

You can find us on twitter here: @StagArchaeology and we are planning to expand our website and also to develop other forms of social media interaction. Stay tuned.

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