The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Sarah Jane Croke, visited the Surrey Heath Archaeological and Heritage Trust (SHAHT) recently to see for herself the archaeological artefacts stored at the Archaeology Centre in Bagshot and to hear first-hand from the volunteers about the work they do.
The Mayor had a tour of the Centre, formerly the Bagshot Police Station on the London Road, where she was able to view the Police Cells: The Gallery, where important exhibits are kept: the Finds boxes, where the archaeology of Surry Heath is stored and the volunteers at work currently photographing samples of Roman Pot from a dig that took place over twenty years ago.
Whilst SHAHT are no longer engaged in any digs, they are the custodians of the archaeology, which is held at the Centre and to this day are still classifying and cataloguing the many finds, digitising the records and photographing the finds which residents of Surrey Heath and beyond are able to access and study.
The local U3A archaeology group and a branch of the Young Archaeology Club also meet at the Centre regularly.
The building is being leased from Surrey County Council; however, the premises is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain and SHAHT are desperately in need of finding something more suitable to their needs and size and to safeguard the archaeology and heritage of Surrey Heath for the future.