Enfield Archaeological Society

Founded in 1955, the Enfield Archaeological Society is active in carrying out research and fieldwork in and around the London Borough of Enfield, in order to understand and preserve its history.

Our main aims are: to promote the practice and study of archaeology in the district; to record and preserve all finds in the borough and encourage others to allow their finds to be recorded by the Society; and to co-operate with neighbouring societies with similar aims.

Membership is open to anybody with an interest in the past.

The Enfield Archaeological Society is affiliated to the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society; the President for the society is Harvey Sheldon BSc, FSA, FRSA

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Dig With Us

All members of the society over the age of 16 are welcome to dig with us – no experience is necessary. We typically run at least one dig a year in the summer, on the site of Henry VIII's Elsyng Palace with other work often cropping up through the rest of the year.

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Latest News:

30 May 2023

2023 Dig Signup Deadline - 25th June

Please note that if you would like to dig with us in Forty Hall this year and are not already a member of the Society, you have until June 25th to sign up. Demand is already high this year, and positions may be limited before then so be sure and sign up soon!

palace reconstruction
Continuing the search for the inner gatehouse

Some frequently asked questions about digging with us are available here.


12 Feb 2023

2023 Dig Dates

We will be returning to Forty Hall this summer, from the 9th to 23rd of July, continuing our hunt for the inner gatehouse of Henry VIII's Elsyng Palace. Sunday 16th July will be a public open day.

palace reconstruction
Continuing the search for the inner gatehouse

If you'd like to dig with us you'll need to join the society.

Some frequently asked questions about digging with us are available here.


21 Nov 2022

Stories of Enfield Conclusion

We have finally reached the end of our Tudor Palace contribution to the Stories of Enfield project and I am pleased to say that it has been a great success with both publications now available and selling quite well while all the other aims of the project were fully accomplished.

When this all began over 18 months ago, we did wonder if we had bitten off more than we could chew with a mixture of public and educational events, oral history and film making plus the publication of both an academic and a popular work all built around our annual Elsyng Palace excavation.

We would not have been able to succeed in all this without the extraordinarily hard work running the overall project carried out by Jan Metcalf and Judith Stones. Their experience of such events plus their local knowledge and contacts brought everything together and steered the whole project to its successful conclusion.

On behalf of the Society and also of the many local citizens touched by different aspects of the project, I offer my sincere thanks and appreciation for everything they did.

Thanks also to Martin Dearne for the academic report and for running the dig under somewhat different circumstances than usual. Particular thanks also to Neil and John Pinchbeck for creating the wonderful popular account of the history, archaeology and excavation of the site from its origins to the summer of this year (out now! - Ed.).

Ian K. Jones, Chairman.
18th November 2022


11 Nov 2022

Elsyng Dig Video

A short film about our 2022 annual excavation on the site of Elsyng, Enfield's lost Tudor Palace in the grounds of Forty Hall, made by Footpath Films and funded by The National Lottery Heritage fund as part of the Stories of Enfield project is now available to watch online: see below and enfarchsoc.org/elsyng


24 Aug 2022

Stories of Enfield Touring Exhibition


Come and learn about 14 incredible stories exploring elements of Enfield's heritage, history, and identity - from river communities, stained glass windows in Southgate and Bangladeshi migration through to London's only vinyard and Edmonton's boxing bishop, and of course the Tudor royal palace of Elsyng, which we excavated this summer.

Locations and dates (free entry):

  • August 29 - September 13 - Edmonton Angel Sterling Way
  • September 27 - October 11 - Forty Hall Courtyard
  • October 11 - October 25 - Palmers Green Broomfield Park
  • October 25 - November 15 - Edmonton Green Shopping Centre