Welcome to MAS

Hello, and welcome to Middleton Archaeological Society or MAS.

MAS was formed in 2011 following an archaeological investigation of Middleton’s historic parish church – St. Leonards.

Our society is dedicated to researching the archaeological and historical fabric of the town of Middleton.

We have a full and varied events programme which is open to members and non-members alike.  We host monthly talks at our adopted HQ – The Olde Boar’s Head.  These talks cover a multitude of topics and are presented by locally, nationally or even an internationally renowned figures.  We have an active programme of archaeological investigations and in 2019 plan events associated with Hopwood Mill Cottage.


If you are interested in coming along to our archaeological investigation of Hopwood Millers Cottage  please contact Robert Huddart at robert.huddart@ntlworld.com


Next Talk

Please note it is being held at the Long Street School (Next to the Old Boar’s)

Middleton Civic Association Future Events

  • 11th March Buffet lunch and talk 12:15PM at Edgar Wood Rooms
  • 9th May Party in Jubilee Park and band concert
  • 9th May Organ recital 2:00PM at St Leonard’s Church
  • 10th May Civic Service 3:00PM at St Leonard’s Church
  • 10th June Visit Dippy at 2:00PM Riverside Rochdale also Touchstones
  • August A Saturday or Sunday (date to be announced) walking tour Victoria Park, Whitworth Art Gallery, First Church of Christ via Victoria Baths

One Thought on “Welcome to MAS

  1. kelvin walmsley on 13/02/2020 at 23:56 said:

    Dear all . after January’s talk by Geoff I mentioned possible WW1 practice trenches near Hopwood , and an old chap talked to Chris (from our Beavers) about them years ago .
    If you look on Google Maps , switched to satellite , North east of Hopwood Hall , close west to Lords Woods benches , up to the golf course boundary , there are marks in the ground which could be these . Naturally if they are , the golf course may have obliterated some , and as they may have practiced with live munitions a dig could be lively !

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