Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hexham Abbey and its Secrets

Hexham Abbey and its Secrets

Local people have been cataloguing and recording the Abbey’s enormous number of treasures. Some surprising items have emerged.

For an hour between 4 and 5 p.m. on Saturdays in February and early March, three different speakers will give ten-minute talks about their discoveries and you will be able to examine the objects at close hand. The talks will be in the north transept of the Abbey
The first is on Feb 8th, with our own Richard Bailey commencing with  ‘A Present for St. Wilfrid: New Sculptural Evidence’
Hugh Dixon  ‘Treasure on Earth – things bright and beautiful’
Chris Britton    ‘Look up and Marvel – the Abbey Roof Bosses’

Understanding Older Houses

Bedale Archaeology and History Society

 On Tuesday 28 January Dr Emma Wells is running a one-day course on Understanding Older Houses, the aim of which is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to discover the history of their home.
10.30am – 4.30pm, Tuesday 28 January, Bedale Hall

To book your place telephone the Heritage Craft Alliance on 01677 422289 or email

World of the Vikings conference

World of the Vikings conference 21-23 March, Department of Archaeology, University of York and York Archaeological Trust

Celebrating 40 years of Viking Archaeology in York, in memory of Dr Richard Hall.

Dagfinn Skre has agreed to give the keynote lecture, several of Richard’s colleagues from York Archaeological Trust will present papers, and other contributors will include Gareth Williams, Neil Price, David Griffiths, John Sheehan, Hannah Cobb, Nela Schola-Mason, James Barrett, Soren Sindbaek and Steve Ashby.

The conference will be based at The King’s Manor, University of York, in the centre of the historic city and YAT will host a reception at JORVIK.

Full details of how to book can be found online:



 FEB 11       ‘Croft Airfield in World War II’, Alan Todd

MAR 11     ‘The Viking Age in North Yorkshire’, Dr Martin Arnold, Hull Univ.     

APR 8        ‘The Iron Ore Industry of Rosedale’, Graham Lee, NYMNPA

MAY 13     President’s Evening: ‘Dad’s Army, Napoleonic-style’, Dr Winifred Stokes

JUNE 10    ‘The Backhouse Bankers of Darlington’, Dr John Banham

JULY          Members-only private guided tour of a stately house

AUG 12      Members-only private visit to Nutwith Cote

SEPT 9      ‘Duty Calls: The Yorkshire Country House in Time of War ‘, Dawn Webster, curator of Kiplin Hall

OCT 14      ‘Northallerton in the Civil War’, presented by George Sutton, followed by the Annual General Meeting for members

NOV 11      ‘Scruton ~ the Changing Fortunes of a North Yorkshire Village’, Susan Latter, NDLHS member

DEC 9       ‘The Green Howards in World War I’, Virginia Arrowsmith from the Green Howards Museum

 The presentations start at 7.00 pm in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall, Thirsk Road, Northallerton. Members booking for the July and August visits will receive further details nearer the time.

 For more information: Mike Sanders, NDLHS Programme Secretary, (01609-774662),

Bede’s World

Lecture at Bede’s World, Jarrow

Max Adams

Saturday lecture

25th January 12noon

Our 2014 lecture series begins with Max Adams, critically acclaimed biographer, archaeologist, traveller and writing coach. Max will be talking about his latest book The King in the North which is a thrilling account of the life of Oswald Whiteblade, King of Northumbria (634-42) and one of the most influential and colourful characters in early English history.

Usual admission prices apply. (The museum is opening especially for this event.)

For detail:

The English Civil War in the North East


The English Civil War in the North East in association with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

A series of three talks on the English Civil War and the involvement of the north east in the struggle between King and Parliament. The talks will take place at South Shields Museum from 14:00 to 15:30. To book please call 0191 4568740 or email

Talk One – A New Dynasty — Thursday 6th March 2014

In this talk we will look at the coming of the Stuarts in 1603 and consider the origins of the struggle between the monarchy and parliament. We will conclude with a detailed look at the Battle of Newburn Ford (1640) on the western fringes of Newcastle. It was this battle that forced Charles I to abandon his long period of direct rule without Parliament.

Talk Two – A Nation At War With Itself — Thursday 13th March 2014

This talk will cover the descent into civil war. The north east was peripheral to the early phase of the Civil War. We will look at this period in summary and consider the events leading to the invasion of the Scots on the side of Parliament in 1644 and the fighting that began in Northumberland.

Talk Three – Newcastle At Bay — Thursday 20th March 2014

This talk will move into the second half of 1644 culminating in the Siege of Newcastle. This will include a look at the lesser known Siege of South Shields and the fighting between Newcastle and Sunderland. We will conclude with details of the aftermath of these actions and briefly summarise the events leading to the execution of Charles I and the abolition of the monarchy.

Field Trip — Thursday 27th March 2014

We will conclude the series with a visit to the battlefield of Newburn Ford to the west of Newcastle. Standing on the ground is the best way to understand how battles were fought.

For more information : BT_Leaflet_CivilWar_NE


Find below, the spring programme for Explore (the old Centre for Lifelong Learning in independent form), and a membership application form to join now (£220 for the remaining two terms of 2013-14) if you are not already a member. Their website is The programme starts on 20th Jan.

Explore spring 2014 programme 3rd January 2014

Membership Application

Arbeia Excavation Opportunity

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help unearth hidden historical treasures at a South Tyneside landmark.

Bosses at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields are appealing for people to join a community archaeology project exploring the eastern sector of Hadrian’s Wall.

If you are interested in taking part, wish to know more about the project, or have any suggestions, visit the project website,

You can also contact Mr Hodgson, Archaeological Project Manager, Arbeia Roman Fort, Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB.

Alternatively, call 454 4093 or e-mail

For more information:

TWAM January 2014

21st Jan, 2.00, War Memorials of South Shields, Janet Brown, Chair of North East War Memorials Project. South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.

Part of Tyne Wear Archives and Museums adult education programme, which includes open sessions in the archives, ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the GNM’s stores at Discovery Museum, and a course on the history of Newcastle in the 20th century, starting on Jan 24th. See their website on