Monthly Archives: February 2014

An introduction to Durham in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

New community course in Durham:

‘An introduction to Durham in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’

Thursday evenings, 6–8 pm, Durham World Heritage Visitor Centre.

Please see the poster for dates, costs etc.


Flodden Geophysical Training March 3-6th

Flodden Geophysical Training March 3-6th

Monday 3rd March – Wednesday 6th March 2013

Geophysical survey will start at WARK CASTLE on 3rd March 2014 and continue for 3 days. Volunteers are welcome between 10am and 4pm daily and will have an opportunity to use geophysical equipment and work with professional geophysicists from Glasgow University.

No previous experience is necessary just a willingness to join in and try it out. Volunteers wishing to sign up can join in for 1/2 or whole days and for individual periods or the whole 3 days.

Those taking part will need to wear none magnetic clothing (i.e. no metal) so wellies or walking boots with plastic eyes, trousers where possible without metal studs or zips and similarly coats with plastic zips would be preferable

Please contact Chris Burgess ( to book a place on a first come first served basis.

Secrets of the Sand at Hauxley – tune in!

Tune in and discover the Secrets of the Sand

Time Team, Channel 4, 8.00pm, Sunday 2 March 2014

Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s ‘Rescued from the Sea‘ archaeology project, which took place at Druridge Bay throughout summer 2013, will feature in the Time Team programme on Channel 4, Sunday 2 March at 8.00pm.

The project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, unearthed, amongst other things, an 8,000 year old Bronze Age burial mound and a Mesolithic settlement dating back to 6,100BC.

For more information about this exciting project, visit our website, and also read more about the Time Team episode here.

Teesside in the First World War

Teesside in the First World War | Recording the Legacy

A joint project between TAS and Tees Archaeology

I see this as a great opportunity to record and research the area of Teesside during this conflict, which was well known to a remarkable generation of people. Many survived into old age but so rarely talked about the difficulties they must have experienced.

– Chris McLoughlin, TAS Member

  • Partners: TAS and Tees Archaeology*
  • Project Managers: Ed Higgins (TAS), Robin Daniels (Tees Archaeology)
  • Stage: planning and volunteer recruitment, pre-grant application
  • Contact: please contact TAS or Tees Archaeology to express an interest
  • More Info: read more on our website projects pages »

This joint project between TAS and Tees Archaeology* will record the archaeological evidence of the buildings, camps and other structures used during the First World War. Documents from the War provide a good starting point, and old maps and aerial photographs can give us a better idea of where sites were. By visiting the sites we can understand more about their history and physical character. Site visits also help to determine what condition the site is in and what needs to be done to preserve it.

Many of the sites still exist. For example, the Army used various houses and hotels in the area as sleeping quarters for troops. Other sites were never much more than a field which, in the case of Kirkleatham, the Royal Navy used as a mooring post for airships.

There is a great deal more that we would like to know—and record—about Teesside during the First World War. If you have any information to share, please get in touch using the contact details below. If you would like to be kept informed about the project and discover opportunities for involvement, please email and keep returning to TAS’s website for updates.

Cross Borders Archaeological Project

Information about the Cross Borders Archaeological Project which was initiated by members of BAS (Borders Arch Soc).  For more information: Newsletter

If you are interested in the project you can email Jean Hirst or the Secretary of BAS Deborah Campbell for more information.


Draft Tynemouth Village Conservation Area Management Strategy Supplementary Planning Document will be available for you to view and comment between the following dates:

Start date: 07/02/14 15:40

End date: 07/03/14 17:10

Please select the following link to view this event:

Please find below a notification letter regarding a consultation into the Schedule of Main Modifications proposed to the Allerdale Local Plan (Part 1) following the hearings which were held in the last week of January and first week of February 2014.

The consultation commences on Friday 14th February 2014 for a six week period, expiring on Friday 28 March 2014.

Croft Airfield in World War II

Northallerton and District Local History Society

Croft Airfield in World War II | Alan Todd
Northallerton: Tue 11 Feb 2014

Northallerton & District Local History Society will give the floor to local researcher Alan Todd of East Cowton. At the outset of the Second World War, appraisals were made of all the feasible areas of land which might be developed as airfields.  One of these earmarked for implementation was on land spread across the parish boundary between Croft and Dalton on Tees, formally called RAF Croft.

Initially forming a satellite of another local bomber aerodrome constructed at the same time at Middleton St. George, as time went on throughout the war, Croft developed into a separate base with two heavy four-engined bomber squadrons.  Like all the other such aerodromes, Croft experienced the frenetic activity, noise and tragedy associated with that desperate period – and younger relatives of personnel who served there still make pilgrimages to the site.

At the end of the war, Croft’s major contribution to the defence of Britain was no longer required to the same degree, but that was not the end of its involvement.  Various aeronautical activities continued before the defunct airfield eventually reverted largely to its original agricultural state. However, sections of the runways and perimeter tracks were retained and redeveloped to create the present motor racing circuit, which attracts enthusiasts from far and wide.

Venue |  Sacred Heart Church Hall on Thirsk Road, Northallerton, where limited parking is available, at 7.00pm on Tuesday 11 February. Non-members are welcome to attend at a nominal admission charge of £2.50, while students under 18 will be admitted free.