Monthly Archives: July 2014

Exhibition: Banners of the North, Bedes World

Bede’s World, Jarrow

Bede’s World is hosting Banners of the North – an array of medieval treasures, on loan from the British Museum – which highlight how the area changed following the invasion of William the Conqueror.

Among them are a 15th century gold signet ring, believed to have belonged to the Percy family during the Wars of the Roses, a gold pendant depicting St George slaying the dragon and the magical St George Amulet ring.

Talks: The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire

The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire

A series of talks will commence in September on The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire. This programme is designed to both report on recent activity in the field and to encourage future research within a professional framework.

 * Saturday, 13th September, Mike Haken, Committee Member of the Roman Antiquities Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society and Editor of their Newsletter Roman Yorkshire, will introduce the subject and review the current state of knowledge.

 * Saturday, 11th October, Hugh Toller, an Independent Researcher and Field Archaeologist, will describe his recent work using LIDAR imagery to identify Roman  roads in the county. He will draw on the maps of John Warburton who traced many such routes in the first half of the 18C.

 * Saturday, 8th November, Dr David Mason, Principal Archaeologist of Durham County Council, and Editor of the journal of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, will describe recent work at Greta Bridge (Margary 82), and the associated Fort and Vicus.

 * Saturday, 13th December, John Brown, Independent Researcher, Field Archaeologist, and member of the Mid-Tees Research Project, will illustrate his investigations into the enigmatic Tees Crossing of Cades Road (Margary 80a).

 If successful, the programme will be extended by other contributions in the New Year. If you would like to take part in the proceedings, please contact John Sheehan on 01609 771878, or email

 The talks will be held at Thornton le Street Village Hall near Thirsk at 2.00 pm. Talks will last approximately one hour, after which there will be time for discussion and refreshment.  Admission will be £2 at the door.

Traditional Farm Building Surveying Training

Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership


With the help of Jen Deadman, a Historic Buildings Consultant, we are organising further training in how to survey traditional farm buildings. This forms part of our Field Barns project, which aims to survey as many traditional farm buildings as possible in the HoT area.

Tuesday 7th October and Saturday 10th October 10 – 12am
Barnard Castle, Venue TBC
Introductory meetings to find out about the project.

Saturday 25th October and Sunday 26th October, 10am – 4pm
Romaldkirk Reading Rooms
Hands-on training sessions in how to survey traditional farm buildings and contribute to this important project.



Exhibition: Street House Before the Saxons

Street House Before The Saxons
New Exhibition opens Sun 20 July at Kirkleatham Museum

This exhibition chronicles the archaeology of Redcar & Cleveland  through the excavations at Street House near Loftus between 1979 and  2013.

Whilst many people will have heard about the Royal Anglo-Saxon cemetery, excavated  between 2005 and 2007, there is much more to this area than the Saxon treasure. The exhibition is the prelude to the  award-winning Saxon Princess gallery and sets the scene for much of the
archaeology of East Cleveland. It will run for one year.

incredible 5000 year journey:
Neolithic rock art, pottery, flint tools, axe and macehead
Bronze Age burial urn and Iron Age spear
Roman jet, beads, coin, pottery and carved phallic stone
Plus loaned objects from English Heritage and regional museums

EXCLUSIVE  RECEPTION & PREVIEW for TAS Members and Street House Project Volunteers
For  TeesArchSoc Members* and Street House Project Volunteers Sunday 20 July
at 2pm Kirkleatham Museum, TS10 5NW

Project director Dr Stephen Sherlock and Museum staff for a reception
with refreshments and nibbles in the Mayor’s Parlour before visiting
the exhibition.
* Download the flyer (

Please  bring your TAS membership card.

Talk: Crans, Creels and Tunes- Crookham – 21st August 2014

A Crookham village evening in August

Iris McMillan will give a talk in Crookham Village Hall on Thursday August 21st 2014 at 19:30

‘Crans, Creels and Tunes’

An illustrated talk about the fishing past of the East coast:

– the herring fishing industry

– the industry, communities and activities

– and about those essential women who were the essence of the community


OASIS Survey

The Archaeology Data Service, as part of the HERALD project, has been
commissioned by English Heritage to undertake a user needs survey to help
define and shape the future of the OASIS system  –

Whether a current OASIS user, or not, we would appreciate your feedback
and thoughts to help us redesign the OASIS system to best suit your
various needs, while continuing to play a role in the recording of the
historic environment.

Please complete the survey available at:
The survey is available until Sunday 20 July, should take approximately 15
minutes and your response will be confidential.

Completing the survey will give you a real opportunity to influence the
redevelopment of OASIS as well as the chance to win either a Google Nexus 7
tablet or £160 of Pizza Express Vouchers.

If you have any questions about this, or the questionnaire
in general,please contact the ADS via Jo Gilham on or 01904 323937.

The Story Behind the Corbridge Hoard- English Heritage- 16-17/7/14

July 16th and July 17th 2014

50 years on from one of the most significant Roman finds, English Heritage is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Corbridge Hoard. This unique collection of artefacts is widely considered to be, one of the most influential Roman ‘Time Capsules’ ever discovered in Hadrian’s Wall Country.

Join our Curator, Frances McIntosh, as she brings to life the fascinating display at Corbridge Roman Town, and reveals the story behind the discovery and what we can understand from the Roman soldier’s worldly goods. These exclusive 15 minute talks will leave you hungry for more Roman history. Plan your day and visit our other Roman attractions along Hadrian’s Wall:

Talk times: 11am – 11.15am, 12 noon – 12.15pm, 2pm – 2.15pm, 3pm – 3.15pm and 4pm – 4.15pm

Booking in advance. Please call the site team on 01434 632349

For more information:

TAS Volunteer Request: Tees Heritage at Risk

Volunteer Request : Tees Heritage at Risk

TAS seeks volunteer on Middlesbrough electoral register to contact Council’s Planning Department for fact-finding

We are seeking a volunteer, preferably a TAS member, who is on the electoral register in the Borough of Middlesbrough and who would be willing to write/email to the Planning Department, under guidance from TAS and the Council for British Archaeology. A request can be made directly (a Council response is usually required within a stated timeline) or under the Freedom Of Information Act (requiring a 20-day response).

The purpose is to request purely factual information about the nature of archaeological
evaluations (and their results) that have taken place, or which are planned, in relation to development activities that are either approved/underway or in the application/appeals process. The four focus areas are:
* St Hildas Middlesbrough
The original location ‘over the border’ for Middlesbrough’s 19th century origins but with Early
Medieval monastic forebears and evidence for prehistoric activity – noting the church was demolished and the whole area subject to development and social failure for many 20th-century generations (TAS Bulletin 11, 2006). A linear park development proposal along Vulcan Street is in an area where previous assessments have indicated that important archaeological assets remain (pers comm); Development plans include at least 8.1 hectares.

* Acklam Hall
Grade 1 Listed, Medieval landscape and natural environment assets all with a troubled recent
Executive homes and health hub, planning permissions granted early in 2013;
See April 2013 BBC website:

* Coulby Newham
Housing development almost complete to the west of Dixon’s Bank and Nunthorpe;
There is (or was) an Iron Age-Romano British settlement on Dixon’s Bank very close to this development (Durham Archaeological Journal 12, 1996) and recent investigations at
Fairy Dell (this year) have proven Medieval activity on ancient trods (tracks) through this landscape.

* Grey Towers Nunthorpe
“New village” (>300 executive homes) at Nunthorpe near Poole Hospital site;
There is an Iron Age-Romano British site under and around St Mary’s Church,
literally across the Stokesley Road, and a Medieval landscape (monastic, perhaps a deserted medieval village) at Nunthorpe Village to the south, plus earlier prehistoric flint finds in the vicinity (NE Yorks Mesolithic Project & pers comms).

* Are there more developments that you would include?

Since the Council’s withdrawal of funding from Tees Archaeology (the regional professional archaeology advisory and HER service), Middlesbrough Council’s planning process (in
relation to the National Planning & Policy Framework – NPPF, and Historic Environment Record – HER maintenance) has not been publicly visible. By writing to the Council we aim to learn what archaeological and heritage-related activities they have been undertaking in areas of
commercial and residential development. This is not about positioning, only about fact-gathering.

“In these very challenging times of austerity I think we all empathise with the many organisations – governmental or otherwise – who must make extremely difficult choices
in the face of present and future constraints on their funding. However, heritage is a fragile and irreplaceable component of our shared environment, our sense of place, social well-being and economic success. It’s the role of organisations, such as TAS, regional and national, to persuade the decision-makers that Heritage and Archaeology can contribute real, tangible value across communities through footfall, tourism, inclusive participation and education.
Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.”
– TAS Chair

If interested contact through: