Monthly Archives: October 2014

Off the Edge of the Map: Traveling Beyond the Limits of the Human in the Old Norse Sagas – Palace Green Library, Durham , 4/11/14

 Off the Edge of the Map: Traveling Beyond the Limits of the Human in the Old Norse Sagas

Tuesday 4 November at 5.30-7pm at the Learning Centre, Palace Green Library

IMEMS Limits of the Human seminar series 2014/15
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough asks how do the Old Norse-Icelandic sagas depict the outermost fringes of the world. More importantly, who—or what—is said to live there? From the magical Sámi of the far north to the outlandish natives of North America, from nymphomaniac giant queens in the Arctic to dragons and beak-faced men on the Russian waterways, the sagas populate the geographical margins with marvelous races and monstrous creatures.

For more information or to book a place, contact  (prior booking essential)

Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series – 27/10/14

Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series

Monday 27th October, 5.30 p.m.
VENUE: Room PG20, Pemberton Bulding, Palace Green, Durham.


Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust

 This talk will focus on the Jesmond Dene Banqueting Hall in Newcastle upon Tyne, built by Lord Armstrong and gifted to the people of Newcastle in 1893. As a result of years of neglect, the building has lost its roof and is now classed as a controlled ruin. However, the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust is working together with Newcastle City Council and a range of different funders to create a new future for the building. 

Martin is the Trust Manager of the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust. He defines himself as project manager, fundraiser, administrator and bottle washer. Over the past 30 years this small local charity has rescued two of the most important houses in the region, Alderman Fenwick’s house and 28/30 The Close. Current main projects of the Trust include the restoration of Blackfell Hauler House, part of Bowes Railway, and a section of Dunston Staiths in the River Tyne. 

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the World Heritage Site Centre

Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at

Would you also let her know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes. 

Anglo Saxon Tools Talk- Bedes World- 25/10/14

Bede’s World Museum, Church Bank, Jarrow

12noon, 25 October

A talk by Dennis Riley about Anglo-Saxon Tools.  Dennis Riley is a well-respected author and has published a book on Anglo-Saxon Tools. He tells us ‘the tools used in Anglo-Saxon England were much like those found elsewhere in Europe at that time. They have been found in graves and buried tool-hoards. Others seem to be accidental losses or to have been discarded due to wear or damage. Most are surprisingly like those in use today.’ 

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum, Sat. 22 Nov. Hexham

9.45am – 4.30pm, Saturday 22 November, Queen’s Hall, Beaumont St, Hexham

The Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum is an annual day conference featuring talks for the general public about new discoveries in the Hadrian’s Wall frontier zone including the Cumbrian coast.

This year’s programme features talks on excavation projects at Maryport (John Zant and Tony Wilmott), Vindolanda (Andrew Birley) and Wallsend (Nick Hodgson) as well as that at Binchester (David Mason), which has revealed arguably the best-preserved Roman building in the whole of Britain.

There will also be a range of publications on sale at reduced prices.

£12 (inc. tea/coffee mid-morning and mid-afternoon)

Enquiries and bookings:

The Queen’s Hall, Beaumont St, Hexham, NE46 3LS

Tel:  01434 652477


Further information:

Dr David Mason, Archaeology Section, Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UQ


Tel:  03000 267012

Coquetdale Community Archaeology Dippie Dixon lectures 2014

Sunday 19 Oct 2.30pm, Dr Clive Waddington ‘Rescued from the Sea’ Two lectures about the dig at Low Hauxley 2013  ‘Discovery and Excavation on the Northumberland Coast’; break for refreshments, followed by ‘Implications for Prehistory and Community Archaeology’. Jubilee Hall Rothbury,  Coquetdale Community Archaeology Dippie Dixon lectures 2014, all welcome

SIEGE! festival events

SIEGE! festival events on 17th – 25th Oct now available

At St Nicholas Cathedral;
17 – 19 Oct, Exhibition about the Civil War, and tours at 2.00 each day led by a guide from 1644 to tell the story
19 Oct; Experience what it is like to be a Scottish prisoner locked n the Lantern Tower by Mayor John Marley, £5, spaces limited; pre-book on 0191 232 1939
At the Castle;
17 Oct; Newcastle City Walls in the Civil War and Beyond, 1 hour walk led by Time Bandits. £5, must pre-book, 0191 230 6300
17 Oct, 7.30pm, Borderlands: From the Gates of Granada to the Siege of Newcastle, Music from Medieval Spain and 17th century England and Scotland, performed by Lyra Castle Keep.  £6, or £4 concessions. To book, phone 0191 232 7938
18 and 19 Oct, Military Drills presented by The Earl of Loudon’s Regiment; Civil War battlefield medicine; Black Gate Combat Academy demonstrating fencing techniques of the 1600s
19 Oct, 12.00, lecture by John Sadler on the Siege. Booking required, 0191 230 6300
25 Oct, 7.30 Keep Fiddlin’ with Tradition, Concert in the Great Hall of the Castle Keep featuring Northumberland and Borders tunes, Tickets £6, £4 for concessions, phone 0191 230 6300 to book.

5 Nov, 11 am, The Rise of the Lead Industry in 17th century Tynedale, Dr Greg Finch economic historian, Mining Institute, Westgate Road, Newcastle. Free, coffee available from 10.30, buffet lunch (£5: must be booked in advance) and cash bar afterwards

North -East England Maritime Coastal Archaeology Conference, 25th October 2014

On the 25th October 2014, a North -East England Maritime & Coastal Archaeology Conference will be held in Newcastle. It is a joint conference of the North-East Maritime Archaeology Forum and CBA North.

For more information:

NEMAF conference programme

NEMAF conference_Booking

War of the Roses talks at South Shields Museum – October 2014

Talks by Geoffrey Carter (Battlefields Trust) on the Wars of the Roses, at South Shields Museum. Each talk starts at 2.30pm and is £5 per person. Tickets can be bought from the Museum shop.

Thursday 9 October: The Realities of Medieval Warfare.
Thursday 16 October: The Rise & Fall of Richard III.