Monthly Archives: October 2014

Talk: Your Country Needs You; First World War Recruiting Posters, Discovery Museum, Newcastle

25 Oct, 11.30-12.30, Your Country Needs You; First World War Recruiting Posters, Dr James McConnel (Newcastle University), Discovery Museum, Blandford Street, Newcastle, £4 (free for students) Part of TWAM’s Wor Life programme.


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