Monthly Archives: November 2014

‘Your Heritage Needs You’ (9th December in Newcastle).

‘Your Heritage Needs You’ (9th December in Newcastle).

Find a poster here – YOUR HERITAGE NEEDS YOU Invite

We specifically want to target local voluntary and community groups across the North East, including community partnerships, local development trusts and umbrella organisations representing community and voluntary interests.


 The overall aim of this event is to increase awareness of Heritage at Risk amongst community and voluntary groups in the North East and the support and advice that is available.  Specific objectives within this overall aim include:

 Increased knowledge about what the heritage at risk programme is

  • More understanding amongst local community groups about how they can support heritage at risk in their local area
  • Better awareness of what funding support is available from organisations like English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Greater familiarity of what fundraising support is available from organisations like the Heritage Alliance – e.g. funding workshops, project mentoring, webinars and consultancy support
  • Increased confidence and knowledge about who to contact for help and advice

  Event format

 The event will comprise:

 Talking heads

  • Funding surgery (local EH and HLF contacts and Heritage Alliance)
  • Free copies of latest Heritage at Risk publications and support materials
  • Afternoon tea and networking


Tackling Bulk Archaeology: Medieval Pottery at Norton Priory, Runcorn, Cheshire

Down south but may be of interest!

Tackling Bulk Archaeology: Medieval Pottery at Norton Priory, Runcorn, Cheshire

This Society for Museum Archaeology workshop consists of a series of hands-on sessions on 11 December, from 1030 to 1630, using the collection at Norton Priory to show the development of pottery in the Cheshire region from the 5th to 17th centuries. Regional pottery specialist Julie Edwards will describe the main ware types for each ceramic period and introduce themes of production, distribution and consumption. Duncan Brown will also provide a guide to the basics of pottery description and identification and examine some of the curatorial aspects of caring for and accessing medieval pottery.

The workshop is aimed at people working in museums, either in curation or education, or as volunteers, also field archaeologists and of course, students, and aims to provide a background in the identification and management of post-Roman pottery collections. It is open to anyone with an interest in the subject, who thinks they might benefit from handling and learning about pottery from the north-west of England.

Each session costs just £45 and only twelve places are available on each course, so book today!

For registration and further details contact the SMA Training Officer Rhi Smith at r.

Archaeology, Historic Buildings and the Planning Process Training Day 29/11/14

Archaeology, Historic Buildings and the Planning Process

Saturday 29 November 9.30am–4.30pm in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede,

Durham University. DH1 1SZ


A training day organised by the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, with the North East Heritage Partnership, Teesside Archaeological Society and CBA North.


09.30   Registration

10.00   Introduction Andrew Millard

10.05   Setting the Scene; the planning process and the Historic Environment

Niall Hammond

10:30   The role of the local authority specialist (including scheduling) and the Historic

Environment Record Robin Daniels

11.15  Tea/Coffee

11.40   The role of the local authority Conservation Officer Sarah Scarr

12.10   The role of the local English Heritage planning and conservation team Kate Wilson

12.45–1.45    Lunch

1.45     Archaeology Case Study (to confirm)

2.15     Casework: assessing historical, architectural and heritage value of buildings

Martin Roberts

3.00    Tea/Coffee

3.30     Informing, objecting and appealing; how local societies can be involved

Chris Burgess

4.00     Plenary discussion (chaired by Andrew Millard)

4.30    End


Total cost: £10 for the day, including tea/coffee and lunch. Please reply by 17 November for catering purposes. Places may be booked by Email: , Telephone: 01388 762620

Booking Form

The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire: The Greta Bridge Crossing- 8/11/2014

The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire:  The Greta Bridge Crossing

Dr David Mason will give the third of a series of talks on The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire at Thornton le Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 8th November 2014 at 2.00 pm. Admission will be £2 at the door, but prior booking is required. This programme is designed to both report on recent activity and to encourage future research within a professional framework.

David is Principal Archaeologist at Durham County Council, Editor of the journal of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland and an Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University. He has followed a distinguished career in the public and private sectors and since taking up the position at Durham has supervised ground breaking work at Binchester, Piercebridge and Greta Bridge, each located on important Roman routes.

He will report on his recent work at Greta Bridge where earthworks remain of the Roman fort, which was occupied from the mid second century to the late fourth century. Along with the Roman fort situated a few miles to the west at Bowes, it guarded the cross Pennine road, now known as the M66 (Margary 82). David will place his recent work in the context of this route, and its associated fortifications, which links Scotch Corner to the Stainmore Pass.

Bookings to be made with John Sheehan: Telephone 01609 771878 or email from whom further information can be obtained.





Historic Mapping Workshop – Saturday, 15th November

The Study of Historic Maps: A Workshop

The third in a series of workshops on archaeological techniques will take place at Thornton le Street Village Hall near Thirsk on Saturday, 15th November between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm

Outline of the Day

History and Development of Mapping

An introduction to the reasons for and processes of map making over the centuries (and millennia) and how these have resulted in the different kinds of mapping available to historians and archaeologists today.

Types of Historic Mapping

An exploration of the most common (and some uncommon) types of historic mapping that you might expect to consult during the courses of historic research.

Where to find Historic Mapping

An overview of the physical and digital locations where mapping can be obtained for historic and archaeological research.

Map Regression

A practical exercise in techniques of manual historic map regression using a series of maps of different ages and forms. This session will also look at inferring the presence of archaeological features from historic mapping.

Digital Mapping: an Overview

An introduction, in lecture form, to the ways in which digital approaches to historic mapping are currently being used. This will include an overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and how this is increasingly being used to drive map-based historic research.

About Solstice Heritage

The workshop is being run by Jim Brightman of Solstice Heritage. Jim is an independent archaeologist and heritage consultant based in the local area who has spent a substantial amount of his career to date helping to set up and run community and volunteer archaeology projects. Following a degree and research-based Masters investigating the Roman frontier of northern Britain, Jim spent 8 years working on a variety of projects in the Peak District and southern Pennines before relocating to his childhood home near Catterick in mid-2012, aiming to help set up projects looking into the archaeology of the fascinating, yet understudied, Vale of Mowbray.


Prior booking is required. The fee for the workshop is £20. There will be a lunch break between 12.00 and 1.00 pm, but lunch is not provided. Cheques in favour of Solstice Heritage to be forwarded to John Sheehan, 4 Arden Mews, Northallerton DL6 1 EN. There will be an additional charge of £2 on the day to cover accommodation and refreshment costs. For further information please contact John Sheehan on 01609 771878 or by email: