Monthly Archives: March 2015

University College Durham Trust Scholarship: MA Museum and Artefact Studies

University College and the Department of Archaeology at Durham University are delighted to invite applications for the 2015 – 17 University College Durham Trust Scholarship. This is a two-year part-time course in Museum and Artefact Studies at Durham University.

The University College Durham Trust Scholarship is provided by University College Durham Trust in memory of Lt-Col Angus Alexander Macfarlane-Grieve, Master of University College from 1939-1953, and funded by donations made by the College’s alumni.

The scholarship holder will have access to the College collections while undertaking their studies, research and dissertation and may potentially support both the Curator and the wider College in its efforts to improve the College as a museum and accessible heritage site. The course is carried out part-time over a period of two years. In addition a willingness to play a full part in the life of the College and Department of Archaeology is expected.

The Anglo-Saxon World- Bede’s World and Durham University Mini Module

The Anglo-Saxon World is a mini module run at Bede’s World by Durham University Archaeology Department. This is a short intensive module for the public which requires no previous knowledge of the subject area, but it does take participants in-depth into an exploration of the early medieval world of Bede.

Join us to learn about health and disease in the early medieval era, find out how people ate and how they lived their lives. Our evening sessions will run in the museum giving unrivalled and unique evening access to exhibits and the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon farm.

The mini module consists of 8 sessions run on Thursday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm and costs £7.50 per person per session, or £35 per person for a block of all 8 sessions. The module starts on the Thursday 30th of April, and runs until the 18th of June 2015. To book, contact Claire Douthwaite on 0191 489 2106 ext 209.

For more information:

World of Bede, Church Bank, Jarrow Saturday Lectures

World of Bede, Church Bank, Jarrow

Saturday lectures:

March 28th Bone Flutes Helen Leaf

April 25th Bede and the Bible Franklin Harkins, University of Durham.

June 27th Excavation of two Anglo-Saxon period farmsteads in Brows Pasture, Chapel-le-Dale, North Yorkshire.
David Johnson, Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust.

October 31st Architecture & Liturgy in Anglo-Saxon England  Helen Gittos, University of Kent.

All lectures take place at 12 noon

Yeavering and the Origins of Northumbrian Kingship, a lecture by Colm O’ Brien 13/03/15

Friends’ of Berwick and District Museums and Archives

Yeavering and the Origins of Northumbrian Kingship, a lecture by Colm O’ Brien

Friday 13 March 2015 Berwick Parish Centre 7.00 p.m.

Visitors welcome
(The lecture will be followed by the Friends’ Annual General Meeting at 8.15 p.m.)

Tynedale North of the Wall Archaeology Group lectures – 26/03/2015

7pm on Thursday, 26 March 2015 at Hexham

Community Landscape Archaeology for Altogether Archaeology in
Northumberland National Park
by Peter Schofield, and
My Archaeological Experience by Stan Beckensall

Admission free, but places are limited

To reserve a place please email

Volunteers in South Tyneside- Heritage at Risk

Heritage at Risk

Lucy Routledge, the South Tyneside Historic Environment Officer, is looking for volunteers to join her team in carrying out surveys of Grade II Listed Buildings in South Tyneside.  No experience is necessary and training and advice will be provided.  There are some details on the attached English Heritage newsletter, as well as news of other heritage events in the area which may be of interest.

 There are about 20 volunteers signed up so far but lots of buildings to cover, so all hands needed.  The surveys can be carried out to suit the individual and it is all very flexible so people can decide how much they would like to take on.

It sounds a wonderful way of help conserve the heritage of the local area; get some hands-on training, and get to know people in the local area interested in South Tyneside’s history.

 If interested then email or call Lucy:

 Mobile 07776996718

Office 0191 424 7592

 Or Rose at the North of England Civic Trust who will be organising the training

Managing World Heritage Workshop and Public Lecture, Durham – 12/03/15

Managing World Heritage Workshop

Thursday 12 March 9.00–16.00

Senate Suite, University College (Durham Castle)

To book visit:

 Please note that registration is essential and places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional information and the full schedule for the workshop is attached. 

 The day will include two major sessions focused on the ‘social and economic impacts of heritage’ and ‘intangible heritage’.  Speakers will include Professor Kiran Fernandes (DUBS & Director, UK National Commission for UNESCO), Revd Canon Rosalind Brown (Chair of the Durham World Heritage Site Coordinating Committee), Mr Stephen Creigh-Tyte (DUBS & Former Chief Economist DCMS), Professor K. Krishnan (MS University of Baroda, India), Ms Anouk Lafortune-Bernard (University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne) and Professor Robin Coningham (UNESCO Chair, Durham University).  

  Sharing Experiences of Managing World Heritages Sites in Asia with Durham

A public lecture by Kai Weise

Thursday 12th March, 17:30-18.30, followed by a drinks reception

Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)

Registration for the lecture is not necessary

  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Kai Weise directly ( or

Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Seminar 13/03/2015

Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Seminar

ARMB Room 1.06 (1st floor Armstrong Building)

Friday 13th March 5.30pm

‘Not just a Wall’ –  Humphrey Welfare

 Roman Archaeology Seminar on Friday 13th at 5.30pm in the Armstrong Building, Room 1.06. Humphrey Welfare will be giving a paper entitled ‘Not just a Wall’, explaining the importance of the other features, in particular the earthworks, which are part of the frontier landscape.


How does a multi-venue exhibition really work? Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Wallsend Tuesday 10th March

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Wallsend
Tuesday 10th March
11:00 – 15:00

Find out in this free day-school as we explore the concept of a ‘dispersed exhibition,’ unpack some of the successes and challenges, and consider the future for this approach.

Increasingly museums are being urged to work in partnerships, at and across all levels. In addition, National Museums, conscious of their role outside London, are seeking to ensure the collections they hold for the nation reach more people by travelling beyond the walls of their own institutions.

Over the last six years Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and the National Portrait Gallery have worked with a number of partner museums in the North East of England and on Hadrian’s Wall to create ‘dispersed exhibitions’. That is to say, an exhibition of 9-11 portraits, but with one portrait on display in each of the participating museums, with audiences encouraged to visit several venues.

This approach has been replicated successfully on three occasions. North Face (2008), Explorers (2011), and Wall Face (2014) , with a variety of museums participating, from large urban Local Authority venues to small rural voluntary run museums.

In each case the museums were all closely involved in final selection, text and display design, ensuring that a true partnership approach was taken throughout. In addition to the exhibition, learning and engagement programmes were developed that helped participants engage with the theme of the exhibition and the concept of portraiture in general.

The purpose of this day is to explore the concept of a dispersed exhibition, to look at some of the principles applied across this set of exhibitions, unpack some of the successes and challenges, and consider the future for this approach.

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

For more information, click here.

NEAES March Meeting, Talk: ‘Eight Women – Understanding Gender and Afterlife in Late Middle Kingdom Burials’

NEAES March Meeting 2015

Saturday 14th March 2015  –  2:00  – 4:00

Durham, Elvet Hill House, Oriental Museum

2.0       –  Tea and coffee

2.20   –  Talk Starts

Wolfram Grajetzki, UCLA Encyclopaedia of Egyptology

 ‘Eight Women – Understanding Gender and Afterlife in Late Middle Kingdom Burials’

 Using case studies to interpret funeral archaeology, Wolfram will investigate powerful women and their hopes for a ‘Beautiful West’.

NEAES Members – FREE  Visitors £5.00, Concs. £3.00


A reminder for our forthcoming lectures in May and July 2015

 Saturday 16th May – 2.00 – 4.00


Elvet Hill House, Oriental Museum

 Saturday 18th July – 2.00 – 4.00


Commercial Union House