Monthly Archives: March 2015

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

Talk: Yeavering and the Origins of Northumbrian Kingship – 13/03/2015

Friends’ of Berwick and District Museums and Archives

Yeavering and the Origins of Northumbrian Kingship

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.

County Durham Archaeology Day tickets go on sale March 2nd 2015

Tynedale North of the Wall Archaeology Group lectures 7pm on Thursday, 26 March 2015 at Hexham

Tynedale North of the Wall  Archaeology Group lectures
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

Talk: How Many Roads Lead to Aldborough ? (Roman Roads)- 7/3/2015

How Many Roads Lead to Aldborough ?

Mike Turpin will give the seventh in a series of talks on The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire at Thornton le Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 7th March 2015 at 2.00 pm. Admission will be £2 at the door, but prior booking is advised. This programme is designed to both report on recent archaeological activity and to encourage future research within a professional framework.

Mike is an amateur community archaeologist who has spent the last three years carrying out research into the antiquarian history relating to the Roman town of Isurium Brigantum, known today as Aldborough, just east of Boroughbridge. As part of this research Mike has become involved with the work of Mike Haken of the Roman Antiquities Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society who gave the first of the Roman Roads of North Yorkshire talks. Mike also takes a keen interest in field archaeology, particularly the implementation of various survey technologies.

Aldborough played a particularly significant role within the Roman occupation of Britain becoming one of the relatively few towns given the status of Civitas Capital, an administrative centre for the largest tribal area in Britain occupied by the tribes collectively known as the Brigantes. It is still not fully understood when and why this settlement was given high status by the Romans, but Mike will argue that its location and choice as Civitas Capital must in part depend on the communication infra-structure both before and after the Romans moved into Northern Britain post A.D. 69.

Mike will consider how Isurium Brigantum may have fitted into the wider network of road and river transportation. This raises many questions which Mike will continue to address in the coming months. He will include in his talk some of the archaeological evidence obtained over the last 250 years of antiquarian investigation and more recent research including reference to the work currently being undertaken by Professor Martin Millett of Cambridge University at Roman Aldborough, as well as introducing some of what can currently be seen by visitors to this important site.

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