Monthly Archives: April 2015

WEA Course: Archaeology through the ages

We still have some spaces on an 11 week Archaeology course run by the WEA which has just started at Monkwearmouth Station, Museum North Bridge Street, Sunderland, SR5 1AP between 10.15am and 12.15pm on Fridays.

Fee: £53 or FREE if you are in receipt of a means tested benefit. Course information is available via http://tinyurl.com/n43ra56 or come along to the class on Friday 1st May at 10.15am.  For further information contact Donna Utterson, email:   dutterson@wea.org.uk or  please call 07887821462 or 0191 2126100

 

Henry Duke of Somerset and the Battle of Hexham

Henry Duke of Somerset and the Battle of Hexham – 15th May, see attached Poster_1 for details

15th May, 1464. The Battle of Hexham and capture and execution of Henry, Third Duke of Somerset in Hexham Market Place

What? Who?On the anniversary of the Battle  Hexham Heritage unwrap the life and death of the Duke-leading Lancastrian general of the Wars of the Roses, in a three act event.

Concert of 15th century songs and words in Hexham’s 15th century Moothall, Market Place at 7.15pm by early music ensemble. LYRA  tells the story of this fascinating young man (£8 and £5 for under 25’s)

Somerset meets his nemesis outside Hexham’s Old Gaol Museum; (first purpose built prison in England); free event.8. 30pm

The Final Battle-Hexham Abbey at 8.45pm. Reflections on late medieval ideas on death and resurrection using the wonderful artefacts of the Old Choir and 15th century sacred music  and poetryof England and France. Walk around and soak up the atmosphere in the building where the Duke is said to be buried. (free event, 8.45pm -9.15pm)

Tickets for Moothall concert from Queen’s Hall tel 01434 652477 Box Office  or phone 01434 606293 for more information

Public Lecture – The Emergence of Civilisation and of State Society – Professor Lord Colin Renfrew (University of Cambridge)

Monday 27 April 2015, 18:15 to 19:15, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

The emergence of complexity in human society is difficult to define, but easy enough to discern in the archaeological record. Although our species has been around for more than 100,000 years, permanent settlements began only 12,000 years ago, the first cities some 6,000 years ago, and state societies developed in many parts of the world in the succeeding millennia. The development of complex society in the Aegean will briefly be compared with the analogous process in Egypt, Sumer, China, the Indus, Mexico and Peru in an attempt better to understand the emergence of complex social behaviour.

Biography
Colin Renfrew (Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn) was lecturer in Prehistory and Archaeology in Sheffield and Professor in Southampton before serving as Disney Professor of Archaeology in Cambridge from 1981 to 2004, where he was founding Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. He was the recipient of the Balzan Prize in 2004. He has directed excavations in the Orkney Islands and in Greece, and is the author of The Emergence of Civilisation (1972) and other works includingPrehistory: the Making of the Human Mind (2007).

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event

Jarrow Lecture 2015: Bede and Architectural History

The 58th Jarrow Lecture will be on Bede and Architectural History, and will be given by Dr. Richard Gem. It will be given on Friday the 22nd of May 2015, at 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church.

Dr. Richard Gem is part of the British Archaeological Association. He joined in 1971. He served as Hon. Secretary from 1973 to 1975 (during which term he instituted the present series of medieval art and architecture conferences); he was President from 1983 to 1989.  He followed a career in heritage management, latterly as Secretary of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission, until his retirement.

At the same time he has pursued his ongoing academic research and publication in the field of European architecture from late Roman to Romanesque.

Everybody is welcome, just turn up.

The English Civil War on Teesside: An Introduction

The English Civil War on Teesside: An Introduction

Saturday 11th July, 2015 Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

This is a one day conference organised by the Battlefields Trust, Dorman Museum and Tees

Archaeology as part of the HLF funded River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership Project.

The conference will introduce participants to the impact on the area of the English Civil War and will offer the opportunity for volunteers to get involved in a project to find out more about the period in the area.

10.00 am Arrive (Tea & Coffee)

10.15 Introduction (R Daniels, Tees Archaeology)

10.30 The Battlefields Trust (G Carter, Battlefields Trust}

10.45 Battlefield Archaeotogy of the English Civil War (R Leese, Huddersfield University)

11.30 ECW in the North — East Overview (P Philo, Dorman Museum)

12:15 Lunch

13:00 Costume and Equipment of the ECW (G Carter)

13:45 Battle of Yarm Bridge (P Philo, Dorman Museum)

14:30 17 th Century locations on Teesside (R Daniels, Tees Archaeology)

15.15 What next? (GC, RD, PP)

15.30 pm

Please note that lunch will not be provided, there is a cafe in the museum and shops nearby. Alternatively you may eat sandwiches on the premises.

If you would like to book on this Conference please provide the information below to:- Robin Daniels at

Tees Archaeology, e-mail  teesarchaeology@hartlepool.gov.uk     Tel 01429 523455

Name(s)

E-mail

Tel No.

Hylton Castle Community Open Day

Saturday 16 May 2015, 11.00am – 3.00pm, Free admission

Hylton Castle Community Open Day –  enjoy a range of family fun activities including children’s crafts, storytelling, historical interpretation, castle tours, as well as the opportunity to view the proposed designs for the castle redevelopment.

See Hylton Castle – Community Day for further details of the open day and also to find out more about how to get involved in the Hylton Castle redevelopment project.

Cancelled: World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series April Lecture

Please note that the event below has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015

April Lecture

Friday 17th April 2015, 6.00pm

Venue: Room PG21 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham

 The organisers apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 25 April 2015

cba logo

Council for British Archaeology North

                                                                     c/o The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle

                                                                                        Great North Museum: Hancock

                                                                                                                     Barras Bridge

                                                                                                        Newcastle upon Tyne

                                                                                                                             NE2 4PT

 

11 April 2015

Dear Friends,
Re: Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 25 April 2015

I am writing to invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Council of British Archaeology North region which will be from 10.00am on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the Literary and Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE. Details of the venue can be found at http://www.litandphil.org.uk/visit.shtml.

The business part of the meeting will begin promptly at 10.30am where the agenda below will be dealt with. We extend our invitation to everyone with an interest in the history and archaeology of the area covered by CBA North, even though you may not be a member of CBA North or National CBA. We would welcome any of your thoughts at this meeting though for clarification you would not be able to vote for any of the matters of the AGM business of CBA North.

This year we have invited some local archaeological societies to report upon their work during 2014 to everyone else in an informal manner. We will be hearing from the Border Archaeological Society (BAS) and Coquetdale Community Archaeology (CCA) who have carried out a range of activities in Northumberland, before a tour of the ‘Lit and Phil’s’ extensive and diverse library. If there are sufficient numbers we may well reconvene for further possible events in the afternoon.

I would be most grateful if you could let me know whether you will be attending the meeting by filing in the attached booking form and returning it to our new address above, or by emailing me at cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org by Saturday 18 April as we need to know numbers for refreshments and the tour of the library, as well as for anything further in the afternoon. Please feel free to circulate this notice.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Elliott, Secretary CBA North
Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2015 Agenda
Registered Charity Number 1098854

NOTICE is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Charity to be held at the Literary and Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 25 April 2015 at 10.30 am precisely for the following purposes:

1          to receive and consider the final accounts for the year ended 31st March 2015

2          to receive and consider the annual report for the year ended 31st March 2015

3          in the notification of new committee members

4          CBA North Advocacy

5          any other business notified to the Chairman at least seven days in advance of the meeting or business from the floor

6          local archaeological society talks and displays

 

By order of the committee
Richard Forster
CBA North Chair
Dated 19 March 2015

1. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over is entitled to vote at the AGM. Organisational members are entitled to one vote and should appoint a representative to vote on their behalf.

2. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over who is entitled to attend, speak and vote at the above mentioned meeting may appoint a proxy to attend, speak and, on a poll, vote instead of that member. A proxy need not be a member of the charity.

Booking form:
Name: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Telephone: ………………………. Email address: ………………………………………………………

Please clearly indicate ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group:

 

  • I will be attending the CBA North AGM on 25 April 2015 (if for a group please say which)……………………………………………………………………………..
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 25 April 2015 and wish to nominate the Chair as my proxy
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 25 April 2015 and wish to nominate ………………………………………………………………………. as my proxy
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 25 April 2015 and do not wish to nominate a proxy
  • I would like to contribute something to the local archaeological society talks and displays (if you have any specific requirements please let us know)

 

  • Let us know if you would like any refreshments (e.g. tea and/or coffee) which will be £1.50 per person. We need will numbers in advance for this and for the tour so please indicate the numbers required below:

Refreshments …………………………………Tour ………………………………………

World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series April Lecture

World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015: April Lecture

Friday 17th April 2015, 6.00pm

Venue: Room PG21 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham

 SANDRA ROBERTSON

BA Hons. Town and Country Planning

MA Urban Conservation

“Sustainability: is the planning term a convenience too far or a useful tool in an increasingly managed world?”

The lecture is aimed at stimulating discussion from the audience about an admittedly controversial subject. The offer to speak personally was made in response to feedback comments of some of last year’s student attendees of the lectures who requested more practitioner and planning decision making perspectives.  The presentation draws on types of scenarios reflecting recent and current challenges and real or perceived opinions on ‘sustainability’. It will highlight sometimes conflicting expectations and some of the differing perspectives and legal obligations of those who interact and play a part in influencing the character and experience of our living, working and changing Durham WHS.
With a natural interest in human geography and environmental design and a strong link with the urban landscape of her native North East, Sandra has held Consultant or Senior Planning Officer positions for most of her career, largely dealing with planning applications at Tyne and Wear Development Corporation, Gateshead MBC, Tynedale District Council and Durham County Council. Between 2009 and 2014 Sandra held specialist management roles culminating in Heritage, Landscape and Design Team Leader in the Planning and Assets service. She has stepped down from that fulltime role now and is in a time limited part time singular role for specific projects. Since 2005 Sandra has also run a Sole Practitioner Consultancy, where she has worked on specific commissions and problematic cases, such as the Cockermouth Conservation Area Appraisal, the “Heritage at Risk” development challenges for Axwell Hall andcommunity led high street regeneration in Gateshead, and the funding application and planning permission for expansion for Hartlepool Hospice.

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT PLACES FOR THIS LECTURE ARE LIMITED.

Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi atraffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk.  Would you also let me know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes.

The following lecture in the series will take place on Friday 19th June 2015, 6.00pm.

More details will follow near the time.

Please don’t forget to circulate this email to whoever you think might be interested.