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 or come along to the class on Friday 1st May at 10.15am.  For further information contact Donna Utterson, email: or  please call 07887821462 or 0191 2126100


The Fourum, including details of Till Valley Archaeological Society Lecture


Attached is an e-version of The Fourum, including details of the Till Valley Archaeological Society Lecture by Professor Sam Turner from Newcastle University.

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.

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 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     Tel 01429 523455



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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.