Monthly Archives: May 2015

Border Archaeological Society – next meeting: 1st June

The  next meeting of Border Archaeological Society is on Monday 1st June:

The Lecture is entitled ‘Routes to Flodden in 1513’ and David Caldwell (Historian and Museum Curator ) will be giving the Lecture.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm, at the Parish Centre, Berwick on Tweed, see website for further detail and entrance fee (if applicable).

More information on the lecture, the Society and it’s activities can be found at:



The Late Shows 15 & 16 May

So much happening with the Late Shows this weekend!

The Late Shows is an inspiring, after dark programme of events and exhibitions centering on the cultural venues in NewcastleGateshead that are usually closed in the evening. The Late Shows began in 2007 and now, in its ninth year, has doubled in size since its beginning.

Museums, galleries and visitor attractions stay up late to encourage people to do something cultural with their evening – in celebration of the international event ‘Museums at Night’.

In the first year, 14 venues took part, rising to more than 50 in 2014.  The Late Shows 2014 was the biggest and most successful yet with 33,000 visits across the weekend.

The Late Shows’ main objective is to encourage people to visit a museum or gallery that they may not have visited before. In particularly, our aim is to attract a younger audience and share loyal audiences between venues.

Venues involved in the evening are asked to programme an event or activity that would be different to their normal offering and over the years we’ve seen everything from interactive art, treasure trails, behind the scenes tours and exhibition previews to live music, DJs, discos and artist talks.

The Late Shows 2015 will take place on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May 2015.

For further details have a look at:


Morpeth Castle Open Day, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2015, 10am to 4pm

Morpeth Castle sits on a hill overlooking the River Wansbeck and the town itself. It was built in 1300, more for show than defence but once you are within the curtain wall, you could be inside the most remote Border stronghold.

At 3pm on Saturday 16 May, Morpeth Castle will participate in a shared Golden Moment with the 24 other Landmark Trust properties open across the country. Community music groups will simultaneously perform a specially composed Anthem for Landmark. Here at Morpeth Castle, ‘The Border Directors’ will be performing.

Come and be part of this special moment! If the weather is fine, you are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the grounds.

Free Admission and leaflets on the building’s history, see for more information

Auckland Castle: Princes of the Church and their Palaces: An international conference and public lectures 30th June to 4th July 2015

Princes of the Church and their Palaces: An international conference and public lectures 30th June to 4th July 2015

An international conference and series of public lectures exploring bishops’ and popes’ palaces across Britain and Europe, with a particular focus on the redevelopments at Auckland Castle.

Anyone with an interest in Auckland Castle itself or in historical monuments in general is warmly invited to attend and take part in discussions. The conference will be the fullest treatment of bishops’ and popes’ palaces ever undertaken.

Keynote speakers:
* Simon Thurley – English Heritage
What is special about bishops’ palaces? (Domestic performance of liturgy, private chapels, cloisters).

* Maureen C. Miller – University of California Berkley
Political and cultural significance of the Bishop’s Palace in Medieval Italy

* Malcolm Thurlby – York University, Toronto
Bishop Puiset’s Hall at Auckland Castle in relation to later Twelfth-Century episcopal halls in England.

For more information or to book your place visit
A printable poster for the conference is available to download here