Monthly Archives: June 2015

Northumbria Gardens Trust Study Day

Streatlam Castle Estate Study Day

On Sunday 21st June the Northumbria Gardens Trust (NGT) is having a study day at the Streatlam Castle estate, courtesy of the estate owner, Capt Nigel Pease.

Please click ngt_-_streatlam_study_day_-_flyer[1]  for further information and booking details.





New Perspectives on the First World War and Its Legacies

New Perspectives on the First World War and Its Legacies

The North East Research Forum for First World War Studies will be holding its second event in Durham, on the 18th June.

Please note that booking for the event closes on the 15th June, so please see New Perspectives on the Great War – 18 June -Invitation if you would like to find out more about this event.

Auckland Castle Public Lecture Programme 2015

Auckland Castle Public Lecture Programme 2015

The next lecture in the Auckland Castle Public Lecture Series takes place on 8th July. The title is  ‘The Man behind the Chapel: Bishop John Cosin’, and the speaker is Professor Anthony Milton, University of Sheffield.

For details of this event and others in this series please see Auckland Castle Public Lecture Programme %5b02.06.15%5d


World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015

World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015 – for booking details see the end of the message

Friday 19th June 2015, 6.00pm

Venue: Room PG20 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham


“Sustainable Heritage through Building Surveying in the National Trust and Beyond”

 The talk will introduce the guiding principles and considerations surrounding the conservation of heritage and explore the role of sustainable practices, from setting standards to traditional skills, public engagement and education. It will then cover several case studies, including the conservation work done for National Trust properties, the recent major developments at Auckland Castle and the work on the Magna Carta Vault at Lincoln castle.

Nev Kirby is a well-respected member of the heritage sector within the North of England, with 35 years’ experience in the Building industry. Since 1994 he has been involved with the National Trust and partnering organisations and he is a member of the steering group for the North East Heritage Skills Initiative. Over the years he has been responsible for the repair and upkeep of around 4,000 built structures within the North East and Yorkshire. Some notable projects include his involvement in the developments of Auckland Castle as a visitor attraction and his work at Lincoln Castle for the Magna Carta display.

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

Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at

Would you also let Raffaella know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes. 

Details of our next lecture in August will be given near the time.


Friends of Swaledale Museum Talks

Friends of Swaledale Museum Talks.

The next talk organised by the Friends of Swaledale Museums is on Wednesday 24th June and entitled ‘The Prehistoric Round House in Swaledale’, the speaker is Tim Laurie.

See for further details, including  details of future talks.

Festival of Archaeology 2015: Object identification and handling session at Palace Green, Durham

Object identification and handling session at Palace Green, Durham

Fri 17th Jul 2015 13:00-15:00

Meet our local Finds Liaison Officer from the Portable Antiquities Scheme and bring along any objects you have unearthed – whether they were discovered in the garden or while walking the dog.

For further details see