Monthly Archives: August 2015

Durham World Heritage Site Lecture Series

World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Lecture Series 2015

August Lecture

Thursday 27th August 2015, 6.30pm

Venue: Room PG20 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham


“A sustainable future for World Heritage Sites:  a Local and International Perspective”

 Building on her first year as Durham World Heritage Site Centre Co-ordinator, Jane will share some insights into how the new Management Plan can be used to ensure a sustainable and vigorous future for the Durham World Heritage Site. By also looking at the greater challenges to World Heritage Sites world-wide, the talk will help to put our own challenges and issues into perspective.

Jane Gibson is the Co-ordinator for the Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site. Her career has seen her working in the heritage sector since graduating in Archaeology from Durham University in the early 1980’s. After 20 years working in National Museums in the field of Collections Management, she returned to the North East of England as Head of Historic Operations at Beamish Museum. More recently she led the Heritage Development programme for Hexham Abbey’s successful £3m project to refurbish their monastic buildings, to create a new visitor centre, café and community facilities and managed Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museums programme for Cumbria. Nearing the end of her first year in her new post in Durham, she is working on the new five-year Management Plan for the City’s World Heritage Site.

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

Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at

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

Please circulate this information to whoever you think might be interested.

Home Front Legacy 1914 – 1918 Project: Durham Day School

Home Front Legacy 1914 – 1918 Project: Durham Day School

Saturday 15th August 2015 saw the Home Front Legacy day school take place at Palace Green Library, Durham.

The course was attended by a range of parties including local organisations, CBA North committee members and enthusiastic individuals interested in getting involved.

Amongst other things, the day cover the sometimes (very) well disguised evidence of WW1 remains in the landscape, how to set up recording projects, and provided a manual for the recording app.

If you were not at the session and would like further information please contact

Sue Wright – Home Front Legacy project officer:

Chris Kolonko: Freelance First World War site recording trainer for the Home Front Legacy project:


Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society

Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society

The Archaeology Data Service and the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society have announced the release of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Transactions archive.

For further details of this are on the ADS website, see  Here you will find all of the Transactions volumes published from 1874 up to 2006, with the years 2007-2014 articles available in abstract form.

Operation Nightingale – Archaeology Open Day

Operation Nightingale – Archaeology Open Day Sunday, 16 August 2015
Marne Barracks, Catterick

As the excavations are on an operation military site access is limited and anybody wishing to join a tour of the excavations must book. Places are limited, anybody who does book a place must bring photo identification.

See the link below for further instructions and details.


Tyne and Wear Heritage Conference

Tyne and Wear Heritage Conference

Registration is now open for the Tyne and Wear Heritage Conference which takes place  on 23rd January 2016, at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Tyne & Wear Heritage Conference is the first step in an ambitious project to engage local communities in the preservation of their local heritage.

Please see the attached TWHF_conference[1] poster for details!


Community Research Survey

A current project by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service has been commissioned by Historic England in order to assess the amount of archaeology and local history research being undertaken by voluntary groups in England, and evaluate the potential for this to contribute to research resources and agendas.

Further details about the project and the methodology are available at,

The survey is located at: It will close on 21st August.


Northumberland Garden Seminar


Northumberland Garden Seminar 

Saturday, 26th September, 2015, Felton Park followed by  Gallery 45, Felton

Programme and Speakers:

9.30   Meet at Felton Park greenhouse, which will be almost complete.

10.00 Walk/drive to Gallery 45

10.15 Coffee

10.30 to 12.30:

  • Harry Beamish, who carried out Historic England’s research into the greenhouse,on why the greenhouse is so unusual.
  • Dr David Marsh, garden historian, on John Claudius Loudon’s contribution to popular gardening.
  • Geoff Bailey, descendant of W & D Bailey (Iron Founders) of Holborn, who acquired Loudon’s patent in 1818, on how the greenhouse was
  • Fiona Green, Chairman of Northumbria Gardens Trust, on Northumberland’s gardening culture.

12.30 Concluding Remarks

1.00   (Optional) Lunch at Northumberland Arms

Tickets (60 places): Seminar only £3; Lunch at Northumberland Arms £20.

Apply: or  Tim Maxwell: 01670 787776



British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography

There are changes afoot and the BIAB (British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography –, which is currently provided by the Council for British Archaeology and run with the support of all major historic environment sector organisations from UK and Ireland, will be moving to the Archaeology Data Service during 2016.

There is a survey online which investigates who is using the service, and also which other bibliographic tools the historic environment community are using in their research.

It would be useful for the service if as many people as possible could complete the survey – (no more than 10 questions) – to help aid the identification of current and potential users of BIAB.

The survey is available until Sunday 23rd August, should take under 5 minutes and your response will be anonymous.