Monthly Archives: October 2015

Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed Lecture

Friends of the Oriental Museum Lecture Series 2015/16 in association with the North East Ancient Egypt Society are holding a joint lecture:

Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed, a lecture by Dr Campbell Price of Manchester Museum will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2015, 7.30pm, in Lecture Room 9, Elvet Hill House (Adjacent to the Oriental Museum), Durham.

See the attached poster for more details

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum 2015

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum 2015

The Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum is an annual day-conference featuring talks for the general public about new discoveries in the Hadrian’s Wall frontier zone including the Cumbrian coast. This year’s programme features talks on excavation projects at Maryport, Vindolanda, Wallsend, South Shields and Binchester.

This year the event will take place on the 28th November at Queen’s Hall, Hexham, For booking detail see:


Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series: October Lecture

Please see the message below regarding the next World Heritage Architecture and Conservation Series Lecture:

Dear all,                                                                                             
Please find below the details of our Architecture and Conservation Series lecture for October.
I very much hope you will be able to attend.
World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015
October Lecture
Wednesday 21st October 2015, 6.30pm
Venue: Room PG20 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham
“The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site”

Among the first group of designations in Britain were Durham and the Ironbridge Gorge, the latter being the first industrial site in a country that set in train the Industrial Revolution which heralded the modern world. David de Haan, one of the retired Directors at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, will look at the World Heritage Site, what was there and how the area was restored. The lecture will present the history, the decline and dereliction that preceded the restoration, and the interpretation and conservation that made possible the WHS nomination. It will also look at the management issues and the visitor profile so that parallels can be drawn.
David is a museum professional with 45 years’ experience, including 8 years at the Science Museum in London and 34 at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, where he still works as a volunteer. He managed the Ironbridge Institute’s Heritage Management programme from 1998 and the Museums Management programme from 2001 until his retirement in 2012. He was also responsible for the restoration, interpretation and management of many of the museum sites in Ironbridge. A past Fellow of the Museums Association, past Council Member of the Newcomen Society, and Honorary Secretary of the Association for Industrial Archaeology, David is an acknowledged expert on the Iron Bridge, the 1851 Exhibition and the Art of the Industrial Revolution.
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 me know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes. 
Please don’t forget to circulate this email to whoever you think might be interested. 
I am looking forward to seeing you at the lecture.
Kind regards, 
Raffaella Aliprandi
Architecture and Conservation Series Organiser



North-East Ancient Egypt Society – next event and membership form

North-East Ancient Egypt Society – next event and membership form

If you’re wanting to find out more about Ancient Egypt and NEAESOC – we’ve attached a couple of useful documents.

See the Joining Form which has all the membership details on.

For the next event take a look at flyer





Middleton St George Local History Group

Regarding the schedule, the group has found it necessary to make some changes to the previously posted list below:

19 Nov is now  Geoff Braddy       Stockton Castle- Myths and Realities

17 March is now Niall Hammond     The Bishop of Durham’s Manor house at Feethams. Archaeological excavations in the historic heart of Darlington.

Middleton St George Local History Group

Here is the list of meetings of the Middleton St George Local History Group, they take place at the Community centre, Water Park, Middleton St George at 7.30pm

Yearly membership £10, visitor fee £3 per visit
Thurs 22nd Oct German Warfare in the trenches: Alastair Fraser
Thurs 19th Nov The Bishop of Durham, Manor House at Feethams, Darlington: Niall Hammond
Thurs 20th Dec Christmas Party
Thurs 21st Jan North Riding’s forgotten Admiral: Sam Woods
Thurs 18th Feb Binchester, Pompeii of the North: David Mason
Thurs 17th Mar Stockton Castle , Myths and Realities: Geoff Braddy
Thurs 21st April Life in 18th Century Darlington: David Coulthard
For further information about the group and its activities see:

Darlington Historical Society


Darlington Historical Society

Here is the list of meetings of the Darlington Historical Society, which are held at the Friends Meeting House at 7.30pm
Yearly membership £8, visitor fee £2 per meeting

Wed 21st Oct    The Tudor Housewife  Jane Sammells
Wed 18th Nov   Christmas Times in days of Yore   Marion Moverley
Wed 16th Dec    The Hell Fire Club     Tony Nicholson
Wed 20th Jan 2016  Carpet Weaving in Durham City  David Butler
Wed 17th Feb  Women and Property in the 18th and 19th Centuries   Joan Heggie
Wed 16th March  The Knights Templar in Yorkshire   John Lee
Wed 20th April     AGM and Members Evening


For further information about the group and its activities see: