Monthly Archives: November 2015

Elgee Memorial Lecture

Elgee Memorial Lecture

On December 5th at the Dorman Museum the
Teesside Archaeological Society (TAS) will be holding the Elgee Memorial

Prof Colin Haselgrove of the University of Leicester will be
talking about The Rise and Fall of the Late Iron Age Royal Centre at
Stanwick, North Yorkshire.

This lecture will start at 10am and is free. If you would like to reserve places  please do so at:

Hadrianic Society: Update

Hadrianic Society: Update

The website of the Hadrianic Society has recently been updated with events including the 2016 Roman Army School and the society weekend.

More information about these events and the society can be found at:


Somme 1916: From Durham to The Western Front

Exhibition at Palace Green library

Somme 1916: From Durham to The Western Front

Provisional dates 27 March – 2 October 2016

Following on from the success of the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition (2013) and Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt (2015), Durham University, Durham County Council and the national First World War Centenary partnership (led by the Imperial War Museum) are planning a major exhibition to take place at Palace Green Library during the summer of 2016. The exhibition will commemorate the centenary of the battle of the Somme with particular emphasis on stories of soldiers and non-combatant personnel from County Durham, and the massive contribution made by the county on the home front to support the war effort. Durham University, the DLI Museum and Durham County Records Office are working closely together to make sure that the exhibition has a significant local focus, distinguishing it from other related exhibitions that are taking place across the country. Many of the stories that will be explored in the exhibition link directly to Durham County Record Office Durham at War project http://

The exhibition is planned as a major contribution to a wider programme of commemorative events, activities and outreach. County Durham and the Somme region have shared a twinning relationship for over thirty years and the exhibition team want to ensure that residents of the county and visitors to the region are able to participate in centenary commemorations and find out more about the contribution of their local area. Knowing how many important First World War projects have taken place across the County, the team are planning to organise a major community exhibition in Durham next summer for a weekend at the same time as the Palace Green Exhibition. This exhibition will give local history groups and organisations the opportunity to present their own exhibitions as a countywide collaboration – allowing visitors to learn even more about the men and women of the county, their contribution and sacrifice. Plans for this event are currently in their infancy, and a briefing will be held later on in the year so that everyone has the opportunity to get involved

For more information please contact Marleen Vincenten (Exhibition Project Officer)

For more details of Palace Green Library exhibitions, visit

Durham County Local History Society – request

Durham County Local History Society

Future of history society in doubt after 51 years

Durham County Local History Society’s Council urgently wants to attract new volunteers to ensure the Society has a future.

John Banham, the Society’s Secretary said that :

We have our 51st AGM next Saturday and, unless we recruit new people to edit our Journal and other publications and to generally manage the Society’s work, we will be forced to wind up in a few years. Regrettably, existing members are not coming forward to fill the roles left vacant by retirements, so, in order to continue the Society needs “new blood”.

In 2016 the Society needs to fill the following vacancies :

  • Treasurer (and Trustee – the Society is a registered Charity)
  • General Editor (over the years the Society has published over 30 books)
  • Journal Editor (Journal 80 for 2015 has just been published and, unless an editor can be found in 2016, Journal 81 may be the last one)
  • Programme Secretary (the Society’s Annual Lecture Programme has been in abeyance since 2013 and needs to be revived)
  • Website editor ( see )

The AGM takes place at Committee Room No 2, County Hall, Durham City at10.30 pm on Saturday 21 November 2015 and is a free event. Non-members are welcome. If you are not a member but are interested in attending to find out more, please contact John Banham on 01388 816209 or e-mail him at :

North East Ancient Egypt Society: Urgent News

Urgent news regarding the North East Ancient Egypt Society Study Day and AGM 21 November 10.00am–4.00pm

Owing to the current situation in Egypt, Dr Hourig Sourouzian has had to postpone her visit to the North East.

The Study Day will still go ahead, although it will be shorter and will focus on recent work.

This will take place at:-

Literary and Philosophical Society

23 Westgate Road

Newcastle upon Tyne



Non-members £10.00 – £5.00 concessions, payable on the day.

The day will start the same at 10:00 with tea / coffee and biscuits

10:30 a talk by Angus Graham on his work at Luxor

Penny Wilson will talk about the summer’s work at Sais (Sa el Hagar).

1:00 lunch

1:30  –  2:30 AGM

From 2.45 there will be final couple of talks and prize draw, we aim to finish around 4:00.

The ever popular book sale and raffle will also still take place – so empty your attics and garages!

The meal will still go ahead so please let us know if you wish to come:  –  Venue:  Taste of Persia

We wish Hourig all the best and look forward to welcoming her next year.


Please note that you must register for a ticket at

Heritage at Risk: the Long Game

Durham World Heritage Site -Architecture and Conservation Series

The next lecture in this series will take place on Wednesday 18th November 2015, at 6.30pm.

Venue: Room PG20 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham

Robin Dower: “Heritage at Risk: the Long Game”

Buildings and Sites are identified as Heritage at Risk because they have been underused and unvalued, perhaps for many years, and their management and maintenance has consequently been neglected. Decay has brought them to a state requiring a significant effort to rescue. This talk will illustrate case studies of Heritage at Risk sites of widely different cultural origins, the aim being to recognise their significance and to understand the causes of decay in order to develop an affordable conservation strategy for each building.

For 40 years Robin Dower has been a partner in a small architectural practice in the North East. He regards himself as a countryman, previously being a member of the Northumberland National Park Committee and Regional Council for Sport and Recreation in the 1970s and the Countryside Commission for England and Wales throughout the 1980s. He has been a member of the Newcastle Diocesan Advisory Committee since 1982 and is Chairman of Durham Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee and a member of the Cathedral’s Open Treasure Project Board. He talks occasionally of retirement but is not in a hurry to make such a move.

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

To register, contact Raffaella Aliprandi:



Research and Rescue Excavations – Exhibition and talk

Recovery and rescue archaeology – Exhibition and Lecture

The current exhibition at the Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre is entitled ‘The Nepal Earthquakes: research and rescue excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage properties of Kathmandu’.  The exhibition finishes on the 27th November.

The Visitor Centre team would like to invite you to a lunchtime talk by Dr Mark Manuel, one of the research team on Thursday 19th November at 1.15pm at the Visitor Centre.  Dr Manuel will outline Durham University’s Department of Archaeology and UNESCO Chair activities in Kathmandu since the earthquakes in April and May 2015. There will also be an opportunity to view the exhibition.

If you would like to reserve a space please email or call the Visitor Centre on or 0191 33 43805 (space is limited).  The Visitor Centre is located at 7 Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB