Monthly Archives: December 2015

Global Adornments: Glass Bangles in the Late Iron Age-Roman Period Europe and Britain

Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Seminars

Please find below details of the next lecture in this series, and see the attached poster for further details.

Global Adornments:

Glass Bangles in the Late Iron Age-Roman Period Europe and Britain

Dr Tatiana Ivleva (Newcastle)

6 pm, Tuesday 15 December, 2015

Room 1.06 Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

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Martin Roberts “The buildings and landscapes of Durham University”

Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Lecture Series 2015

Please see the information below about this event next week:

Wednesday 16th December 2015, 6.30pm

Venue: Room PG20 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham

MARTIN ROBERTS: “The Buildings and Landscapes of Durham University: Our Shared Heritage”

The foundation of Durham University in 1832 started a process of physical change that the city had not experienced since the Norman Conquest, not only on the historic peninsula but also in the surrounding streets and countryside. Wherever change took place, university architects invariably had to assimilate into their designs the dramatic topography of the city and its central eyecatcher, Durham Cathedral. The lecture will explore the buildings and landscapes that are the inseparable components of Durham University and ask whether these often uplifting and beautiful places could be shared more widely for the enjoyment of even more people.

Martin trained as an architect at Newcastle University, and later specialised in conservation. His professional career lasted 36 years, first with Durham City Council and later as Historic Buildings Inspector for English Heritage in the North East. 

His research has been published in local and national journals on architectural and garden history, he has written various books on Durham City and Durham University and he lectures extensively throughout the region.

He is currently Secretary (and founder) of the North East Vernacular Architecture Group, committee member of the Northumbria Gardens Trust, and member of both the Durham Diocesan Advisory Committee on Churches and Durham Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London. At the moment he is working

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

Please note that places for this lecture are limited.  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 could you circulate this email to whoever you think might be interested.

Kind regards,

Raffaella Aliprandi

Architecture and Conservation Series Organiser
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre







Science and Mining in the North East

Science and Mining in the North East: George Stephenson, Humphry Davy and Michael Faraday

On December 5th, at 6pm, at The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne there will be a lecture as part of a day commemorating the 200th anniversary of Stephenson’s demonstration of his safety lamp. F A L James, MAE Professor of the History of Science, will be talking about Science and Mining in the North East: George Stephenson, Humphry Davy and Michael Faraday. This talk will compare the ‘engineering’ solution pursued by George Stephenson and the ‘scientific’ one followed by Humphry Davy, assisted by Michael Faraday. The simultaneity of these discoveries provoked a ferocious controversy between the main protagonists. The arguments were informed not only by the merits and
precise chronologies of development, but also by business, class, political and regional rivalries (this talk is FREE but please book a place).

Further details of the events that are running all day can be found at:

Seminar Newcastle University – Tuesday 8th December 2015

Seminar Newcastle University – Tuesday 8th December 2015

Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Seminars

6 pm, Tuesday 8th December, 2015

Dr David Mason will be talking about: ‘Research Excavations at Binchester 2009-2015’

Room 1.06, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

See the attached Poster for further detail.  All Welcome!