Monthly Archives: March 2016

A quick reminder – Dead Men DO Tell Tales

A quick reminder in case anyone has forgotten. Tonight is the Teesside Archaeological Society’s lecture Dead Men DO Tell Tales by Dr. Andrew Millard, who as well as President of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, is also a Senior Lecturer at Durham University in his day job.

Further details of the talk and the speaker, hosting society and venue can be found in the Teesside Archaeological Society’s website page here. Details of the further TAS events for 2016 can be found in our CBA North Events page and further information on TAS in our Local Societies and Groups page.

Enjoy!

CWAAS Anniversary Celebrations

[Though the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society are not a CBA North member, we’ve been passed details by Professor Stringer of the forthcoming 150th Anniversary of the society, so see – and enjoy the links of – that below].

Dear CBA North Members,

As you may know, the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year. We have a full programme of events appropriate to such a commemoration, and are naturally keen to ensure the widest possible publicity. The Society would therefore be most grateful if you felt it to be appropriate to post on your website a link to our Anniversary webpage. The URL is http://cumbriapast.com/cgi-bin/ms/main.pl?action=150year.

I should add that, as part of our Anniversary celebrations, the Society has digitised its Transactions, accessible on the Archaeological Data Service website at http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/cumberland/. This may likewise be of
interest to your members, and I hope that you can also draw it to their attention.

Best wishes

Keith Stringer
Vice-President of the CWAAS and Chair of its Outreach Committee

Coach trip to see the Celts

The newest group member of CBA North – the Northumberland Archaeological Group – has sent us details of their planned coach trip to Edinburgh on Saturday, 21st May, to see the Celts Exhibition at the National Museum for which there are spaces still available.

This will leave Newcastle at 8.30am and return by about 6.30 pm. Details and costs etc. are to be confirmed. Those interested in attending should contact Caroline Allott, tel: 01670 513365, or e-mail: cballott@aol.com. Be sure to give your contact details and whether you are entitled to concessionary entrance to the museum. You can also write to 75, Low Stobhill, Morpeth NE61 2SQ, but be sure to give phone number and enclose an SAE.

Please respond to Caroline if you are interested in attending by Monday, 11th April at the latest. Further details on NAG and their programme can be found in our webpages here, and also in our Local Societies and Groups page.

Viking stones missing from Darlington church

The attention of all CBA North Members is drawn to this recent press release by Durham Constabulary that was issued this afternoon. If you can help in any way please see the contact details at the end of this message;

POLICE are investigating the possible theft of three nationally-important early Medieval sculptured stones from the remains of a church on the outskirts of Darlington.

All Saints Church in Sockburn, which is to the south of Neasham and near the border with North Yorkshire is a national monument and a rare surviving example of a pre- and post-Norman Conquest church site and graveyard.

It contains a rare collection of late 9th and 10th century Viking sculptured stone, unrivalled in the country.

The church discovered the loss of the items last week and notified police, but it’s thought they could have gone missing at any point since September 2015.

The three items missing are;
• a well-preserved fragment of a carved bear’s head, possibly from a hogback –  a Viking grave marker – dating to the 9th or 10th centuries which measures 24.5cm at its widest;
• a fragment of Viking runic inscription which translated means “in memory of Mael-Muriel/…raised cross”, also dating to the same period,  21cm x 18cm x 9.5cm
• and a fragment of a Medieval cross slab carved with a small sword, measuring 43cm x 13cm.

The officer in the case, PC Simon Hopper said; “These items have significant historical value and might have been taken by someone with a genuine passion in this field who thought they could be better preserved elsewhere.

“It could also be the case they have been removed by someone who thought they would look nice in their garden and did not realise their value. But of course there is also the obvious possibility they have been stolen for potential monetary gain.”

Carol Pyrah, Planning Director for Historic England in the North East said: “We are extremely concerned about the loss of these early Medieval stones not only because they are works of art in their own right but also because of their contribution to the significance of this nationally-important archaeological site.

“We will continue to work with the owner and the police to raise awareness of their loss and hopefully to expedite their recovery.”

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Durham said; “The removal of these important artefacts is of great concern. We would ask anyone who has any information that would lead to their safe return to come forward and contact the police as soon as possible.

“Many of our churches both open and closed, as in this case have items of historical importance and making them available to our communities is clearly part of our open door policy. However, that is no excuse for the wanton removal of any items as this is a crime which affects the whole community.”

The collection of stones was catalogued in 1905 and then again in 1984 when they were added to the ‘Corpus of Anglo Saxon Sculpture’.

Anyone with information on the missing artefacts is urged to call police on 101 or to contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Forgotten Minerals” Conference

A one day North Pennines Mining Conference will be held on Saturday 14th May 2016 at St John’s Chapel Town Hall, Market Place, St John’s Chapel, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1QF. This is being organised as a joint conference by the Friends of Killhope (FOK) and the Nenthead Mines Conservation Society (NMCS).

Everyone is invited to attend and offer short or long talks or presentations about recent research about mining in the North Pennines.

If you are interest in offering a talk, please contact either Margaret Manchester (FOK Chair) 01388 731131 mmanchester@hotmail.com or Peter Jackson (NMCS Chair) 01388 527532 petesmine@gmail.com.

Speakers including Brian Young, Peter Jackson, Tom Gledhill, Peter Tyle and Bill Heyes are already arranged, but further offers of more talks are welcome.

There is a delegate fee for the event which is £12.50 includes lunch and refreshments. Further details and links to make an online booking for the event can be found on the Friends of Killhope website.

Durham World Heritage Site lecture series – 30th Anniversary Celebrations

The next lecture of the Durham World Heritage Site lecture series will be “Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site: 30 Years of Challenges, Responses and Change in a Cultural Landscape” by Sarah Simmonds, who is World Heritage Site Co-ordinator for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. A poster is attached here giving a quick overview of the lecture.

This lecture will be on Monday 21st March, 6pm, in Room PG20 of the Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham. The lecture is free of charge, but as places are limited, booking is necessary.

Sarah is one of the two coordinators who make up the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Coordination Unit. Before working in World Heritage Site management in the UK she worked abroad in development and education as a specialist in capacity building for the UN in East Timor and Afghanistan and before this with VSO in Indonesia. Sarah has worked for almost a decade as a World Heritage Site coordinator developing a special interest in partnership working, participatory management planning, community engagement, landscape scale strategies and planning policy. She has a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage from the Institute of Archaeology at UCL.  Her dissertation focussed on the issues and ethics related to the engagement of international agencies with local cultural projects in Ethiopia. Her most recent challenge has been writing the first joint World Heritage Site Management Plan for Stonehenge and Avebury which was published in 2015.  She has been  a member of the ICOMOS-UK Executive Committee since 2014.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.

Please reserve your place by writing to the organiser at raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk or contact the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre using the contact details below. (If possible please would you let me know if you intend to attend the drinks reception too, for catering purposes).

I am looking forward to seeing you at the lecture.

Kind regards,

Raffaella Aliprandi
WHSVC Lecture Series Organiser
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
7 Owengate
Durham
DH1 3HB
Email: raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk 
Tel: 0191 334 3805

Morecambe Bay Landscape Partnership events this week

CBA North members might be interested to hear of two events in the south-west of our CBA Region being run by the Morecambe Bay Landscape Partnership.

On Wednesday is the Morecambe Bay Partnership Conference 2016 which is being held at The Platform, Old Station Buildings, Marine Road West, in Morecambe from 10am to 4.30pm. Donations of £12 for individuals and small organisations or £25 for large organisations are suggested to cover costs and include a hot lunch. Please book your ticket(s) online by following the link.

The programme of this day includes;

  • Putting Morecambe Bay on the Map, Susannah Bleakley, Morecambe Bay Partnership
  • Septic tanks, sewage and sexy vegetables – selling sustainability – Chris Dessent, Creative Concern
  • Morecambe Bay’s fishermen’s stories – Jenn Mattinson, Morecambe Bay Partnership
  • Walduck’s Wall  – Simon Williams, Morecambe Bay Partnership
  • Morecambe Bay Birds – Chris Lumb, Natural England
  • Gleaston Castle, New Insights in 3D – Dan Elsworth,  Greenlane Archaeology & Adam Stanford,  Aerial-Cam
  • North West Coast Connections – Robert Powell, National Grid
  • AGM

We want to welcome as many people as possible, so if £12 is simply too expensive for you, please ask us for one of the limited number of concessionary places.

Alternatively, you can book at ticket, via the link above and send the partnership a cheque – payable to ‘Morecambe Bay Partnership’ and send to The Factory, Castle Mills, Aynam Road, Kendal LA9 7DE.

Meanwhile on the next two weekends are Understanding the Bay: Documentary Research Training for Volunteers days at the Victoria Hall, Grange-over-Sands, from 10am to 4pm where the partnership is looking for volunteers to help research some of the Bay’s most intriguing archaeological sites. If you’re keen to help out, please sign up for these training courses, which will give you the basic skills that you need to help on our project.

It does not cost to be involved in these days, but spaces are limited, so please book you space on this series of workshops here. This work will be to help investigate and collect historical and archaeological information about sites around Morecambe Bay focusing on Hampsfell Hospice (Grange), Kirkhead Tower (Kents Bank) and the maritime heritage of the Cartmel Peninsula.

We are looking for volunteers to help investigate the historical background to these sites. We’ll provide you with the skills required to access archaeological/historical records and documentary evidence during these two training days in March. A volunteer profile has been written for you to find out more about what you are signing up for.

Once you’re fully trained, we hope that you will carry on and help us to research the sites, with support from our training team. This will include further research and drop in sessions during Spring/Summer 2016.

Please note that the session on Saturday 12th March includes an afternoon site visit. Access to the Council Chamber, Victoria Hall is on the first floor and is accessed by a flight of steps. Should this cause a problem for potential volunteers please contact us.