Monthly Archives: October 2016

Durham WHS events this week

Join us in Celebrating Durham World Heritage Site’s 30th Anniversary this November!

“What Makes Durham World Heritage Site Great”– 2nd-30th November, WHS Visitor Centre, an exhibition showcasing the 30th anniversary photo postcard competition winning entries.

Heritage at Risk – A public debate, Friday 4th November, 5pm, Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral, with colleagues from across the world. Free event. Booking Required.

Lecture by local historian John Grundy – “Saints and stones: the rich and varied joys of Durham” Saturday 5th November, 7pm in the Cathedral.    £5-00, Booking Required.

Family Fun Day – Sunday 6th November. Join us for family events and activities across the World Heritage Site, including:

  • Stonemason demonstrations in the Visitor Centre
  • “Come and Sing” Scratch choir for 7 to 13 year olds and concert in the Cathedral
  • Tours of Palace Green with our Young Heritage Ambassadors
  • Children’s trails and activities in the Cathedral
  • Children’s activities in Palace Green Library

We still have places for our WHS Anniversary Conference “The Stories Within the Stones – Intangible Heritage” 4th to 5th November.  Booking Required.

BOOKING:
For more information and booking, visit thewebsite at Durham World Heritage Site and click on the orange banner, pop into the WHS Visitor Centre on Owengate or contact Jane Gibson.

Future workshops and events

CBA North News

The events of the summer continue apace. Even in the last weeks of October and November we have notice of further events you might be interested in attending. All of the information included this time involves more opportunities for active involvement in recording, preserving and presenting, as well as discovering the varied past across our region.

As the end of the year approaches CBA North’s Committee is keen for local groups to promote to everyone else what they have been doing through the course of the year. We already have contributions from the Appleby Archaeology Group and the Arbeia Society, as well as notice of the recent publication of Northern Archaeology by the Northumberland Archaeological Group. If you would like to send something in please feel free to do so. There are no word limits, the opportunity to include pictures as well as links to your own society in what we can send out.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
23.10.2016

Defending the Teesside First World War Building Recording Project

Please follow the World War One building recording programme link for a copy of the form which you can download, complete with your details and send on if you are interested.

Events this week
There are two local group meetings this week.

On Tuesday night the Teesside Archaeological Society hosts Dr Becky Gowland of Durham University at Stockton Central Library whose talk begins at 7.30pm. Her talk Children of the Revolution draws upon her work with skeletal remains of children in the North of England during the Industrial Revolution, demonstrating health stresses in both urban-based and rural children. Surprisingly, higher-than-expected rates of health stress were found among rural children: possibly related to the relocation of pauper children from workhouses, to apprenticeships in rural-based Northern mills.

The following day the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle hold their annual public lecture as usual at the Curtis Auditorium of the Herschel Building, Newcastle University, where Nick Owen of the Northumbria Gardens Trust will talk on Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick: the three Northumberland landscapes of Capability Brown. This talk beings at 6.00pm.

Managing Places of Worship
We’ve been sent notice of this November training event by Historic England. Please follow the link, or feel free to contact Sophie direct, if you would like further details of the day.

Dear All,

Historic England is running a free 1-day course, Managing Places of Worship, which is aimed at church wardens, volunteers and others directly involved in managing Places of Worship (see attached flyer below). We will be discussing understanding significance, maintenance and adaption in order to sustain the historic building for the future.

If you are interested, please do use the following link to sign up for this course https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-historic-places-of-worship-north-east-registration-25400996063.

Please note that this course is not aimed at heritage professionals, but at people directly involved with Places of Worship. Therefore, please do forward this invitation to any interested colleagues. It has been circulated quite widely, so apologies for any cross posting.

Thanks
Sophie

Sophie Norton
Training Delivery Officer
Research Group
Direct dial: 0161 242 1404 Mobile: 07342 064752

Brightwater Landscape Project
Joanne Norman of Groundwork North East & Cumbria writes of this project which is a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme headed by Durham Wildlife Trust. The aim of the scheme is to restore and celebrate the natural, built and cultural heritage of the catchment area of the River Skerne which includes Northern Darlington, Barmpton, Newton Aycliffe, Brafferton, Bishop Middleham, Sedgefield, Fishburn, Bradbury, Mordon, Sadberge and Heighington.

Groundwork are undertaking a Learning, Training and Volunteering Study to ascertain what demand there is in the catchment area for training and volunteering and information on its natural and built heritage. Community groups, heritage organisations, landowners, site managers and training providers are asked to complete a pair of surveys to help us build up a picture of what is required in the Brightwater Landscape area and we would like to hear from Local History Societies and environmental organisations in particular, who may be interested in volunteering or training within the heritage field – as natural heritage, built heritage, cultural heritage or local history.

There is an additional survey on the demand for information about the built, natural and cultural heritage of the area. If you or your members could comment on this it would give us some extremely valuable information, plus if you would like to put your group forward to get involved in the project there is the opportunity to indicate this in the questionnaires below.

It is anticipated that there will be opportunities for local communities to research their local history, take part in oral history projects or archaeological digs. Volunteering opportunities will be available in river or wildlife surveys, helping to restore and manage wetland and grassland nature reserves or helping to improve cycle and walking routes. There will also be cultural events and competitions which local people can get involved with. More information about the World War One building recording programmeproject can be found here, whilst the questionnaires can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3DX9VJ2 and https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/35KFRYZ.

Disappointing news for CBA North Members and Followers: the ending of A-Level Archaeology

The Archaeology course, together with that for Classical Civilisations and History of Art A-Levels, will not be offered by the education charity the AQA.

CBA North is very disappointed by this, which we believe to be a blow at a time when the sector is seeking to increase opportunities for young people to practise archaeology. The themes of the course, as with those of the other courses mentioned, were revised, and well received, last year as part of a Government consultation which makes this decision particularly disappointing.

CBA National has issued a note giving further details of the situation, including a response from the AQA, which can be found at http://new.archaeologyuk.org/news/aqa-cuts-a-level-archaeology-from-curriculum.

An online petition has been set up calling for a reprieve of the subject and Members are asked to give consideration to adding their signature. The petition can be found at https://www.change.org/p/aqa-save-a-level-archaeology. CBA North committee joins with partners in the wider archaeology sector to urge Government and the AQA to reconsider this decision in the light of the potential damage to the profession and withdrawal of opportunities for people of all ages of the benefits studying archaeology can bring.

Chris Jones
CBA North Deputy Chair, 20.10.2016

Defending the Tees

CBA North News

We’ve had various answers for the collective noun for the Roman archaeology conferences we sent you details of earlier this week – more suggestions are welcome!

Regardless of such trivial things the last email was one of our most read by 80 members (by members and who they passed it onto 235 at the last count). One of the reasons CBA North exists is to promote the work, events and activities of local groups across the area where themes, interests and information can be shared.

We have already been passed details for events in to 2017 by the Appleby Archaeology Group and the Till Valley Archaeological Society, and, as the start of this year, aim to send out a 2017 listing in January. Make sure your group’s programme is included as this tends to be the most read email and retweeted notice of the year! The news of what local groups have been up is also welcomed.

Short notice but there are events this weekend, as well as Monday, across the region and across all archaeological periods.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
14.10.2016

Defending the Tees

October 2016’s calendar of regular society events
3 October – Depicting the Dead: an insight into craniofacial analysis for forensic identification and archaeological investigation, Dr Eilidh Ferguson [BAS]
8 October – Death on the Nile: Uncovering Lives and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt [NEAES]
9 October – Bosworth 1485, Dr Glenn Foard [TILLVAS]
12 October –  Excavations at Derwentcote: a Study in Nineteenth Century Worker’s Housing, Rob Young [NAG]
13 October – Mapping the Medieval Landscape of Cumbria, Dr Caron Newman [APPLEBY]
16 October – David Dippie Dixon Memorial Lectures: William Boyd and Controversy as well as Neanderthal Hunting and animal avoidance strategies, Professor Mark White [CCA]
19 October – The archaeology of St John Lateran and the transformation of Rome from Septimius Severus to Constantine, Professor Ian Haynes [ARCH & ARCH]
25 October – Children of the Revolution, Dr Becky Gowland [TAS]
26 October – Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick: the three Northumberland landscapes of Capability Brown, Nick Owen [SANT]

Details as to times and venues for all these events can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page (‘https://cbanorth.wordpress.com/local-societies-and-groups/‘) of our website.

A cohort of conferences?

CBA North News

What is the collective noun for Roman archaeology conferences? Is it a cohort, a century or merely a collection?

Fortunately it is not a clash as the three such conferences happen this and next month on separate days and at separate locations. Two are based in our CBA North region, with one of the talks covering sites in our neighbour’s CBA Yorkshire territory. Meanwhile an event within CBA Yorkshire territory also covers topics of our area which we think might be of interest to you.

The Romans and Hadrian’s Wall, like it or loathe it, are one of the defining features of our region’s archaeology and here to stay for a bit more it seems. In between those the regular meetings of our own group members also continue on. This week talks are on Post-Medieval Derwentcote in County Durham, Medieval Cumbria and a pair of lectures on even earlier Neanderthal hunting.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
11.10.2016

Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum

Tickets to the conference are £12.00 and can be obtained from the Queens Hall box office. They can be contacted through the email address boxoffice@queenshall.co.uk or by ringing 01434 652477.

Romans and Natives in Central Britain
 
October 2016’s calendar of regular society events
3 October – Depicting the Dead: an insight into craniofacial analysis for forensic identification and archaeological investigation, Dr Eilidh Ferguson [BAS]
8 October – Death on the Nile: Uncovering Lives and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt [NEAES]
9 October – Bosworth 1485, Dr Glenn Foard [TILLVAS]
12 October –  Excavations at Derwentcote: a Study in Nineteenth Century Worker’s Housing, Rob Young [NAG]
13 October – Mapping the Medieval Landscape of Cumbria, Dr Caron Newman [APPLEBY]
16 October – David Dippie Dixon Memorial Lectures: William Boyd and Controversy as well as Neanderthal Hunting and animal avoidance strategies, Professor Mark White [CCA]
19 October – The archaeology of St John Lateran and the transformation of Rome from Septimius Severus to Constantine, Professor Ian Haynes [ARCH & ARCH]
25 October – Children of the Revolution, Dr Becky Gowland [TAS]
26 October – Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick: the three Northumberland landscapes of Capability Brown, Nick Owen [SANT]

Details as to times and venues for all these events can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page of our website.

The Arbeia Society Conference
Those fans of Roman small finds, and in particular of dragonesque brooches, who have seen the Dales Landscape Heritage group’s logo above will perhaps think of South Shields for where a similar one has been found. That, as well as being a Roman conference itself, leads us nicely into the announcement – kindly sent to us by Paul Bidwell – of another annual conference, that of The Arbeia Society, whose poster is given below.

Short notice of these events this week

CBA North News

Some short notice of other events happening this week for you here. Contact details for these events are given for responding directly with the organisers. Notices of other events will come your way, as planned, later in the month as well.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
05.10.2016

Historic Gardens of Durham

This talk is Friday and is organised by the Bow Trust. If you would like to attend please RSVP to membership@thebowtrust.co.uk – non-members will be asked to make a small donation to cover catering costs.

Exploring Classical/Historical Northumbria: a programme of trips

Dear everyone,

Throughout 2016/17 we shall again be running a series of trips exploring Newcastle and the surrounding area: often asking “What’s Classical about Newcastle and Northumbria?” but also exploring the area’s considerable and colourful post- (and occasionally pre-) classical history. Costs are kept low: travel is normally by public transport (generally very good value) and for most sites free entry will be arranged, often under special educational group schemes.

This year’s programme will include star attraction Hadrian’s Wall (twice!), Wallington Hall, Alnwick, Warkworth & Brancepeth Castles, Hexham and many others, including hopefully Holy Island/Lindisfarne (tides permitting!)….

For a few glimpses of what the trips are like, you can have a look at the following web-page:

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/students/studentlife/ExploringNorthumbria.htm

Our first trip is *this coming Sunday*, 9th Oct., to Arbeia Roman Fort at South Shields: details to follow.

Programme for term 1:
1. **Sunday 9th October**: Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields (afternoon)
Details to follow, but briefly: depart Haymarket Metro 12.30 p.m., return c. 5 p.m.

2. Sunday 23rd October: Wallington Hall (afternoon)
•       fine Palladian country house and gardens (partly designed by Capability Brown) reflecting the neo-classical ideas and ideals of the 18th century;
•       under Lady Pauline Trevelyan, 19th-C focus of an intellectual and artistic circle who left their mark in the remarkable painted Roman-style atrium at the heart of the house, and also in English literature and in the radical liberal politics of the day;
•      impressive house interior – including collection of model armies and fully-furnished dolls’ houses!

3. Sunday 13th November:  Hadrian’s Wall 1: Walltown Crags and Greenhead (all day, returning late afternoon/early evening)
•       An introduction to the Wall: a circular walk along one of its most dramatic stretches from Walltown Quarry.  Wet weather alternative in Roman Army Museum!
•       Greenhead village and ruins of Thirlwall Castle with its legends of buried treasure and a magical dwarf!

4. Sunday 27th November:  Brancepeth castle and church (afternoon)
•       Impressive stronghold dating from pre-Norman times, home to the powerful Neville family (of Warwick the Kingmaker fame); not normally accessible to the public, but open on this occasion for a Christmas craft fair!
•       historic church, gathering point for ill-fated 16thC ‘Rising of the North’.

5. Sunday 4th December (provisional):  Hexham town and Abbey (afternoon)
•       Hexham: historic town with striking medieval buildings and links to a major battle in the Wars of the Roses
•       Impressive Abbey dating back to c. 674 AD, with original Saxon crypt constructed from recycled Roman stones.

To come in terms 2 and 3: in progress, but including:

Hadrian’s Wall 2 (May Day Bank Holiday Monday)
Bamburgh
Alnwick
Warkworth
Hopefully (tides permitting!) Holy Island/Lindisfarne

Details are circulated by e-mail, on the website and via social media as the term goes along.  Everyone is welcome including friends from other Schools or even outside the university.  You can just turn up on the day, but it is useful for me to have a rough idea of numbers, so when you receive news of each trip please do e-mail me in advance if you are definitely interested.

With all best wishes,
(Dr) S. Phillippo

Please contact Dr Phillippo direct through her email address susanna.phillippo@ncl.ac.uk if you are interested in attending any of these events.

October 2016’s calendar of regular society events
3 October – Depicting the Dead: an insight into craniofacial analysis for forensic identification and archaeological investigation, Dr Eilidh Ferguson [BAS]
8 October – Death on the Nile: Uncovering Lives and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt [NEAES]
9 October – Bosworth 1485, Dr Glenn Foard [TILLVAS]
13 October – Mapping the Medieval Landscape of Cumbria, Dr Caron Newman [APPLEBY]
16 October – David Dippie Dixon Memorial Lectures: William Boyd and Controversy as well as Neanderthal Hunting and animal avoidance strategies, Professor Mark White [CCA]
19 October – The archaeology of St John Lateran and the transformation of Rome from Septimius Severus to Constantine, Professor Ian Haynes [ARCH & ARCH]
25 October – Children of the Revolution, Dr Becky Gowland [TAS]
26 October – Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick: the three Northumberland landscapes of Capability Brown, Nick Owen [SANT]

Details as to times and venues for all these events can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page (‘https://cbanorth.wordpress.com/local-societies-and-groups/‘) of our website.

Putting flesh on the bare bones of history

CBA North News

Another month has all too quickly passed by, but all that means is another month of lectures and events to look forward to as well. This email is something of a bumper issue of notices for forthcoming events – kicking off on the 3rd with others again in the forthcoming weeks. Once again these are spread across the region, and a bit further beyond, dealing with subjects and locations familiar as well as distant in time and space.

As of yesterday’s Committee meeting it was thought that if anyone, or any local groups, would like to report their own news or announce their forthcoming events to a wider audience across the whole of the CBA North region, please send us such information and material (ideally with a picture or two).

We already have notices of other further events in October, as well as two events – outside of the usual society regular events – for November (which we will aim to send out later this month).

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
02.10.2016

Depicting the Dead
Lectures put flesh on the bare bones of history – and this one of BAS does more than most.

Dr Eilidh Ferguson studied Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee before a PhD in juvenile facial identification. She is currently working as a postdoctoral research assistant studying adult facial identification from photographic images and is a Royal Anthropological Institute certified forensic anthropologist involved in forensic casework both in the UK and abroad.

The region is very familiar with anatomical and osteoarchaeological research as the illustration from William Greenwell’s British Barrows shows.

Death on the Nile
Death is also the subject of the North East Ancient Egypt Society’s mini-study in Durham next Saturday, 8 October, as well. In this case a series of three speakers will be dealing with coffin types and decoration. See the NEAES website for more details. This is free to members, but for non-members this will be £5.

Bosworth 1485
The full reconstruction of an archaeological battlefield may, however, be a little way off yet. However the rediscovery of one – Bosworth in Leicestershire – itself is the subject of the next Till Valley Archaeological Society lecture next weekend.

IA Rhouses

The work in relocating this battlefield, previously thought known, is very like TillVAS’s own involvement in the Flodden500 project. Details for booking a place at this lecture are given above, but visitors are welcome to any of the other TillVAS regular lectures to December that are already listed in our Events website page.

Resuming regular local society lectures
Hard on the heels of these events the lectures of the Northumberland Archaeological Group (NAG) resume in Newcastle on the 12th October when Rob Young will talk on ‘Excavations at Derwentcote: a Study in Nineteenth Century Workers’ Housing’, whilst the first of the Appleby Archaeology Group when other local fieldwork ‘Mapping the Medieval landscape of Cumbria’ by Dr Caron Newman will be the following day in Appleby.

The further events of these both these groups – in the case of the Appleby Archaeology Group up to April 2017 – can also be found in our Events (‘https://cbanorth.wordpress.com/events/‘) page of the website.

October 2016’s calendar of regular society events
3 October – Depicting the Dead: an insight into craniofacial analysis for forensic identification and archaeological investigation, Dr Eilidh Ferguson [BAS]
8 October – Death on the Nile: Uncovering Lives and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt [NEAES]
9 October – Bosworth 1485, Dr Glenn Foard [TILLVAS]
13 October – Mapping the Medieval Landscape of Cumbria, Dr Caron Newman [APPLEBY]
16 October – David Dippie Dixon Memorial Lectures: William Boyd and Controversy as well as Neanderthal Hunting and animal avoidance strategies, Professor Mark White [CCA]
19 October – The archaeology of St John Lateran and the transformation of Rome from Septimius Severus to Constantine, Professor Ian Haynes [ARCH & ARCH]
25 October – Children of the Revolution, Dr Becky Gowland [TAS]
26 October – Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick: the three Northumberland landscapes of Capability Brown, Nick Owen [SOCANTS]

Details as to times and venues for all these events can be found in our Local Societies and Groups page of the website.