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January 2019
2 January – History of Ford Castle, Paul Thompson [TILLVAS]
7 January – In Situ underground remains in UK mines, Chris Twigg [Cleveland Industrial Archaeological Society]
10 January – Member’s Evening and AGM [APPLEBY]
14 January – The Personal Memories of a Farm Manager, Peter Calder [Lowick Heritage Group]
16 January – The Must Farm pile-dwelling: archaeological investigations of a Bronze Age Fenland settlement, Iona Robinson Zeki [LUNESDALE]
16 January – Excavations at Star Carr: new light on an old site, Dr Chantal Conneller [NAG]
19 January – The Finds Liaison Scheme for Durham, Darlington & Teesside, An update of the Holwick 2018 excavation, and Holwick finds and those from other sites in the Tees Valley, Ben Westwood, Martin Green, and Tony Metcalfe respectively [ALTOGETHER]
19 January – The Battle of Brunnenburh – near Durham?, Dr David Shotton [ARCH & ARCH]

24 January – North Eastern World War One Aerial Photography by Gladstone Adams, Keith Newman [Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]
26 January – Social Maps of the Late Egyptian Period (664-332 BC), Elena Tiribilli [NEAES] 

29 January – AGM and The Last Three Years at Vindolanda, Marti Alberti [TAS]
30 January – Northumberland and its names c. 1860 – New light from the Ordnance Survey Name Books, Diana Whaley [SOCANTS]

February 2019
4 February – The Paxton Waterwheel: restoration of an 18th century water supply system, John Home-Robertson [BAS]
6 February – Operation Nightingale, Alexander Sotheran [TILLVAS]
6 February – AGM and presentations [TYNEDALE]
7 February – The first season’s work at Linbrig, John Nolan [CCA]
11 February – Holy Island lifeboats, Linda Bankier [Lowick Heritage Group]
11 February – Viking age Cumbria, Fiona Edmonds [LUNESDALE]
12 February – Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd, Dr Miles Oglethorpe [NEWCOMEN]
13 February – Archaeobotany and urban environments – cesspits and sanitation in Medieval England, Don O’Meara [NAG]
14 February – Investigating lead tokens from Holm Cultram Abbey, Kate Rennicks [APPLEBY]
23 February – Nationalism and Archaeology: Excavating Romania’s Roman Past, Emily Hamscan [ARCH & ARCH]

26 February – Recent Research on the Bombardment of the Hartlepools, World War I, Mark Simmons [TAS]
27 February – Excavations at Derwentcote: An Analysis of Nineteenth Century Workers’ Housing, Rob Young [SOCANTS]
28 February – Sir Vincent Riden – Last Chief Mechanical Engineer of the North Eastern Railway, Andrew Everett [Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]
February – title and speaker to be announced [NEAES]

March 2019
4 March – Animal Bones in Roman Britain (title to be confirmed), Dr Jim Morris [BAS]
6 March – Bronze Age Burials in N.E. England and S.E. Scotland, Dr Chris Fowler [TILLVAS]
11 March – Deserted Medieval Villages of North Northumberland, Allan Colman [Lowick Heritage Group]
11 March – Stone circles, rings and mounds in Cumbria, Tom Clare [LUNESDALE]
13 March – Excavations at Berk Farm round mound, Isle of Man – the story so far, Dr Chris Fowler [NAG]
14 March – The Work of the Cumbria Vernacular Buildings Group, June Hill [APPLEBY]

16 March – AGM and Exploring North Pennine Place Names, Diana Whaley [ALTOGETHER]
16 March – Deir el-Medina revisited: latest work and discoveries from a site thought to be well known, Cedric Gobeil [NEAES]
20 March – Seven hours, a rubber dingy and a shipwreck: the search for Nova Zembla, Matthew Ayre [NAG]
23 March – Cresswell Pele Tower: From Reivers to Ruins to Restoration, Barry Mead [ARCH & ARCH]

26 March – Buildings of the Historic Core of Skelton, Robin Daniels [TAS]
27 March – Public and private in a domestic context: The underground spaces of the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii, Thea Ravasi [SOCANTS]
28 March – Aspects of the industrial infrastructure on Holy Island, Roger Jermy [CCA]
28 March – Kenton Wartime Bunker; Past, Present and Future, John Mabbit & Russ Charnock [Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]

April 2019
1 April – The Enigmatic Trusty’s Hill: Royal Capital of Rheged, Dr Chris Bowles [BAS]
3 April – AGM and An Update on the 2018 Mardon Excavation, Richard Carlton [TILLVAS]
8 April – Lowick Races (Horses, Bikes and Athletics) and the Lowick Feast 19th-20th centuries, Julie Gibbs and cast [Lowick Heritage Group]
8 April – Mediaeval village landscape in Cumbria, David Johnson [LUNESDALE]
9 April – Cold War to Coal Trains – TOPS, British Railways’ First Computer Train Operating System, Johnathan Aylen [NEWCOMEN]
10 April – A History of Alnwick Castle Gardens as revealed through excavation and building recording, Jenny Proctor [NAG]

11 April – A Roman bath house at Stanwix, Frank Giecco [APPLEBY]
11 April – The Eslington Sword, Prof Sam Turner [CCA]

24 April – Magnificent Women and the Revolutionary Machine; The extraordinary individuals who founded the Women’s Engineering Society in 1919, Henrietta Heald [SOCANTS]
25 April – Annual General Meeting and Chairman’s Choice [Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]
27 April – Long Meg and her Daughters, Paul Frodsham [ALTOGETHER]
27 April – Living in Harm’s Way: Further reflections on the development of Hornby Castle, Wensleydale, Erik Matthews [ARCH & ARCH]

May 2019
1 May – Vikings in Scotland: some close encounters of the museum kind, Trevor Cowie [TILLVAS]
8 May – AGM and From Nursing to Archaeology, Charlotte Roberts [CCA]
8 May – Henge Monuments and the enclosed cosmos, Pete Topping [NAG]

13 May – Lyres and spears: the hunt for poetries of the Northern Iron Age, Dr Graeme Lawson [BAS]
25 May – The Two Brothers, Roger Forshaw [NEAES] 

29 May – Recent fieldwork on Lindisfarne… shedding light on the early Medieval monastery, David Petts and Richard Carlton [SOCANTS]
May – AGM, title and speaker to be announced [ARCH & ARCH]
May – Hidden Monuments, Emma Watson, date and venue to be announced [TAS]

June 2019
3 June – Gods and heroes: public and private in Pompeian houses, Dr Thea Ravesi [BAS]
5 June – Riding West: Roman Cavalry Tombstones at Hexham & Beyond, Lindsay Allason-Jones [TILLVAS]
25 June – The Yarm Helmet, Chris Caple [TAS]
26 June – Paints and Pigments in the Past: colouring in the Roman Frontiers, Louisa Campbell [SOCANTS]

July 2019
13 July – Work in Thebes, Jose Manuel Galan [NEAES]
20 July – The Archaeology of Domestic Innovation in the Country House, Prof Marilyn Palmer [ARCH & ARCH]
31 July – From Women’s Rights to Human Rights: How the Struggle for the Vote Changed the World, Rosie Serdiville [SOCANTS]

August 2019
12 to 16 August – Ancient Egypt Summer School [NEAES]
28 August – The Past Beneath the Lawns; current excavations at Auckland Castle, John Castling and Chris Gerrard [SOCANTS]

September 2019
2 September – Whitby Abbey, Tony Wilmott [BAS]
4 September – The Bowl Hole Cemetery at Bamburgh, Graeme Young [TILLVAS]
14 September – Mapping the Khandaq Shapur: One of the Great Barriers of the Ancient World [ARCH & ARCH]
24 September – Rememorial WW1: Uncovering the Tees Valley’s experiences of the aftermath of the First World War, Dr Ben Roberts [TAS]

25 September – (Re)Discovering Ava: the Achavanich Beaker Burial project, Maya Hoole [SOCANTS]
26 September – The Cresswell Tower Project, Barry Mead [CCA]

October 2019
6 October – James IV Memorial Lecture: In the Land of the Giants – a journey through the Dark Ages, Max Adams [TILLVAS]
7 October – Carpow, Corbridge and Carlisle: Roman armour developments in Northern Britain, Dr Jon Coulson [BAS]
9 October – First Farmers in Neolithic Britain: new methods, new interpretations, Prof Peter Rowley-Conwy [NAG]
10 October – Appleby Moot Hall, Marion Barter [APPLEBY]
12 October – An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Church Architecture in Stone and Early Vernacular Buildings focusing on Medieval longhouses and their Post-Medieval derivatives, Alan Newham and Martin Roberts respectively [ALTOGETHER]
12 October – Micro-stories and Material Culture: Re-examining Medieval Castles, Dr Karen Dempsey [ARCH & ARCH]
12 October – My Favourite Things in the Egypt Centre, Carolyn Graves-Brown [NEAES]
13 October – David Dippie Dixon lectures: Exploring an historic townscape and its hinterland: Wallingford from Saxon to late Medieval, and Bell towers: origins, forms and functions, Prof Neil Christie [CCA]
14 October – Binchester Roman Fort, David Mason [LUNESDALE]

29 October – Rock Art of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg in South Africa, Aron Mazel [TAS]
30 October – The Manorial Documents Register For Northumberland, Sue Wood [SOCANTS]

November 2019
4 November – Recent Excavations on Iron Age Sites in North Northumberland, Richard Carlton [BAS]
6 November – The Crannogs of Loch Tay, Dr Michael Stratigos [TILLVAS]
7 November – Cocwudu: Ancient Woodlands and Frontiers of Central Northumberland, Max Adams [CCA]
9 November – Architectural Practice in North Eastern England, Dr Richard Pears [ARCH & ARCH]
11 November – The enclosures on Birkett Knott and Howe Robin, and the context of Early Neolithic enclosures in the north, Alistair Oswald [LUNESDALE]
13 November – AGM and Why Brockley Whins?, Gordon Moir [NAG]
14 November – The Railway Revolution, Les Turnbull [CCA]
14 November – Towton Battlefield Society, Chris Berendt [APPLEBY]
16 November – Funerary Evidence for Anglo-Saxon Children as well as Holwick Excavations and Finds, Rebecca Gowland, Martin Green and Tony Metcalfe [ALTOGETHER]

23 November – Annual Study Day and AGM: Seti I, Nicky Neilsen and other speakers to be announced [NEAES]
26 November – Annual Update of his archaeological work, Steve Sherlock [TAS]
27 November – Finding Ralph Taylor, Keith Wrightson [SOCANTS]

December 2019
2 December – The Bronze Age in Lowland Scotland (title to be confirmed), Dr Trevor Cowie [BAS]
4 December – Tracks through the Cheviots, David Jones [TILLVAS]
7 December – The Annual Elgee Memorial Lecture: Durham and Dunbar: Scottish Soldiers at Palace Green, Richard Annis [TAS]
9 December – Fairhaven Lake restoration project, Stephen King [LUNESDALE]
11 December – Christmas Event [NAG]
12 December – Research at Vindolanda, Rhys Williams [APPLEBY]
December  – Annual Members Meeting [ARCH & ARCH]

January 2020
8 January – William Cowe & Son, the home of the Berwick Cockle, Cameron Robertson [TILLVAS]
15 January – The Durham River Wear Assemblage, Gary Bankhead [NAG]

February 2020
5 February – Old Melrose, Margaret Collin [TILLVAS]
10 February – The North Pennines in the Early Middle Ages, David Petts [LUNESDALE]
12 February – Defending Brancepeth, Penny Middleton [NAG]

March 2020
4 March – A Policeman’s Lot, 1750 to 1950, Ian Roberts [TILLVAS]
9 March – Investigation of the Rusland Charcoal Industry, Rebecca Cadbury-Simmons [LUNESDALE]
11 March – Hidden in Plain Sight – Revealing the forgotten monuments of northern England, Emma Watson [NAG]

April 2020
20 April – AGM and Review of the High Carlingill Excavations [LUNESDALE]
Date to be announced – AGM [TILLVAS]

May 2020
6 May – The Salcombe Shipwreck, Dr Ben Roberts [TILLVAS]
13 May – Travels in Egypt, Peter Topping [NAG]

June 2020
3 June – Doon Hill Revisited, Prof Ian Ralston [TILLVAS]

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