In this page we’ve listed all the regular local society events that we are told or heard about – this does not stop them or others being noted closer to the time as well, or additions being made to the page. If you can’t see your local society’s programme here, please let us know if you want that adding in.

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Enjoy! As ever check with the local society concerned for any further details that you may need. Their details can be found on our Local Societies and Groups page. The date below gives you when this listing was last updated.


January 2018
3 January – Ford Westfield Farm in the 19th century, David Lockie [TILLVAS]
11 January – AGM and Members’ 20th Anniversary Talks [APPLEBY]
17 January – Geordies in the Alentejo (Fieldwork in Portugal 1986-93), Gordon Moir, [NAG]
20 January – The amiable Dr. Spence: sermons and gardens in mid-eighteenth century Durham, Martin Roberts [ARCH & ARCH]
25 January – Bodies of Evidence, Professor Tim Thompson [TAS]
27 January – Amasis, a true philhellene? Reconsidering evidence from Memphis, Claus Jurman [NEAES] Please note the new date!!
27 January  – Made of stone but built on sand: what now for rock art research?, Don O’Meara [TYNEDALE]
30 January – AGM and ‘Jowel, jowel and listen lad’: vernacular song and industrial archaeology, Dr Rob Young [TAS]
31 January – The Saint and The Devil: Saint Cuthbert and the Vikings, Max Adams [SOCANTS]

February 2018
5 February – Scotland’s early silver – from Roman bribes to Pictish bling, Fraser Hunter [BAS]
7 February – Northumbrian Earth, Ian Kille [TILLVAS]
7 February – AGM [TYNEDALE]

8 February – Travels of an archaeologist, Patricia Shaw [APPLEBY]
10 February – How can the study of place names help the archaeologist? and Early Medieval North Pennines, Prof Diana Whaley and Dr David Petts respectively [ALTOGETHER]

12 February – Title to be confirmed, Jamie Lund [LUNESDALE]
13 February – The Industrial Archaeology of the Infrastructure of Rocket Research and Missile Deployment, Wayne Cocroft [NEWCOMEN]

14 February – The Bedale Iron Age enclosure and Aiskew Roman villa: excavations ahead of the BALB bypass, Jenny Proctor [NAG]
15 February – The 2017 Excavations at Hepden Burn and Buckham’s Walls Burn, Richard Carlton & John Nolan [CCA]
17 February – Ancient DNA and Archaeology: deciphering human prehistoric migrations, Dr Eva Fernandez-Dominguez [ARCH & ARCH]
27 February – The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Co. Durham, Darlington and Teesside: Recent Finds of Note, Ben Westwood [TAS] CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER
28 February – Northumberland and its Names c. 1860 – New light from the Ordnance Survey Name Books, Diana Whaley [SOCANTS] CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER

March 2018
1 March – Bronze Age metallurgy, Ben Roberts [CCA] CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER

5 March – Whitby Abbey, Tony Wilmott [BAS] CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER
7 March – Early Bronze Age Practices in NE England and SE Scotland, Dr Chris Fowler [TILLVAS] CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER
8 March – Headlands to Headspace: the archaeology of the HLF funded Project on the heritage of Morecambe Bay, Louise Martin [APPLEBY]
12 March – Romano-British local supply to the Roman Army in the Northwest, Sue Stallibrass [LUNESDALE]
17 March – Altogether Archaeology AGM and AA’s 2017 investigation of the Well Head settlement at Holwick, Upper Teesdale and Scandinavian influences in the Tees Valley, Martin Green and others, as well as Liz Ryan [ALTOGETHER]
17 March – Dere Street – the archaeology of a Border Road, David Jones [ARCH & ARCH] Please note the new date!!
17 March – Late Palaeolithic Rock Art at Qurta in Egypt & The Old Kingdom Settlement at El-Kab: recent excavation and fieldwork, Dr Dirk Huyge & Dr Walter Claes [NEAES]
27 March – Lindisfarne to Lancaster: Community-based Excavations in the North of England (and a bit of Scotland), Chris Casswell [TAS]
28 March – A frontier and community in transition: the Tungrian Vindolanda, Andrew Birley [SOCANTS]

April 2018
4 April – AGM and an update on the Mardon 2017 excavations, Richard Carlton [TILLVAS]

9 April – Durham and the Battle of Dunbar: Identifying Scottish soldiers at Palace Green, Durham, Richard Annis [BAS]
11 April – The Peregrini Project: Excavations on Lindisfarne, Richard Carlton [NAG]

12 April – The Late Iron Age royal site at Stanwick, North Yorkshire: new perspectives, Professor Colin Haselgrove [APPLEBY]
20 April – Archaeology and the small finds of North-East England [Joint conference between the Finds Research Group, Durham University, the ARCH & ARCH and CBA North]
21 April – Spinning yarns and skinning rabbits in the later Medieval period: new contributions to the archaeology of religion, sexuality and daily life, Dr Eleanor Standley [ARCH & ARCH]
24 April – Piercebridge and the Romans in the North-East, Dr David Mason [TAS]
25 April – Scotland’s Law Lords v. Northumbrians Behaving Badly – a look at crossborder crime, Margaret Fox [SOCANTS]

27 April – Women in Roman Britain, Lindsay Allason-Jones [CCA]

May 2018
2 May – Scientific Study of Human Remains, Dr Kirsty McCarrison [TILLVAS]
9 May – Aircraft Crash Sites: their study and recovery, Jonathan Shipley [NAG]
12 May – AGM [ARCH & ARCH]

14 May – Finding a lost Lindisfarne Estate, Colm O’Brien [BAS]
19 May – Tell Timai and its Terracotta Figures, James Bennett [NEAES]
29 May – The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Co. Durham, Darlington and Teesside: Recent Finds of Note, Ben Westwood [TAS] Please note the new date of this!!
30 May – Tyne after Tyne: An Environmental History of a River’s Battle for Protection, Leona Skelton [SOCANTS] Please note the change of title!!

June 2018
4 June – title to be announced soon, Professor Jim Crow [BAS] Please note change of title and speaker!!

6 June – Place and Field Names of Northumberland, Professor Diana Whaley [TILLVAS]
9 June – Excavating the Mesolithic in the Western Isles of Scotland, Dr Stephanie Piper [ARCH & ARCH]
26 June – Boskin, Skelbus and Foddergang: Traditional Farm Buildings in the Yorkshire Dales, Jim Brightman, [TAS]

27 June – The North East Coast Exhibition 1929, John Griffiths [SOCANTS]
Date to be confirmed – Stone Carving, Mick Oakey [NEAES]

July 2018
21 July – Summer Lecture and Reception [ARCH & ARCH]
21 July – The Archaeology of Urban Life (and death) at Amarna, Anna Stevens [NEAES]
25 July – John Clayton: Excavator, Collector and Conservator, Frances McIntosh [SOCANTS]

August 2018
22 August – The Holystone Roman Road Dig 2018, Richard Carlton [Holystone History and Archaeology Group]
29 August – William Corbett’s bookshop: a seventeenth-century Newcastle bookseller and his books, Claire Boreham [SOCANTS]

September 2018
3 September – The Archaeology of the Archbasilica of St John Lateran and the Transformation of Rome from Severus to Constantine, Prof Ian Haynes [BAS]
5 September – Medieval Medicine and its use in the present day, Dr Brian Moffatt [TILLVAS]
25 September – talk and speaker to be confirmed, [TAS]

26 September – Collecting at Alnwick Castle: engraved gems in the collection of the Duke of Northumberland, Claudia Wagner [SOCANTS]
27 September – Spitfire Defender of the Skies, Ray Calboutin [Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]
29 September – Hidden in Plain Sight: Revealing the forgotten monuments of northern England, Emma Watson [ARCH & ARCH]

October 2018
1 October – The Phallus and the Frontier: the form and function of Phallic Imagery along Hadrian’s Wall, Rob Collins [BAS]
7 October – James IV Memorial Lecture: Henry VIII’s Mary Rose – from seabed to showcase, Dr Alex Hildred [TILLVAS]
10 October – Pineapples for the Prince Bishops!, Harry Beamish [NAG]
11 October – The Dark Age Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria and its links with Appleby, Dr Fiona Edmunds [APPLEBY]
13 October – Early Churches in the North Pennines, and Excavation of an Anglo-Saxon Church on The Heugh at Lindisfarne, Peter Ryder and Richard Carlton [ALTOGETHER]

13 October – Living Abroad: Small Finds and the Ramesside Town at Amara, West in Nubia, Manuela Lehman [NEAES]
14 October –  David Dippie Dixon Memorial Lectures: Conflict, Connubium and Collaboration: complex life in the Frontier Zone and Vindolanda: a frontier in transition, Dr Andrew Birley [CCA]
20 October – The Ebenezer Project: Recording the Nonconformist Chapels of the North East, Peter Ryder [ARCH & ARCH]
25 October – Holwick 2018: Results of this year’s excavations at the Well Head Medieval Settlement [ALTOGETHER]
25 October – Bronze Age Metallurgy, Dr Ben Roberts [CCA]
27 October – More Industrial Subjects  be Identified from the Ward Philipson Photographic Collection, Brian Tunnard [Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]
30 October – talk and speaker to be confirmed, [TAS]

31 October – The Great Wall Story – the way I have discovered it, William Lindesay [SOCANTS]

November 2018
3 November – There are no known Anglo-Saxon sites in the North West: an alternative view, and Digging at Sedgeford, Norfolk, David Johnson and Perry Gardner [ALTOGETHER]
5 November – The Earliest Farmers in Northwest Europe: recent advances in our understanding, Peter Rowley-Conwy & Kurt Gron [BAS]

7 November – The Roman Temples at Maryport, Professor Ian Haynes [TILLVAS]
8 November – The lost early medieval kingdom of Rheged, Ronan Toolis [APPLEBY]
10 November – Beyond Heartbreak Hill: Landscapes of the Great Depression in North England, Dr David Petts [ARCH & ARCH]
14 November – AGM and Multi-functional tools: a reassessment of Early Bronze Age battleaxes, Amber Roy [NAG]
15 November – Monuments of St. Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle, Dave Heslop [CCA]
17 November – Arbeia Society Conference 2018: Hadrian’s Wall before the Archaeologists [Arbeia Society]
22 November – Early Railway Research 2018, Les Turnbull [Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]

24 November – Annual Study Day: Temples, Cults and Rituals & AGM, Sarah Griffiths, Campbell Price and Penny Wilson [NEAES]
27 November – Heritage Lottery Projects: a report on the TAS Heritage Lottery Funded Projects in 2017: First World War Recording Buildings Project and Ice and Fire Eston Hills Project, Dave Errickson and Adam Mead, [TAS]

28 November – Brinkburn and Warkworth: a search for lost landholdings of St Cuthbert, Colm O’Brien [SOCANTS]

December 2018
1 December – Annual Members Meeting [ARCH & ARCH]
3 December – Plunging climate and tsunami impacts on the Mesolithic population of northern Britain, Clive Waddington [BAS]
5 December – Excavations at Derwentcote: a study in 19th century workers housing. 1856 at Derwentwater Forge, the oldest steel foundry in Britain, Dr Rob Young [TILLVAS]
8 December – Talk title to be announced and Christmas social event [ALTOGETHER]
12 December – Christmas Event [NAG]
13 December – Thorns – a deserted Medieval village at Ribblehead, Dr David Johnson [APPLEBY]

January 2019
2 January – History of Ford Castle, Paul Thompson [TILLVAS]
10 January – Member’s evening and AGM [APPLEBY]
16 January – Excavations at Star Carr: new light on an old site, Dr Chantal Conneller [NAG]
24 January – North Eastern World War 1 Aerial Photographs by Gladstone Adams, Keith Newman [Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]

February 2019
6 February – Operation Nightingale: how archaeology is used to assist in rehabilitation of disabled service personnel, Alexander Sotheran [TILLVAS]
7 February – Investigating lead tokens from Holm Cultram Abbey, Kate Renwick [APPLEBY]
13 February – Archaeobotany and urban environments – cesspits and sanitation in Medieval England, Don O’Meara [NAG]
28 February – Sir Vincent Raven: Last Chief Mechanical Engineer of the North Eastern Railway, Andrew Everett [Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]

March 2019
6 March – Bronze Age Burials in N. E. England and S. E. Scotland, Dr Chris Fowler [TILLVAS]
7 March – to be announced [APPLEBY]
13 March – Round Mounds of the Isle of Man Project [title to be confirmed], Dr Chris Fowler [NAG]
28 March – Kenton Wartime Bunker: Past, Present and Future, John Mabbitt and Russ Charnock[Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]

April 2019
3 April – AGM [TILLVAS]
11 April – A Roman Bath House in Stanwix, Frank Giecco [APPLEBY]
25 April – AGM and Chairman’s Choice [Tyneside Industrial Archaeology Group]

May 2019
1 May – Vikings in Scotland: some close encounters of the museum kind, Trevor Cowie [TILLVAS]

June 2019
5 June – Roman Cavalry Tombstones at Hexham and Beyond, Lindsay Allason-Jones [TILLVAS]


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