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The Willington Waggonway and two conferences – events this week

CBA North News
Events continue thick and fast!

With autumn quickly changing to winter our announcements change to notices and events summarising work carried out of previous projects and this year as well. This week’s events follow that trend, so here is a reminder of two events we’ve previously noticed, as well as a third in Scotland, which might be of interest to you.

We already have details for 2018 events from some of the local groups. If you would like to send round details of your group’s events for what is the most read of our emails at the start of the year for everyone else to see, please feel free to send them on.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
13.11.2017

The Willington Waggonway

The Arbeia Society Conference

Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Archaeology Conference
Here’s another event also happening on Saturday which might also be of interest.

The programme for this day can be found here. Online bookings can be made here.

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Wear-based archaeology next week

CBA North News
Today quick news of two events which may be of particular interest to those in the Sunderland and County Durham area.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
20.10.2017

North Hylton Community Archaeology Dig
This is an opportunity for both adults and children to take part in fieldwalking, trial trenching (small test pits for children) and finds washing. No experience is necessary, training will be provided by professional archaeologists from Wardell Armstrong and all equipment will be provided.

The purpose of the work is to investigate the cropmark visible above on aerial photographs. This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The archaeological work will run from Monday 23rd October until 3rd November. Volunteers can attend for as few or as many days as they wish, but they do need to book a place. If you are interested please contact;

Frank Giecco     fgiecco@wardell-armstrong.com

Norman Kirtlan     sunderlandsforgottenstones@gmail.com

Further information on the project can be found at Sunderland’s Forgotten Stones website here.

The Durham River Wear Assemblage Project
Also next week is a lecture on finds from the Durham River Wear Assemblage Project.

Further information on the project can be found on here in the pages of the Department of Archaeology, Durham University.

Constantinople to Cumbria: another mix from CBA North

CBA North News
Some more information for you with notices of future events – in particular on Tuesday next week whether your interests are in Constantinople or in Cumbria. We aim to provide as much archaeological information as we can to you. If you are seeing this and not a CBA North member why not join us or let us know of any archaeological events you are running?

More news and information next week – enjoy the Heritage Open Days weekend in the meantime.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
08.09.2017

The North West Regional Research Framework
Mike Nevell and Rachael Reader send us notice of a series of events in connection with the North West Regional Research Framework – CBA North Committee are involved in this project, as well as parallel North East one, on your behalf. Contributions from members and local groups in Cumbria, or other north western interests, are particularly welcomed.

CBA North Committee have reviewed our progress to the original North West Archaeological Research Framework which our sister organisation CBA North West produced; feel free to let us know your thoughts on how we are doing well against the targets set of us.

Rachael writes:

There is still time for you to book your free space on the Early Medieval and Later Medieval period review workshop, for the North West Regional Research Framework for the Historic Environment Update Project (NWRRF for short) and become one of the first to influence the knowledge and direction of this significant project.

NWRRF is designed to provide an overview of current archaeological knowledge in the North West of England and to identify where the most significant gaps lie and how this may best be addressed. The North West region covers the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, and contains the Lake District National Park.

Funded by Historic England, this is a two year project has been designed to update and widen the scope of the original North West Regional Research Framework project which concluded in 2007. This endeavour is being coordinated jointly by the University of Salford’s Centre for Applied Archaeology, ALGAO North West, CBA North West. You can keep up to date or get involved with the project either by regularly checking the latest blogs at  https://archaeologynorthwest.wordpress.com/about/ or by following @cbanorthwest on twitter or visiting the CBA North West facebook pages or the Centre for Applied Archaeology facebook pages.

Our workshop availabilities are;

Early Medieval 12th September 2017 – Penrith – 10.30-13.00
Medieval – 12th September 2017 – Penrith – 13.30-16.30
Post Medieval – 25th September 2017 – Liverpool Museums- AM TBC
Industrial – 25th September 2017 – Liverpool Museums- PM TBC
Prehistory – 19th October 2017 – Chester Cathedral – AM TBC
Roman – 19th October 2017 – Chester Cathedral – PM TBC
Built heritage – 2nd November 2017 – University of Salford, Greater Manchester – 14.00-17.30

If you are interested in contributing your knowledge at one or more of these workshops please contact Penny Dargan-Makin (p.r.d.dargan-makin@salford.ac.uk) asap to reserve your place. Once your place has been confirmed I will email you with the period chapter review, the maps, bibliographies, and the research objectives to become familiar with in preparation for the workshop.

With kind regards

Rachael

Constantinople’s water
The Newcomen Society is a national society interested in the history of engineering and technology. Unsurprisingly there is a regional branch in the north east with particular interests in our region. They hold a regular series of talks – some of which are occasionally more archaeological, with this first one they open their series this season.

Details of the regional branch’s more archaeological talks will be added to our Events page on the website soon, though we already have a poster for their November talk which we’ll seen out nearer the time.

Last minute announcement of TAS talk tonight

CBA North News
A quick posting to our Members and Followers to notice that the Teesside Archaeological Society’s lecture tonight – only announced last night – will be Durham’s Museum of Archaeology and its Collections by Gemma Lewis, at Stockton Central Library as per normal for the group. Details for the group can be found in our Local Societies and Groups webpage.


Part of the exhibition and activity space at the Durham Museum of Archaeology

Details of other events to come, as normal are on our own website’s pages, whilst another five days remain of the Festival of Archaeology this year. We would be interested to hear what our Members and Followers are up to over this period – both from organisers of events, as well as in what others have visited. As ever feel free to get in contact with your archaeological news. for others to hear of.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
25.07.2017

CBA North’s Event: a reminder

CBA North News
We hope that CBA North’s members and followers have been enjoying the spread and range of events across the CBA North region in the past week. There are still, however, many April events still to come; that includes our own CBA North event for which there is still time to book up.We will be circulating a summary of the workshop discussion part of the day soon after the event. If you are unable to attend, but would like to contribute to the Conference/Workshop please send those in as soon as possible.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 10.04.2017

CBA North’s Own Event – a final call for booking up

This is the last email call for booking up at our own CBA North event on Saturday, 29th April 2017. You still have some time to book a place for you or others of your local group/s. We have circulated the details to a number of other local groups, but please feel free to circulate this email further around your contacts as well. We are keen that everyone that may be interested can come along to what will be both an interesting and entertaining day.

People do not have to be CBA National or CBA North members in order to attend.

Here are the short and long links that you can circulate around your group if you are having difficulties forwarding the email and sharing the blog post onwards. You can also use the Forward to a Friend link that can be found on the left hand side of this email as well. Our website opens with details for the day as well where the page includes a Word downloadable booking form here.

We will send out an acknowledgement to all those who have booked places during next weekend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

CBA North’s Event: Summarising and Sustaining

CBA North’s 2017 Event: Summarising and Sustaining: A Conference/Workshop

This email gives you all the details and forms for our own CBA North Conference/Workshop.

It includes the announcement and invitation, programme and booking form for our own CBA North event on Saturday, 29th April 2017. In this page, and on our website page here, we have also provided downloadable versions of the documents in case you would like to circulate them around your own local groups and contacts, as well as to fill in and book yourself.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 14.03.2017

The Announcement and Your Invitation
Dear Member/s,

A FREE event to be held at Newcastle University, Saturday 29th April 2017.

  • You are invited to participate as a Member of CBA North.
  • Group Members should appoint their own official representatives for this day (more especially for the workshop part).
  • We would be grateful if individual and group members could circulate these details as widely as possible. ATTENDANCE IS NOT JUST RESTRICTED TO CBA NORTH MEMBERS BUT NUMBERS WILL HAVE TO BE CAPPED AT 60.
  • A booking form is included below. Again please feel free to copy and distribute this to anyone who might be interested in attending.

ABOUT THE DAY

  • A map of the Newcastle University campus can be found here – we will be meeting in the Number 22 of the second map shown.
  • The meeting will start at 9.30 am and will include morning and afternoon refreshments. Lunch is not provided. Please make your own arrangementsThe day will have two parts;

1) Summarising:

  • Invited speakers (see the Programme below) will update the meeting on community-based projects from all across the CBA North Region.
  • There will be opportunity for groups and individuals to bring display materials relating to recent and on-going work. (Please let us know in advance if you wish to do this).
  • The meeting will start at 9.30am, but displays can be set up from 9.00am.

2) Sustaining:

  • The second part is the Sustaining Workshop where we hope you will join in a full discussion about the future development of community archaeology and local archaeology groups in the region. What are the main challenges to sustaining community-based efforts? What makes a successful local archaeology group?
    YOUR VIEWS AND OPINIONS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT HERE!
  • The discussion will be chaired by Paul Frodsham, who will be known to many for his innovative work in developing community archaeology projects in the region
  • CBA North is keen to hear what you feel that the organisation should be doing to help in sustaining local groups and building the local network.
  • CBA North will capture the main themes and elements of this discussion for future circulation to individuals and group members.

Please return your completed booking form to CBA North by 14 April 2017 if you wish to attend. If you are unable to attend but wish to make comments please use the form working to the same deadline. I hope you will join me in what promises to be a most interesting day!

Best wishes,

Richard Forster
CBA North Chair, 14.03.2017

Programme
MORNING: We want people to share information about the current state of community archaeology in the region through a series of 20 minute ‘snapshots’ by project members and organisers, relating to some of their recent and ongoing project work.

AFTERNOON: Our aim is to facilitate a wide ranging and open discussion, where those active in community archaeology can share experiences relating to areas such as funding, project development and completion, and organisational and sustainability issues.

MORNING PROGRAMME: (Chair: Dr. Rob Young)
9.00-9.25 Registration and display set up.
9.25-9.30 Introduction: Richard Forster, Chair CBA North.

9.30-9.50 ‘Down with the kids……’ How do we involve children in Community Archaeology? Dr. Jane Webster, Newcastle University YAC Branches Leader.
9.50-9.55 Questions

9.55-10.15 ‘Altogether Archaeology’- Building a Community of Practice in the North Pennines’. Mike Powell/Tony Metcalfe, Altogether Archaeology.
10.15-10.20 Questions

10.20-10.40 Landscape Survey North of Hadrian’s Wall: The work of the ‘Tynedale North of the Wall Archaeology Group’. Phil Bowyer, Tynedale North of the Wall Archaeology Group.
10.40-10.45 Questions

10.45-11.05 Roman Papcastle and Medieval Abbeytown: Working with the HLF in Cumbria. Mark Graham and Joanne Stamper, GRAMPUS Heritage and Training.
11.05-11.20 Coffee and Questions

11.20-11.40 Flodden 500 Community Project: An EcoMuseum ApproachJane Miller, Education and Outreach Officer, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.
11.40-11.45 Questions

11.45-12.05 ‘Headlands to Headspace – Celebrating Morecambe Bay’s Heritage’. The Role of Community Archaeology. Louise Martin, H2H Cultural Heritage Officer.
12.05-12.10 Questions

12.10-12.30 ‘Mills and Border Roads: Coquetdale Community Archaeology in Action’. Chris Butterworth/David Jones, Coquetdale Community Archaeology.
12.30-12.45 Questions

12.45-13.05 ‘Interpreting PEREGRINI’. David Suggett, Community Engagement and Interpretation Officer Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership.
13.05-13.10 Questions

13.10-13.45 LUNCH (Please make your own arrangements – The conference room will be open if you bring your own lunch)

AFTERNOON PROGRAMME: 
13.45-14.05 The CBA North: Challenges for the Future. Richard Forster, Chair CBA North.

The afternoon session will be chaired by Paul Frodsham who will also give a lead into the afternoon ‘Workshop’ by discussing his own, wide, experience of organising community archaeology projects.

Coffee will be available from 14.00 so that we can have ‘refreshments’ as we talk.

WORKSHOP: (Chair: Paul Frodsham, Oracle Heritage Services)

14.05-14.25 The ‘Lindisfarne Experience’ of Crowd Funding: A Viable Alternative for the Future? Dr. David Petts, Durham University.
14.25-14.30 Questions

14.30-15.10 ‘So You Want to Organise a Community Archaeology Project?’…. Some do’s, don’ts and general suggestions. Paul Frodsham, Oracle Heritage Services.

15.10-16.30 OPEN FORUM

USING PAUL’S INTRODUCTION, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO SHARE IDEAS, PICK THE SPEAKERS BRAINS, OFFER YOUR OWN SOLUTIONS TO ISSUES LIKE RECRUITMENT AND KEEPING GROUPS ACTIVE AND TOGETHER. THE FLOOR BELONGS TO YOU!

IN ADDITION TO ANY POINTS RAISED BY PAUL IN HIS INTRODUCTION, SOME AREAS FOR DISCUSSION MIGHT INCLUDE:

Fieldwork: methods, training and equipment
Does your group do fieldwork? How do you identify what fieldwork you do? What numbers of members get involved? What equipment do you have or need? What might you share with other groups (knowledge, skills and/or experience)? What training do you want/need? Do you use research frameworks or have your own?

Sponsorship and grants
Do you apply for sponsorship and grants? What do you apply for and who do you apply to? Does your society/group give grants? How are these assessed, and for what are they given? What sums are available? What conditions do you have?

Publication, reporting and archives
What organisation do you report your work? How do you do it? Does your group produce archives? What form do they take and where do they go? Do you produce printed matter? What are your thoughts to electronic publication and/or digitisation? Do you have an existing publication? How regularly is this produced? Where is this taken? Does your group take on archives?

Membership, committee roles and succession plans
What are your membership numbers like? Up, down or steady? What is your proportion of ‘young’ members? Where do you see your group in 5, 10 and more years? Do you have committee roles vacant? What are these? Why are these vacant? Is there any help that other groups can offer? How does the group promote itself? Does the group use social media?

Building the network
What is CBA North doing for you? What would you like to see more of (as an individual or a group)? What and where are the gaps in our coverage? How do we achieve a better network of local groups? What would you like to see CBA North doing? Is there a role for a regional group at all?

BUT THIS LIST IS NOT INTENDED TO BE PRESCRIPTIVE!

CBA North Committee will capture the key points of the discussion with a view to circulating them to those interested after the event. We hope that you enjoy the day!

Booking Form
We will need you to book places for attending this event – this will help us in circulating the workshop discussions later. You can print out and fill in the booking form below, before sending it back into us at cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org.

We have put another format of this form, as a .pdf file, with the other documents onto our website on our Conference/Workshop 2017 website page here, in case you are having problems with printing out this version which you can also fill in and send back to us. We have also attached a Word booking form for you as well here.

Further events around the CBA North region next week

CBA North News

Events continue at speed all across the CBA North region. Tonight sees the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle’s lecture on Medieval manuscripts whilst you’ll need to be quick to book by the end of this week for the Lancaster University Archaeology Forum for the first March weekend if your interests are more in the northwest of our extensive region.

We, like those manuscripts, also aim to illuminate you. In our case of what is happening across the North coming up soon. Next week, also coming at speed, covers the end of February and start of March means events of the Teesside Archaeological Society at the start of the week, the Till Valley Archaeological Society mid-week and also of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland in the weekend as well as the Forum just mentioned.

We have details of each and all below for you to take your pick in attending. Enjoy!

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 22.02.2017

Lancaster University 44th Annual Archaeology Forum
This year’s conference includes a number of talks that may be of interest to CBA North members interested in Cumbrian archaeology. These span the archaeological periods of Roman and Medieval on particular sites across Cumbria (Maryport’s temples and Furness Abbey, in further sites in the Duddon Valley and on an early archaeologist of the Urswick area) as well as talks on drones, LIDAR and the Portable Antiquities Scheme in long-standing projects spanning the CBA North and North West regions.

You will need to be quick to book. Details of the day, including further talks, can be found online here with links to the booking system and a map for the venue itself.

Dance of Death
The mystery of our earlier email ‘The Varied Landscapes Of The CBA North Region (And Beyond)’ sent to you on the 12 February is now explained by our group member the Teesside Archaeological Society as explained by David Errickson their Chair. The next lecture, as usual the last Tuesday of the month – the 28 February – at Stockton Library at 7.30 pm, is Death and Discovery.

This lecture will be by David Dance, now a freelance archaeologist, who will discuss the use of archaeology in forensic investigation, exploring the origins of forensic archaeology and its application in criminal investigations of missing or suspected dead persons, with a practical demonstration of forensic archaeology in action.

Further details of the group, and of the speaker, can be found online through the links of their website, accessible through our own webpage in our Local Societies and Groups entry.

The next TillVAS lecture
Later that week is the next TillVAS lecture. With thanks to Maureen Charlton, their Secretary, details are given in their poster below.

Whilst Coldingham might be outside the already large CBA North region there are many Early Medieval and Medieval connections of the various religious houses here to those within CBA North which this lecture might well cover.

(If one looks at the past then suggestions have been made to include the south of Scotland with the north of England at times – not just in the 1470s, but also in the 1970s a suggestion was made to increase the CBA North region!).

Architectural and Archaeological Society lecture
Our email of the 12 February included notice of an open day in Yorkshire following investigations of a Roman road linking with our region. Belinda Burke, Secretary of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, another of our group members, sends us details of their next lecture which looks at another site connected by a Roman road – this time Dere Street – to our region.

Clashing dates and Future CBA North events
The 4 March, as we have covered today and in previous emails to you, will be a busy day – the Peregrini (covered in the 12 February email) and Lancaster University Conferences at opposite sides and ends of the region, in addition to the lecture immediately above, as well as CBA North Committee meeting in the morning. It is one of those days with lots clashing!

The agenda for the CBA North Committee will be finalising details for our own events with the dates we have already sent you as 29 April and 20 May – hopefully no clashes for those with anyone else, but if you don’t tell us we don’t necessarily know.

Save those dates if you can!