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CBA North news this week

CBA North News
We’ve a few announcements in this email for you from a variety of sources. Firstly there is a CBA National survey which is anticipated as an up-to-date summary of all local archaeological groups across England and Wales, some further details of the Teesside Archaeological Society, reminders of other events from Appleby to Berwick, via Newcastle and Crookham, this and next month, as well as a note about the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations.

If you would like to submit anything, or indeed for the next CBA North Committee, please feel free to do so. The contributions and thoughts of all Members and Followers are most welcome at any time.

Much of our admin work behind the scenes over the next few weeks will be preparing things for the General Data Protection Regulations. We will make it as painless and easy for you as possible, but we can’t ignore it as the law.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee

CBA National’s Community Archaeology Survey
CBA North members may remember the work of our former Secretary Suzi Thomas with CBA National back in 2009 and 2010. This provided a baseline of all archaeological groups which was published in 2010. Debbie Frearson, now at CBA National, has written to give us and therefore you details of a fresh survey;

“The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) has launched a survey about archaeology volunteering. We want to find who out takes an active part in community archaeology and what kind of things you get involved with. Most importantly we’d like to know about the kinds of additional support you need to thrive and how the Council for British Archaeology might be able to help you. The last time we asked you about this was 10 years ago and a lot has changed since then! We would appreciate it if you could distribute this email to your members, the survey can be completed by a representative of a group or an individual.

The CBA brings together the interests of a wide range of people and organisations involved with archaeology in the UK. This includes commercial archaeologists, those working in local authorities, museums or other parts of the archaeological heritage sector; universities; community archaeologists and volunteers. We will use the results from the survey, which has been funded by the Headley Trust,  to help shape the work of the CBA over the coming period and better tailor the support we, and others, can offer to community archaeology.

Click here to start the survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CBA_Community_archaeology_2018. The survey closes on Thursday 29 March 2018.

Thank you for your help.

[If you would like a copy of all survey questions so you can discuss and debate your answers between your local group’s committee, please let us know and we’ll see if we can forward one onto you. Since the last survey a number of new local groups have formed, so this survey will be very useful as an up-to-date summary of what is happening and where. Please forward this email or the survey link on to others!].

Tonight’s TAS talk
Teesside Archaeological Society’s monthly talk, tonight, at Stockton is Chris Casswell of DigVentures. He will be talking on a series of excavations across, adjacent and related to sites in CBA North-land. His title is Lindisfarne to Lancaster: Community-based Excavations in the North of England (and a bit of Scotland).

This talk will look at a number of excavations – from a Bronze Age barrow to Medieval village – that have happened, most notably at Lindisfarne, as well as one to come this year in Scotland related to Durham and Lindisfarne. As normal for TAS events this will be at Stockton Library at 7.30.

Other events to come in March and April 2018
As we are in the last week of March and an Easter break close at hand for many here is a quick snapshot of what is happening across CBA North-land from our Events page for the end of March and start of April. Just today we have also have updated this page with all the TAS events planned as well.

28 March – A frontier and community in transition: the Tungrian Vindolanda, Andrew Birley [SOCANTS]

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]

Looking further ahead we also have heard of one group’s 2018 to 2019 programme already!

Further details are through our website pages for the groups, the times and venues of these meetings. We hope you can get along to them!

General Data Protection Regulations
We will shortly be writing to all members about these changes which are very important for how we contact you. This means some changes to our Social Media and Digital Information Policy which was adopted in 2016, which are largely tweaks that Committee are working through.

In the meantime we have some notes from CBA National highlighting what local groups need to do and as a possible template for your group. If there is a demand from our local group members, then we might look to hold a meeting for you on this before the end of May deadline. Let us know if you would be interested in this.

Or if your group ahead of the pack, then let us know so we can highlight your work to others of the CBA North network.

Our CBA North alphabet of archaeology continues: N and O

CBA North News
Today our CBA North alphabet of archaeology continues with the letters N and O. Taking the N’s we have a pair of articles describing recent work by CBA National on their projects the Local Heritage Engagement Network (LHEN) and Home Front Legacy (HFL) with which we have been involved. We also have brief notices of other open days – one tomorrow – for the First Linthaugh excavations, near Ford in Northumberland, which we also noted last year, as well as of others at Dilston Castle, which we’ve previously covered.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee

Local Heritage Engagement Network

More on the LHEN project can be found online here.

Open Day 1: First Linthaugh excavations
Members and Followers will recall we covered Dr Edwards talk at the Kirknewton Archaeology Festival on the Neolithic of the Milfield Basin last year. This year his excavations have continued at the north of the area at an adjacent enclosure. Here is a poster giving you a taster of what has been found so far.

The site is just to the south of Ford Bridge and the junction to Crookham on the B6354 and will be signposted.   Parking is permitted in the Fisherman’s Car Park  and on the grass verges, close to the track through to the dig on the opposite side of the road.   Please park sensibly and take care when crossing the road.

Home Front Legacy
It was back in August 2015 that we worked with CBA National to provide a training day for this national project in Durham, whilst readers may have also heard of the recent listing of the Stockton eavesdropping wireless station and many of the World War One war memorials across our region. Here is some news on what is happening in August for the project.

More details on this project can be found here.

Open Day 2: Dilston Castle and Chapel
Members and Followers may also be interested to take up this offer to visit Dilston Castle the seat of the ill-fated Jacobite Derwentwater family.

Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 25 April 2015

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Council for British Archaeology North

                                                                     c/o The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle

                                                                                        Great North Museum: Hancock

                                                                                                                     Barras Bridge

                                                                                                        Newcastle upon Tyne

                                                                                                                             NE2 4PT


11 April 2015

Dear Friends,
Re: Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 25 April 2015

I am writing to invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Council of British Archaeology North region which will be from 10.00am on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the Literary and Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE. Details of the venue can be found at http://www.litandphil.org.uk/visit.shtml.

The business part of the meeting will begin promptly at 10.30am where the agenda below will be dealt with. We extend our invitation to everyone with an interest in the history and archaeology of the area covered by CBA North, even though you may not be a member of CBA North or National CBA. We would welcome any of your thoughts at this meeting though for clarification you would not be able to vote for any of the matters of the AGM business of CBA North.

This year we have invited some local archaeological societies to report upon their work during 2014 to everyone else in an informal manner. We will be hearing from the Border Archaeological Society (BAS) and Coquetdale Community Archaeology (CCA) who have carried out a range of activities in Northumberland, before a tour of the ‘Lit and Phil’s’ extensive and diverse library. If there are sufficient numbers we may well reconvene for further possible events in the afternoon.

I would be most grateful if you could let me know whether you will be attending the meeting by filing in the attached booking form and returning it to our new address above, or by emailing me at cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org by Saturday 18 April as we need to know numbers for refreshments and the tour of the library, as well as for anything further in the afternoon. Please feel free to circulate this notice.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Elliott, Secretary CBA North
Council for British Archaeology North AGM 2015 Agenda
Registered Charity Number 1098854

NOTICE is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Charity to be held at the Literary and Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 25 April 2015 at 10.30 am precisely for the following purposes:

1          to receive and consider the final accounts for the year ended 31st March 2015

2          to receive and consider the annual report for the year ended 31st March 2015

3          in the notification of new committee members

4          CBA North Advocacy

5          any other business notified to the Chairman at least seven days in advance of the meeting or business from the floor

6          local archaeological society talks and displays


By order of the committee
Richard Forster
CBA North Chair
Dated 19 March 2015

1. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over is entitled to vote at the AGM. Organisational members are entitled to one vote and should appoint a representative to vote on their behalf.

2. Any member of the charity aged 18 and over who is entitled to attend, speak and vote at the above mentioned meeting may appoint a proxy to attend, speak and, on a poll, vote instead of that member. A proxy need not be a member of the charity.

Booking form:
Name: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Address: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Telephone: ………………………. Email address: ………………………………………………………

Please clearly indicate ALL those of the following that apply to you or your group:


  • I will be attending the CBA North AGM on 25 April 2015 (if for a group please say which)……………………………………………………………………………..
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 25 April 2015 and wish to nominate the Chair as my proxy
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 25 April 2015 and wish to nominate ………………………………………………………………………. as my proxy
  • I will not be attending the CBA North AGM on 25 April 2015 and do not wish to nominate a proxy
  • I would like to contribute something to the local archaeological society talks and displays (if you have any specific requirements please let us know)


  • Let us know if you would like any refreshments (e.g. tea and/or coffee) which will be £1.50 per person. We need will numbers in advance for this and for the tour so please indicate the numbers required below:

Refreshments …………………………………Tour ………………………………………

CBA Winter General Meeting

The CBA’s Winter General Meeting will take place on 2 March 2015 at the British Academy in London with a forum on the way forward for community archaeology.

Join us at the British Academy in London on 2 March for the Council for British Archaeology’s Winter General Meeting as we shine a spotlight on community archaeology.


CBA Local Heritage Coordinator- Vacancy

CBA Local Heritage Coordinator

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and engaging communicator with excellent influencing and negotiating skills to play a significant role in supporting the protection of the UK’s historic environment through community engagement and direct action.

You should have a demonstrable awareness of cultural diversity, local planning frameworks, neighbourhood planning, and the localism agenda, and experience of working with community groups.

The postholder will develop a UK-wide network of effective local advocates for the historic environment and local authority archaeology services, focusing initially on England, that becomes self-supporting at a local level, but which feeds wider issues up to the CBA for support, national advocacy and action as appropriate.

Working closely with community-focused CBA colleagues and networks, the Local Heritage Coordinator will integrate with and enhance our voluntary engagement strategy across our activities by:

  • Understanding the existing heritage service resources at a broad local level and establishing successful strategies for local engagement;
  • Building connections with partners and other groups to share intelligence and develop a Local Heritage Engagement Network (LHEN), working with the CBA Groups’ network and CBA organisational members;
  • Developing an online community and local heritage engagement toolkit;
  • Developing a representative, strong and sustainable network, using the toolkit to engage local communities in advocating for, and protecting local authority archaeology and conservation services that guide planning decisions their heritage.

Apply for this post

This is a full-time role (35 hours per week), with a three-year contract, based in York.

Salary c £26k plus generous pension scheme and holiday entitlement and flexi-time. Flexible working arrangements considered for the delivery of the role.

Closing dates for applications: midnight Friday 28 November 2014. Interviews will be held 11/12 December 2014.

Application is by letter with associated CV and CPD log (if available).

All job applicants will be required to fill in an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form, in accordance with the CBA’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

The CBA has policies on diversifying participation in archaeology (PDF 160KB), recruitment of ex-offenders (PDF 175KB) and the handling and storage of disclosures (PDF 180KB).

Reminder: Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 26 April 2014

Notice of CBA North Annual General Meeting, Saturday 26 April 2014

I am writing to give you notice of, and to invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting which will be held at 11am on Saturday 26 April 2014 in Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral, Durham DH1 3EH, sponsored by Durham World Heritage Centre.

The meeting will begin promptly at 11am to be followed by a short update on CBA North activities by Chair, Chris Burgess.

There will then be a break for lunch. The Cathedral’s Undercroft Restaurant serves a lunchtime menu. Alternatively there are plenty of other eateries in the town centre.

After lunch there will be a guided walk around the historic buildings of Palace Green led by Dr Pam Graves, Senior Lecturer at Durham University and Archaeological Consultant to the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral. Pam is currently involved in a project to record and analyse the buildings of the former Prior’s Lodgings, including the medieval graffiti in the former Prior’s Chapel.

The event will close at around 2.30pm.

I would be most grateful if you could let me know whether you will be attending the meeting/walk by filling in the attached booking form and returning it to the address above, or emailing me at cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org .

Yours sincerely,

Jennifer Morrison, Secretary, CBA North


AGM Letter, Booking Form and Agenda

Protocol for CBA North advocacy