CBA North News
The CBA North region is a huge one and one of many different contrasts – coastal and inland, urban and rural, lowland and upland, as well as of district, county and unitary authorities.
Here we bring you news from two different locations from almost the very limits of our region in the very north and very southwest.
Looking further ahead we also bring news of a conference coming up in September at Durham but covering the larger region – perhaps that has the right idea in calling us all Northern Britain?, but therein at times a further contrast with parts both inside and outside the Roman Empire.
CBA North Committee
In north Northumberland we hear that the local group TILLVAS have an exhibition of their recent researches. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during July from 11am – 4pm in ‘The Poultry Shed’ at Heatherslaw Mill will be a display of old maps, documents and photographs for the Branxton and Crookham area.
This includes details of progress made on the Village Atlas whose events we have previously covered in our blog and website. There is no admission charge to the exhibition and an invitation to all is extended by TILLVAS to call in.
Morecambe Bay Events
Louise Martin of the Headlands to Morecambe Bay Partnership has written to us highlighting a range of events and training opportunities later this month. These cover parts of the bay that are in CBA North and North West regions (in Cumbria and Lancashire respectively);
As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Headlands to Headspace Scheme we have a number of great FREE training opportunities coming up in July at Cockerham Sands, near Thurnham. These archaeological training events are being held as part of our wider ’Bay Archaeological Festival’ programme celebrating the Festival of Archaeology (16th to 31st July) which is outlined at http://www.morecambebay.org.uk/events/bay-archaeology-festival. I am hoping lots of people in the local community and beyond get involved, helping us explore and record the past of this interesting area.
Firstly, we have the opportunity for people to get to grips with archaeological geophysical survey and join us on a comprehensive training course delivered by experts from Archaeological Services Durham University. Starting on the evening of the 25th July at Thurnham Village Hall participants will be part of an evening workshop detailing the theory and methods behind the techniques. The following two days will involve on site survey, using a variety of techniques to explore what might be buried beneath the soil. The site we are looking at it situated between Cockersand Abbey and a WW2 Observation Tower, so there is potential to locate both military and possibly earlier remains. There is an optional follow up session on the morning of 28th July, back at Thurnham Village Hall, where we will be looking at how data is processed and analysing the results. Spaces are limited on this great opportunity and early booking is recommended. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bay-archaeology-festival-geophysical-survey-training-at-cockerham-sands-tickets-25997629610 for details.
Working alongside a team from Manchester Metropolitan University we will also be exploring the WW2 heritage of this area, which was used for RAF training. The team from MMU will take participants through the processes involved to research the historical background to a site, before making a permanent record of the Observation Tower using a variety of building recording techniques including photogrammetry. These training workshops will be held on 26th and 27th July and compliment the geophysical survey work. Again places are limited and early booking is recommended. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bay-archaeology-festival-military-heritage-recording-at-cockerham-tickets-26145045535 for details.
Both opportunities are suitable for those interested in knowing more about archaeological research/recording or people wanting to enhancing their archaeological skills. No experience is necessary and we will provide all equipment.
If you wish to know more about these opportunities or the wider FREE programme of the Bay Archaeology Festival, please do not hesitate to contact me.
H2H Cultural Heritage Officer
Morecambe Bay Partnership
Mobile: 07760 881581
Office: 01539 734888
Edge of Empire Conference
Andrew Tibbs, a postgraduate at Durham University, has sent us details of this conference in coming up in September.He writes that the call for papers has been extended as there are a few slots left for speakers and that registration for the conference is also now open and can be made through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/edge-of-empire-researching-northern-roman-britain-tickets-25658901465.
Regular Local Group Events
There are four lectures in the regular local group series to come this month;
16 July – ‘Created for those who had been living on the desert like jackals’: Nebre and ‘his’ Libyan fortress, Glen Godenho [NEAES]
20 July – The Culley Brothers, Steve Pullan [TILLVAS]
27 July – Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Roman Wall; your heritage in our hands, David McGlade [SANT]
30 July – 2000 Years of Hungate, Toby Kendall [ARCH & ARCH]
Remember details of each of these local groups can be found through our website (on the Local Societies and Groups page) if you would like further information contact details as to venues and times.