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Dear CBA North Members,

It has been some while since the last CBA North email news. As ever much has been happening behind the scenes and we have some end of the year things for you here. Our website pages, as well as below, now reflect the changes in committee following our August AGM in Newcastle; those who weren’t there missed an interesting meeting, as well as the following detailed, and excellent, tour of St Nicholas Cathedral, during the summer.

We have had some comments (with the preference for more ad hoc emails) to our last quick question of you our members in our last email, but all feedback is welcome at any other 2018 or 2019 time.

Our next email to you will be at the start of the New Year; we already have some news items in hand, but we would gladly welcome a few more for January.

Is this a Christmas card or caption competition?
In recent years we’ve had a series of suitably seasonal pictures showing some ridge and furrow earthworks in the snow, a mural from a church and last year the Kirknewton magi sculpture. This year’s offering is from your new Chair Don O’Meara, who took up office in August, noting it a Nenthead Christmas.

Whether you regard this as a Christmas card or ripe for a caption competition we wish you our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from all the CBA North Committee.

Events to come in 2019?
There are near 50 events listed ready for the 2019 events listing and our website Events page which we send on the link to at the start of the year. However we know that there will be more than this mere figure, including those events of some of our own group members. If you would like your group’s programme to be included, please let us know over the Christmas to New Year break. As ever the website page will be updated with fresh dates as we know of them.

Community Archaeology survey 2018; the results
One of our previous emails this year included a link to CBA National’s survey of all community archaeology groups; thank you to every who took the time to fill in this survey. The results are now out in CBA National’s CBA Research Bulletin number 6; this can be found online here.

The full report is 56 pages, but there are a number of headline recommendations and thoughts to;

  1. Create a central digital platform which gives clear and advice, signposting and guidance for community groups with a local and national collaborative space.
  2. Establish a learning and development provision at county level.
  3. Assess the logistics and viability of a bespoke accreditation scheme.
  4. Actively engage in partnerships which encourage diverse participation.
  5. Create a survey to provide comparable relevant data of younger age groups.
    If you have any thoughts or ideas on these recommendations – for CBA North and/or CBA National – for what we do in the future, please feel free to email us your views to cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org. We are progressing some ideas for 2019, but keen to know what you would like as well.

Archaeology for All Audience Development Surveys
Claire Corkhill has written to us about work associated with the current Archaeology for All campaign of CBA National. She writes and welcomes any responses to these surveys whether you are a CBA National to North member or not, CBA group member or not, that;

As I’m sure you’re all aware, the CBA recently received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we’re currently undertaking work that will help us become a stronger organisation for the future. As part of this we have developed a short survey to help us find out what people think of the CBA.

You can complete the survey as an individual and as a representative of an organisation and we’d encourage you to respond to both surveys. They only take a few minutes to complete but will help shape the future of the CBA.

You can access the surveys via the following link:
http://new.archaeologyuk.org/news/archaeology-is-for-all
Please could I also ask you to share the survey with your members.

Many thanks for your help and time.

Best wishes
Claire
Claire Corkill

Executive Administrator, CBA National

If you would like copies of the full questionnaires to have a look at to mull over or discuss your answers with others, before filling them in online, please feel free to get in contact with us.

 

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CBA North at CIfA and other conferences

Today the three-day long national conference of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) has begun in Newcastle upon Tyne. This conference has the overall title Archaeology: a global profession, with the themes of professionalism, protection and discovery. Further details can be found on the pages of the Institute here.

CBA North members are taking part as session organisers, speakers and, of course, in the audiences. We hope to bring you a round-up of this from a variety of perspectives on what people heard and saw. Members of CBA North Committee, also there, will be about working on your behalf there as well. For up-to-the-minute archaeological news and views from the conference please see this #CIFA2017 link.

There has already been one major national conference in the region – the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) – which this year was hosted by Durham University. If you were there and could provide a round-up for everyone else who wasn’t, please get in touch. We would like to carry further round-ups of other current and national archaeological events throughout the year; if you would like to volunteer to do such – or are organising an event large or small – please let us know. 

Our own Conference/Workshop is on 29 April as you all know. Our AGM preparations are also well advanced and we remind you the date to keep clear if you can is Saturday 20 May. This will also be in Newcastle this year and will be at the Great North Museum: Hancock. The details of this day will be with you soon.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee, 19.04.2017

Morecambe Bay training tomorrow and woodland archaeo-wanders

CBA North News

Our latest issue once again spans the variety of the CBA North region – this is not quite the last email of 2016 to you, as a further one is to come yet. Today’s issue has some last minute news of some training tomorrow and two further round-ups from local groups. (There is no system in play here – we move from the A of Appleby’s in the last issue to B’s this time with Bernicia and Border).

Again we span the geographical expanse of our region from Morecambe Bay in our southwest to the northeast in Northumberland for the varied field-based and recording work by the Bernician Studies Group, as well hearing what Berwick-based lectures the Border Archaeological Group have been enjoying during 2016 and what their members can look forward to 2017.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
19.12.2016

Morecambe Bay: training tomorrow (and other dates)
[Louise Brown of the Morecambe Bay Partnership has written to us giving details of some further training events with one tomorrow. You will recall that previous training has been in geophysical surveying carried out as part of the same project during the summer. Please contact Louise if you would like any further details, Ed.]

Hello,

As part of the Headlands to Headspace Landscape Partnership Scheme, currently being delivered by Morecambe Bay Partnership, we have arranged some further free training in documentary research for volunteers. The workshops have been organised for Kendal (20th December, 10th and 17th January), Arnside (7th and 14th January) and Barrow (28th January and 4th February). The training is hosted by Dr Richard Newman of Wardell Armstrong Archaeology (formerly the Cumbria County Archaeologist), is Bay themed and will introduce research techniques for desk-based archaeological study. We hope to get volunteers to contribute to desk-based reports focused on specific themes/topics as part of the training.

The link to our website for further information and booking a free place can be found here:

http://www.morecambebay.org.uk/events/understanding-bay-documentary-research-training

Kind regards
Louise Martin
H2H Cultural Heritage Officer
Morecambe Bay Partnership

Mobile: 07760881581
Office: 01539 734888
Follow us on Twitter: @H2H_Tweets

Local group round-up 1; If you go down to the woods today…
…but not for a picnic, you may learn about a possible ancient Northumbrian woodland boundary zone. Members of the Bernician Studies Group are looking at an area between Wansbeck and Coquet in Northumberland. We call the study Cocwudu, a name recorded in the History of Saint Cuthbert at the end of the 11th century. The word seems to be a re-formation of the river-name Coquet and Old English wudu, meaning woodland.

Place name elements such as Old English hryst, leah, sceaga and wudu, as in Coquetdale at Morrelhirst, Horsley, Lordenshaw and Witton, provide clues of a long-gone forested area.

During the last two years, members have checked many likely locations for plants which indicate ancient semi-natural woodland. We are noting the common ones such as Wood Anemone and Dog’s Mercury, and rarer ones such as Herb Paris and Toothwort. Most of these woodlands only survive in outlying places, along steep and inaccessible sides of streams and rivers. We look for evidence of woodland management in the past, such as pollarding and coppicing.

We are also studying historic township boundaries using the 1860s Ordnance Survey maps at the Literary and Philosophical Society library in Newcastle. We are also looking at the Brinkburn and Newminster Cartularies for evidence of Medieval arable and animal management, forests and hunting. Some members have been translating selected charters from Latin into English. Experts associated with Newcastle and Durham universities are guiding the work.

The Bernician Studies Group is closely associated with Explore, the Newcastle-based independent lifelong learning programme. Explore offers an exciting range of classes and lectures in philosophy, art, history and archaeology, literature, science and more, which are open to all. Their spring programme starts on 16th January 2017.

More information on the group can be found at www.bernicianstudies.eu.

Bridget Gubbins and the Bernician Studies Group
12.12.2016

Local group round-up 2; Border Archaeological Society
BAS have enjoyed an excellent programme of lectures during 2016. Beginning with Joanna Hambly, we learned about 150 years of documentation of the Pictish carvings at Weymss Caves before Chris Fowler of Newcastle University described Early Bronze Age Burial Practices in North East England and South East Scotland. We then had a tour of the Sahara with Tertia Barnett who spoke of the rock carvings to be found there. She was followed by Jeremy Paterson who described the Roman economy. Our last speaker before the summer break was Dr Jane Webster, founder of a Young Archaeologists Club in Newcastle speaking about the University’s work with young people. This was especially pertinent now that A-level Archaeology is to be a thing of the past*.

In September, Myra Giesen spoke about Mortuary Archaeology. She was followed by Elidh Ferguson of the Face Lab at Liverpool Sir John Moores University, stepping in admirably for Professor Caroline Wilkinson, who held the audience enthralled as she described how facial images are reconstructed from the skull*. Colleen Batey spoke with great knowledge and enthusiasm about Pagan Viking Burial in November. Professor Clive Bonsall wound up this year’s lecture series with a talk on his work on Mesolithic shell middens on the east coast of Scotland in the “Obanian Problem”.

In 2017, we welcome Fraser Hunter and Andrew Birley talking about the Celts and Vindolanda respectively. They are followed by Tatiana Ivleva talking about Iron Age and Roman period glass bangles. The following three talks are on local topics: Paul Gething on Bradford Kaims, Jenny Proctor on Needle’s Eye and Ian Kille on how the local geology has shaped its history. Andrea Dolfini will speak on reconstructed Bronze Age fighting styles followed by Richard Carlton on recent discoveries on Lindisfarne. Our President, Lindsay Allason-Jones somewhat enigmatically, will wind up the programme by asking whether Hadrian’s Wall is archaeological site or an artistic muse.

Josie McChrystal and the Border Archaeological Society
14.12.2016

[*As footnotes to this review, CBA North Members and Followers will recall that we earlier sent round notice of a petition for the reprieve of A-Level Archaeology during October; this was recently debated in Parliament, but the subject is not safe yet, see https://www.change.org/p/aqa-save-a-level-archaeology for an update. Furthermore the recent facial reconstruction of Robert the Bruce reported in the media – see https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/08/sprucing-up-robert-the-bruce-scottish-kings-face-gets-3d-treatment – was carried out using the techniques described in the lecture. All of which shows the value of local groups and their lectures, Ed.]

Further Contributions
[If others or other groups would like to contribute something to our newsletter emails please do so and send something in. Contributions are edited as little as possible and can include a few choice pictures – we don’t have to run in alphabetical order for the local round-up’s of the local groups – and we’ll publicise all the events known to us at the start of the New Year which is by tradition our most widely read email and circulated website page, Ed.]

Future workshops and events

CBA North News

The events of the summer continue apace. Even in the last weeks of October and November we have notice of further events you might be interested in attending. All of the information included this time involves more opportunities for active involvement in recording, preserving and presenting, as well as discovering the varied past across our region.

As the end of the year approaches CBA North’s Committee is keen for local groups to promote to everyone else what they have been doing through the course of the year. We already have contributions from the Appleby Archaeology Group and the Arbeia Society, as well as notice of the recent publication of Northern Archaeology by the Northumberland Archaeological Group. If you would like to send something in please feel free to do so. There are no word limits, the opportunity to include pictures as well as links to your own society in what we can send out.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
23.10.2016

Defending the Teesside First World War Building Recording Project

Please follow the World War One building recording programme link for a copy of the form which you can download, complete with your details and send on if you are interested.

Events this week
There are two local group meetings this week.

On Tuesday night the Teesside Archaeological Society hosts Dr Becky Gowland of Durham University at Stockton Central Library whose talk begins at 7.30pm. Her talk Children of the Revolution draws upon her work with skeletal remains of children in the North of England during the Industrial Revolution, demonstrating health stresses in both urban-based and rural children. Surprisingly, higher-than-expected rates of health stress were found among rural children: possibly related to the relocation of pauper children from workhouses, to apprenticeships in rural-based Northern mills.

The following day the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle hold their annual public lecture as usual at the Curtis Auditorium of the Herschel Building, Newcastle University, where Nick Owen of the Northumbria Gardens Trust will talk on Kirkharle, Rothley and Alnwick: the three Northumberland landscapes of Capability Brown. This talk beings at 6.00pm.

Managing Places of Worship
We’ve been sent notice of this November training event by Historic England. Please follow the link, or feel free to contact Sophie direct, if you would like further details of the day.

Dear All,

Historic England is running a free 1-day course, Managing Places of Worship, which is aimed at church wardens, volunteers and others directly involved in managing Places of Worship (see attached flyer below). We will be discussing understanding significance, maintenance and adaption in order to sustain the historic building for the future.

If you are interested, please do use the following link to sign up for this course https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-historic-places-of-worship-north-east-registration-25400996063.

Please note that this course is not aimed at heritage professionals, but at people directly involved with Places of Worship. Therefore, please do forward this invitation to any interested colleagues. It has been circulated quite widely, so apologies for any cross posting.

Thanks
Sophie

Sophie Norton
Training Delivery Officer
Research Group
Direct dial: 0161 242 1404 Mobile: 07342 064752

Brightwater Landscape Project
Joanne Norman of Groundwork North East & Cumbria writes of this project which is a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme headed by Durham Wildlife Trust. The aim of the scheme is to restore and celebrate the natural, built and cultural heritage of the catchment area of the River Skerne which includes Northern Darlington, Barmpton, Newton Aycliffe, Brafferton, Bishop Middleham, Sedgefield, Fishburn, Bradbury, Mordon, Sadberge and Heighington.

Groundwork are undertaking a Learning, Training and Volunteering Study to ascertain what demand there is in the catchment area for training and volunteering and information on its natural and built heritage. Community groups, heritage organisations, landowners, site managers and training providers are asked to complete a pair of surveys to help us build up a picture of what is required in the Brightwater Landscape area and we would like to hear from Local History Societies and environmental organisations in particular, who may be interested in volunteering or training within the heritage field – as natural heritage, built heritage, cultural heritage or local history.

There is an additional survey on the demand for information about the built, natural and cultural heritage of the area. If you or your members could comment on this it would give us some extremely valuable information, plus if you would like to put your group forward to get involved in the project there is the opportunity to indicate this in the questionnaires below.

It is anticipated that there will be opportunities for local communities to research their local history, take part in oral history projects or archaeological digs. Volunteering opportunities will be available in river or wildlife surveys, helping to restore and manage wetland and grassland nature reserves or helping to improve cycle and walking routes. There will also be cultural events and competitions which local people can get involved with. More information about the World War One building recording programmeproject can be found here, whilst the questionnaires can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3DX9VJ2 and https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/35KFRYZ.

Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum’s Conference 2016

Dear CBA North Members,

I hope you’re well. I just wanted to drop you a quick email about our next event – the Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum’s Conference taking place on the 23rd January 2016 at the Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. Please see the attached flyer for details at TWHF Conference 23.01.2016.

We have some fantastic speakers confirmed including:
·         John Grundy, Architectural Historian & Broadcaster
·         Adam Hart-Davis, Freelance Writer, Lecturer & TV Presenter
·         Martin Hulse, Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust
·         Remy Zac, Founder & Owner of The Biscuit Factory

We’ll also be offering practical workshops offering advice and support in the following areas:
·         Working with volunteers
·         Community engagement
·         Funding & match funding
·         Dealing with authorities
·         Heritage skills
·         Interpretation & communicating

You can read more about the conference and the Tyne & Wear Heritage Forum at http://www.twhf.co.uk.

If you are interested in attending you can register your place by calling the event office on 0191 241 4523. The cost for attending is £25 and this gets you access to all the sessions & workshops, the exhibition, a special industrial art exhibition, refreshments and lunch.

I very much hope to see you at the conference and if you have any questions or require any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Imogen

Imogen Cothill
Tyne & Wear Heritage Conference
DD: +44 (0)191 245 4526
Tel: +44 (0)191 241 4523
Conference Website: http://www.twhf.co.uk