Tag Archives: Museum

Coach trip to see the Celts

The newest group member of CBA North – the Northumberland Archaeological Group – has sent us details of their planned coach trip to Edinburgh on Saturday, 21st May, to see the Celts Exhibition at the National Museum for which there are spaces still available.

This will leave Newcastle at 8.30am and return by about 6.30 pm. Details and costs etc. are to be confirmed. Those interested in attending should contact Caroline Allott, tel: 01670 513365, or e-mail: cballott@aol.com. Be sure to give your contact details and whether you are entitled to concessionary entrance to the museum. You can also write to 75, Low Stobhill, Morpeth NE61 2SQ, but be sure to give phone number and enclose an SAE.

Please respond to Caroline if you are interested in attending by Monday, 11th April at the latest. Further details on NAG and their programme can be found in our webpages here, and also in our Local Societies and Groups page.

Humans in Ancient Britain micro-exhibition

The Great North Museum: Hancock, in Newcastle, is shortly going to have a micro-exhibition about Humans in Ancient Britain with material on loan from the Natural History Museum, which includes the Swanscombe Neanderthal skull between 24 February  and 7 April.

William King had been a curator at the museum and responsible for naming Neanderthals as a separate species, so especially appropriate for this exhibition. Related to the exhibition are a pair of evening talks and pair of family events based around local collections and Palaeolithic Britain in March and April.

Free Evening Talk at the Great North Museum: Hancock
Tuesday 22 March 2016, 18.30
‘Professor William King’s fossil bones and shells: The scientific legacy of a Geordie in Galway!’
Prof. David Harper
Professor of Palaeontology and Principal of Van Mildert College at Durham University

William King was the first person to name a separate species of human when he gave the species name Homo neanderthalensis to Neanderthals at the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting at Newcastle in 1863. He was a self-educated man from Sunderland who became curator of the Newcastle Museum (later the Hancock Museum) and then a Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at Queen’s College, Galway. King was a controversial figure, both locally, where he fell out with his employers at the Museum, and nationally as part of the debate on evolution and anthropology.  Professor Harper’s talk explores King’s life and legacy.

Please book in advance.  Tickets are free and available from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/234953

Free Evening Talk at the Great North Museum: Hancock
Wednesday 6 April 2016, 18.30
‘Palaeolithic Britain: one-million years of human prehistory’
Prof. Mark White
Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University

Mark White is a specialist in the Palaeolithic (the Old Stone Age) of Britain and its near neighbours.  He has worked on many of the key sites of early human occupation in Britain and also has an interest in the Victorian antiquarians who first excavated some of these locations.  His talk will follow the early occupation of Britain and the evidence we have about people who have lived here over the last million years.

Please book in advance.  Tickets are free and available from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/234941

Free Family Activity Day
Thursday 31 March 11 – 3
Collectors Day

A day where we take William King, the former curator of this museum who named Neanderthals as a separate species, as the springboard to thinking about other local collectors. This day will include contributions from amongst others our own curators plus the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Free Family Activity Day
Thursday 7 April 11 – 3,
Neanderthal Thursday

with support from archaeologists from Durham University (tbc), the opportunity to discover our collection of human evolution skull replicas and a hand silhouette cave art activity.

For further information contact;
Dr Kate Holden
Assistant Learning Officer
Great North Museum: Hancock
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4PT
0191 208 7578

Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed Lecture

Friends of the Oriental Museum Lecture Series 2015/16 in association with the North East Ancient Egypt Society are holding a joint lecture:

Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed, a lecture by Dr Campbell Price of Manchester Museum will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2015, 7.30pm, in Lecture Room 9, Elvet Hill House (Adjacent to the Oriental Museum), Durham.

See the attached poster for more details

Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series: October Lecture

Please see the message below regarding the next World Heritage Architecture and Conservation Series Lecture:

Dear all,                                                                                             
 
Please find below the details of our Architecture and Conservation Series lecture for October.
I very much hope you will be able to attend.
 
World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015
 
October Lecture
                                                                                                                 
Wednesday 21st October 2015, 6.30pm
Venue: Room PG20 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham
 
 
DAVID DE HAAN
“The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site”

Among the first group of designations in Britain were Durham and the Ironbridge Gorge, the latter being the first industrial site in a country that set in train the Industrial Revolution which heralded the modern world. David de Haan, one of the retired Directors at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, will look at the World Heritage Site, what was there and how the area was restored. The lecture will present the history, the decline and dereliction that preceded the restoration, and the interpretation and conservation that made possible the WHS nomination. It will also look at the management issues and the visitor profile so that parallels can be drawn.
David is a museum professional with 45 years’ experience, including 8 years at the Science Museum in London and 34 at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, where he still works as a volunteer. He managed the Ironbridge Institute’s Heritage Management programme from 1998 and the Museums Management programme from 2001 until his retirement in 2012. He was also responsible for the restoration, interpretation and management of many of the museum sites in Ironbridge. A past Fellow of the Museums Association, past Council Member of the Newcomen Society, and Honorary Secretary of the Association for Industrial Archaeology, David is an acknowledged expert on the Iron Bridge, the 1851 Exhibition and the Art of the Industrial Revolution.
 
The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.
 
Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk.
Would you also let me know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes. 
  
 
Please don’t forget to circulate this email to whoever you think might be interested. 
I am looking forward to seeing you at the lecture.
 
 
Kind regards, 
 
Raffaella Aliprandi
Architecture and Conservation Series Organiser

 

 

Festival of Archaeology 2015: Archaeological finds afternoon at Kendal Museum

Archaeological finds afternoon at Kendal Museum

Fri 17th Jul 2015

On Friday 17 July between 11.00 and 14.00 Kendal Museum will be hosting a drop in Archaeological Finds Afternoon with Dot Boughton, Portable Antiquities Finds Liaison Officer for Cumbria and Lancashire.

This event is free, booking is not required.  For further infornation see: http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1923

Festival of Archaeology 2015 – Behind the scenes of Kendal Museum.

Behind the scenes of Kendal Museum with the archaeology curator

Thu 16th Jul 2015

The Museum’s archaeology Curator Morag Clement will be giving a talk and tour on Kendal Museum’s recent projects. There will also be an opportunity to take a look behind the scenes in the archaeology store. Places are limited.

Booking is required for this event, for details of location, times and costs, please see

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1922