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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

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.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage Trip, 17th April

CBA North Members and Followers may be interested in joining this excursion. Please contact Dr Phillipo direct if you are interested and/or would like further details.

Dear everyone,

Welcome back after the Easter break!  Next Sunday (17th April) we resume our programme of ‘Exploring Classical and Historical Northumbria’ trips, with a visit to Warkworth castle.  Details of further trips to follow, including Hadrian’s Wall on the early May Bank Holiday (2nd May).

Sunday 17th April: Warkworth castle & hermitage (afternoon/early evening):
Depart c. 12.10, return c. 18.05
Cost: £7.80 for transport

A visit to the impressive medieval Percy fortress in the scenic town of Warkworth.
• Picturesque town dominated by showpiece medieval castle, home to a number of key players in English history, notably the Percy family (the original ‘kings in the north’).
• Wars of the Roses, the English Civil War and several wars with Scotland(!)  feature among the many historical events in which the castle and town played a part.
• Castle features in Shakespeare’s *Henry IV* plays: the scenes which he set here make use of elements from classical writers Plutarch and Virgil — we shall hear about these on site, and visit the exact locations!
• Unique 13th-century hermitage elaborately carved out of the solid stone of the river bank.

As with previous trips, entrance to the castle is free by special arrangement with English Heritage. We travel by bus: the X18 from Haymarket bus station, outside Marks and Spencers.

Schedule:
Meet at Haymarket bus station (usually Stand Q), ideally by *12.05*.
Catch 518 bus at 12.13.
Arrive Warkworth (via part of the scenic Northumbria coastal route) 13.40

Best to bring sandwiches to eat on the bus: refreshments including hot drinks are available at the Castle but there’s no cafe as such.

The bus drops us close to the castle; we’ll have ample time to explore it, and hopefully the hermitage (to which visitors are ferried by English Heritage rowing boat!) before heading downhill into the village for a refreshment stop in one the village’s excellent cafés/pubs (one of the latter serves particularly good scones!).

We will aim for the 16.37 bus back from Warkworth, getting back to Haymarket at 18.06.  Buses leave at 37 minutes past each hour, though, so you can catch an earlier or later bus back if you like.

Cost: An Arriva all-day ticket (£7.80) is the cheapest option.  Entrance to the castle is free; otherwise, just bring money for refreshments.

Everyone welcome (including friends from outside the School who may wish to come along).  You can turn up on the day, and/or use your own transport, but if you can let me know in advance if you plan to come that would be useful.  If you need to contact me on the day, my mobile is 07833 125 747.

With best wishes,
(Dr.) S. Phillippo

Roman Archaeology Seminars

Please see the attached poster for tonight’s Roman Archaeology seminar at Newcastle University. As ever, for the Romanists, this takes place in Room 1.06 of the Armstrong Building, Newcastle University.

A map can be found here for those unfamiliar with the layout of the university.

Creating Places of Commemoration in Viking Age Scandinavia

On Thursday afternoon there is an archaeology seminar that might be of interest to CBA North members. This, like the Roman Archaeology Seminar Series, will be held in the Department of Archaeology, Newcastle University, in the Armstrong Building.

Unlike the Roman Seminar this will be held in Room 2.16 on Thursday at 1600 when Julie Lund of the University of Oslo will talk on Relating to Pasts and Creating Places of Commemoration in Viking Age Scandinavia.

Everyone is invited to attend if you so wish, with the location of the seminar indicated, as before, from this webpage.

The Vikings are coming!

This week the Vikings are coming to the CBA North region!

There are two events on Vikings this week across the CBA North region.

On Wednesday our group member the Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS) will be hearing Kristian Pedersen speak on “Vikings in the North Atlantic” at Crookham Village Hall in Northumberland.

On the following day there is a Newcastle University Archaeology Department Seminar when Julie Lund will be speak on “Relating to Pasts and Creating Places of Commemoration in Viking Age Scandinavia” in the Armstrong Building of Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. Further details of that will follow this post in a minute or two.

In the meantime the Northumberland Archaeological Group (NAG) – the newest group member of CBA North – will be also having their March lecture on Wednesday night as well. This will be on something totally different to the Vikings when Marco Romeo Pitone will be talking about “Experimental Archaeometallurgy in Early-Middle Bronze Age Cyprus” in their lecture at the Newcastle Arts Centre, on Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Over to you to take your choice,

AKE/29.02.2016

Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Seminar – tonight

The next of the Newcastle University Roman Archaeology Evening Seminars is tonight!

We at CBA North have been sent the poster for tonight’s talk by James Gerrard and Andrew Agate of Newcastle University. Details of the talk “Between Three Towns: The Lufton Roman Villa in the Longue Duree” can be found here.

As before this takes place in the Armstong Building of Newcastle University, and as before a map can be found on at this webpage.