Arbeia Conference 2015: Balnea, roman baths and bathing in the northern frontier zone: another side of military life.
The last few years have seen extensive excavations on bath-houses at Wallsend, Binchester and Chester-le-Street. The results have been spectacular, especially at Binchester where one of the best-preserved buildings in Roman Britain has been revealed. All these new discoveries will be described, together with new research on the baths at Chesters and at Bearsden on the Antonine Wall. Speakers will include Paul Bidwell, David Breeze, Nick Hodgson, Michael Lee, David Mason, Margaret Snape and Graeme Stobbs.
TWAS has announced several lectures for April in their ‘Wor Life’ series about Tyne and Wear in the First World War:
• 11 Apr, 11.00- 12.30 Parsons Marine Steam Turbines: From Destroyers to Dreadnoughts 1898-1918, Geoff Horseman, Chief Turbine Engineer at Siemens and keeper of the historic archive at the C A Parsons Work. Segedunum Roman Fort, £4 per person (free to students),
• 17 April, Great War Baking, Nigel Grant, head of Pastry and Baking at Newcastle College, will teach you how to prepare Great War bakes in the professional training kitchen of their Lifestyle Academy, Newcastle College (meet at Discovery Museum), £10 per person, or £15 with lunch in the Academy’s restaurant
• 18 April, 1.00 – 3.00, Those Who Refused: Conscientious Objectors in the First World War. Dr André Keil (Durham University), Discovery Museum
• 25 Apr, 11.30-12.30, Rachel Parsons: Queen of the Machine, Henrietta Heald. Discovery Museum.
Please reserve tickets for any of these talks by contacting Marleen Vincenten (0191) 277 2166 firstname.lastname@example.org
The English Civil War in the North East in association with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
A series of three talks on the English Civil War and the involvement of the north east in the struggle between King and Parliament. The talks will take place at South Shields Museum from 14:00 to 15:30. To book please call 0191 4568740 or email email@example.com
Talk One – A New Dynasty — Thursday 6th March 2014
In this talk we will look at the coming of the Stuarts in 1603 and consider the origins of the struggle between the monarchy and parliament. We will conclude with a detailed look at the Battle of Newburn Ford (1640) on the western fringes of Newcastle. It was this battle that forced Charles I to abandon his long period of direct rule without Parliament.
Talk Two – A Nation At War With Itself — Thursday 13th March 2014
This talk will cover the descent into civil war. The north east was peripheral to the early phase of the Civil War. We will look at this period in summary and consider the events leading to the invasion of the Scots on the side of Parliament in 1644 and the fighting that began in Northumberland.
Talk Three – Newcastle At Bay — Thursday 20th March 2014
This talk will move into the second half of 1644 culminating in the Siege of Newcastle. This will include a look at the lesser known Siege of South Shields and the fighting between Newcastle and Sunderland. We will conclude with details of the aftermath of these actions and briefly summarise the events leading to the execution of Charles I and the abolition of the monarchy.
Field Trip — Thursday 27th March 2014
We will conclude the series with a visit to the battlefield of Newburn Ford to the west of Newcastle. Standing on the ground is the best way to understand how battles were fought.
21st Jan, 2.00, War Memorials of South Shields, Janet Brown, Chair of North East War Memorials Project. South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.
Part of Tyne Wear Archives and Museums adult education programme, which includes open sessions in the archives, ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the GNM’s stores at Discovery Museum, and a course on the history of Newcastle in the 20th century, starting on Jan 24th. See their website on http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/events