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CBA North news – the archaeological year is not yet out!

CBA North News

Our latest installment once again spans the variety of the CBA North region and of what various groups are up to across the region. We look at what has happened this year with the Dig Appleby project of the Appleby Archaeology Group, happening the now with events this week of the Teesside Archaeological Society and others, as well as announcing events that will be happening in December further north in Sunderland and yet further north again in lectures of the Border Archaeological Society and Till Valley Archaeological Society in the following week as well.

Best wishes,

CBA North Committee
29.11.2016

Local group round-up; DigAppleby 2016!
[We hope this is the first update from the local groups across our region describing their activities in 2016. As Members will recall we were given a foretaste of the project in our AGM; here you can find out what happened, Ed.]

DigAppleby got off to a splendid start on 8th July when around 30 volunteers signed up for duty at the Launch Meeting in the Market Hall’s Supper Room. Since then, many more people have come forward to offer their gardens for “archaeological investigation” or to enroll on our various training events.

We chose the allotment area behind St Anne’s Almshouses for our first foray. This is a large, open, grassed area that had the advantage that we could spread ourselves about without bothering anybody. Moreover it was thought that, given the nature of its historical use, there was a good chance that deeply-buried medieval remains might remain undisturbed.

The first weekend saw volunteers producing detailed geophysical and topographic surveys of the site. We used both earth resistivity and magnetometry surveying equipment. This sounds rather technical but was actually very easy to operate and, once the results had been fed into Martin Railton’s computer, our first peek into Appleby’s past was quickly revealed.

After due consideration of the results, two test-pit sites were selected and a second weekend session was scheduled. There was no shortage of volunteers and, further encouraged by some excellent weather (the Almshouses really are a delightful place to work) the pits were duly dug and our first finds began to appear. The first pit revealed a crude cobbled surface, identical to one found previously at the top of Boroughgate and which we believe to be medieval in date. Fragments of pottery were recovered including some medieval pottery, and later wares, also some hand-made nails, some animal bone and glass. In the second test pit we found a deep deposit of rubble. Associated finds indicated this was 19th century and we believe that this is probably the demolished remains of a buildings shown in this location on the 1861 Ordnance Survey map. This confirmed the results of the geophysical survey, which indicated the presence of a high-resistance area.

More test pit excavations were planned for our “Big Dig weekend” between Friday end of 16th and Sunday 18th September. See applebyarchaeology.org.uk/digapplebyblog for details of these.

Elsewhere, and specially tailored for armchair archaeologists, we held a training session to provide an introduction to the arcane art of medieval document transcription. This proved so popular that we had to schedule a second session. The documents proved to be remarkably tricky to decipher and some of us came away with severe headaches and a renewed interest in the delights of using trowels. But it was all very interesting and gave a surprising insight into the medieval mind.

There’s still a long way to go, of course, before we get anywhere near the objectives we have set for DigAppleby, but we feel we have made a jolly good start!

Martin Joyce
Appleby Archaeology Group

[The first Appleby Archaeology Group event of 2017 will give a progress report on these investigations as well in talks by a number of contributors].

Teesside Archaeological Society events
This week sees a pair of events with the Teesside Archaeological Society across the Pennines from Appleby. A bigger piece of archaeological work is reviewed tonight with the last of the society’s own lectures on the excavations associated with the current A1 upgrading between Leeming and Barton by Helen Maclean of AECOM at Stockton Central Library, Stockton, at 7.30 p.m. to which everyone is welcome.

On Thursday there is a second chance to attend the First World War Building Recording Project of the society which we have covered earlier. This workshop will train you in how to undertake building recording, research methodologies, and identify First World War built structures. This knowledge can then be utilized in your involvement undertaking of building recording within the area. The information obtained in this process, will be published and made publicly available to people around the world for a better understanding of these important structures.

As before this will be at Sir William Gray House at Hartlepool; no previous experience is required. This free workshop will take place on Thursday 1st December. If you would like a form, or to book a place, please contact the Teesside Archaeological Society through the links of our website.

The Frank Elgee Memorial Lecture 2016
Also on Teesside this week also sees the Frank Elgee Memorial Lecture in Middlesbrough on Saturday morning. This annual memorial lecture is named after Frank Elgee who was a noted assistant curator and curator of the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough, between 1904 and 1932 and author of many articles and books concentrating on the Teesside and North Yorkshire Moors covering the archaeology, folklore, geology as well as the flora and fauna of the area. Further details on Elgee can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Elgee.

Sunderland’s Forgotten Stones
Whilst some events look back to what has happened in 2016, some events look forward to events and projects happening in the future. One of these meetings is detailed below to which all interested in the project are invited to attend by Denny Wilson below for us.

There is to be a public meeting for this project with the archaeologists at the Billy Hardy Centre, Castletown, SR5 3EQ, 7pm on Wednesday, December the 7th.

The local volunteer group Castletown Neighbourhood Action Group (CNAG) based in Sunderland, have been awarded £93,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for this project.

In a specification written up by Tyne and Wear County Archaeologist and professionally supervised by accredited archaeologists local volunteers and schools, supported by Sunderland City Council, will investigate several interlinked sites around the city to try and identify the origin of an ancient stone structure that once spanned the River Wear between North and South Hylton.

For centuries historians have long debated the origins of this mysterious stone structure but a definitive answer has yet to be found to various questions;

– Was it a bridge, dam, causeway or weir?
– Why was it built?
– When was it built?
– Who would have had the motive, wealth, manpower and skills to construct such a massive piece of civil engineering?

This project will bring together many people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities to try and find the answer. To kick-start the project there is to be a public meeting with archaeologists from Wardell Armstrong at the Billy Hardy Centre, Castletown, 7pm, on Wednesday 7th December.

The archaeologists will give an outline of the project and anyone interested in being involved is invited to attend. Feel free to circulate and let’s look forward to a productive and enjoyable experience!

Regards
Denny

December Events
Meanwhile the north of CBA North’s region is not to be outdone either. Next week there are a pair of lectures at Berwick and Crookham with the Border Archaeological Society and Till Valley Archaeological Society respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Somme 1916: From Durham to The Western Front

Exhibition at Palace Green library

Somme 1916: From Durham to The Western Front

Provisional dates 27 March – 2 October 2016

Following on from the success of the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition (2013) and Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt (2015), Durham University, Durham County Council and the national First World War Centenary partnership (led by the Imperial War Museum) are planning a major exhibition to take place at Palace Green Library during the summer of 2016. The exhibition will commemorate the centenary of the battle of the Somme with particular emphasis on stories of soldiers and non-combatant personnel from County Durham, and the massive contribution made by the county on the home front to support the war effort. Durham University, the DLI Museum and Durham County Records Office are working closely together to make sure that the exhibition has a significant local focus, distinguishing it from other related exhibitions that are taking place across the country. Many of the stories that will be explored in the exhibition link directly to Durham County Record Office Durham at War project http:// http://www.durhamatwar.org.uk/

The exhibition is planned as a major contribution to a wider programme of commemorative events, activities and outreach. County Durham and the Somme region have shared a twinning relationship for over thirty years and the exhibition team want to ensure that residents of the county and visitors to the region are able to participate in centenary commemorations and find out more about the contribution of their local area. Knowing how many important First World War projects have taken place across the County, the team are planning to organise a major community exhibition in Durham next summer for a weekend at the same time as the Palace Green Exhibition. This exhibition will give local history groups and organisations the opportunity to present their own exhibitions as a countywide collaboration – allowing visitors to learn even more about the men and women of the county, their contribution and sacrifice. Plans for this event are currently in their infancy, and a briefing will be held later on in the year so that everyone has the opportunity to get involved

For more information please contact Marleen Vincenten (Exhibition Project Officer) marleen.vincenten@durham.ac.uk.

For more details of Palace Green Library exhibitions, visit http://www.dur.ac.uk/palace.green

Crookham and Branxton during WWI: 14th November

Crookham and Branxton during WWI: 14th November

There will be an exhibition of life in Crookham and Branxton during WWI at the British Legion Coffee Morning in Crookham Village Hall on Saturday, 14th November, 10am – 12 noon.

If you have some memorabilia (photographs, letters etc) please bring it along!

Everybody welcome

Transmit/Receive – Making and Experimenting with First World War Sound Technology.‏

Transmit/Receive – Making and Experimenting with First World War Sound Technology.

Sound recording professionals Tim Shaw, John Bowers and Tom Schofield are going to deliver two workshops to explore and rebuild sound technologies of the First World War. The workshops take place on the 25th October and the 8th November. The First World War was a period of great technological innovation. Many of the communication devices were developed to generate or listen to sound. From radio broadcasts to early underwater microphones, listening was a key strategy in the war effort.
 Workshops are £6 each (plus online booking fee). Advance booking is essential. Places for workshops are limited. Each session covers different making activities – you are encouraged to attend both although you can also attend one or the other. No prior specialist or technical knowledge is needed to attend and materials are included in the price. All attendees must be aged 16 and over to attend.

For further information and booking details see: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/104915

Home Front Legacy 1914 – 1918 Project: Durham Day School – Update

Home Front Legacy 1914 – 1918 Project: Durham Day School

Did you attend the Home Front Legacy Project on Saturday 15th August 2015?

If so, and you are working on a project, we would love to hear how it’s going!

Please email cbanorth@archaeologyuk.org with details and we’ll spread the word.

 

 

Home Front Legacy 1914 – 1918 Project: Durham Day School

Home Front Legacy 1914 – 1918 Project: Durham Day School

Saturday 15th August 2015 saw the Home Front Legacy day school take place at Palace Green Library, Durham.

The course was attended by a range of parties including local organisations, CBA North committee members and enthusiastic individuals interested in getting involved.

Amongst other things, the day cover the sometimes (very) well disguised evidence of WW1 remains in the landscape, how to set up recording projects, and provided a manual for the recording app.

If you were not at the session and would like further information please contact

Sue Wright – Home Front Legacy project officer: suewright@archaeologyuk.org

Chris Kolonko: Freelance First World War site recording trainer for the Home Front Legacy project: chriskolonko@archaeologyuk.org