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Coronavirus; Statement from the President, May 2020

I hope that all our members, and their friends and relatives, stay safe through these troubled times. As members will appreciate, it is extremely difficult to make firm plans for anything given the present uncertain times we are experiencing, when the situation changes from day to day. It looks unlikely that it will be possible to hold any lectures in Newcastle University for the rest of 2020, but we are recommencing our series of Monthly Lectures on June 24th online via Zoom. In the meantime, you can read Nick Hodgson's alternative March e-lecture on A Roman Pandemic here. Members can follow this link to log in and  then to read Andrea Dolfini's alternative presentation on Violence and Warfare in Bronze Age Society.

We also have a YouTube channel, now including a presentation by Rosie Serdiville about what happened to the prisoners after the 1650 Battle of Dunbar. Contributions to this from other members will be most welcome.

We will almost certainly have to further postpone our AGM (at which members are presented with and asked to approve the annual report and accounts), which we had hoped to hold in September. In the meantime, members can find the annual report and accounts for 2019 on this website.

We will continue to provide an Exchange newsletter of information and resources, sent out once a week at the weekend. Copies of the current one and the previous ones are also in the members' section once you have logged in.

Work is also continuing on the production of our journal Archaeologia Aeliana, with the aim of having the late 2019 volume and the 2020 volume in members’ hands by the end of the year.

When and if we regain some access to our office in the Great North Museum over the course of the summer, we are hoping to print a News Bulletin and send it out to members. If it is not possible to print and mail it by the summer, it will still be published, but in electronic form only.

Regretfully we have cancelled our summer social gathering. Those who have purchased tickets for the summer social will be refunded.

The Society’s office in the Great North Museum Hancock remains closed until museum policy and social distancing rules allow its re-opening. While the office is closed the Society will not be able to respond to postal correspondence or deal with publication sales.  However, the Membership Administrator and the Trustees are working remotely and can be contacted via the Society's e-mail address, Any contributors to Archaeologia Aeliana who have sent hard copy manuscripts or disks into the office are asked to resubmit electronically or to contact the Society as soon as possible.  For financial queries, please contact the Society’s Treasurer at  Invoices need to be submitted electronically during the period of office closure. Messages on the office phone will not be picked up. Please communicate by e-mail only.

The Society has set aside limited funds to assist research or publication projects in its area of interest (archaeology and history of the historic counties of Northumberland and Durham) that have been developed while it is impossible to carry on normal work during the lockdown. Follow this link for more information.

We apologise for the continuing disruption to our regular programme, but hope that members will appreciate that circumstances demand it. Please keep an eye on the website and e-bulletins for updates, and best wishes to you all at this difficult time.

Nick Hodgson, President


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