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Important Notice: Coronavirus. Lecture meetings in March, April and May are cancelled and the lectures will be re-arranged at some future time. It may also be necessary to cancel meetings beyond May, and if so members will be informed as soon as possible.

We will not be holding our AGM (at which members are presented with and asked to approve the annual report and accounts) until later in the year, provisionally at the September lecture meeting. In the meantime, members will be able to find the annual report and accounts on the website from early April.

Check the home page of this website for future developments (other pages may not have been updated).

29 April, 6.00, Monthly Meeting, Ronan O’Donnell, Landscapes of the Great Depression in the North East. Room 2.98, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University. CANCELLED

27 May, 6.00, Monthly Meeting, Andrea Dolfini, The Way of the Sword: New Insights on Bronze Age Fighting Practices. Room 2.98, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University. Now to include AGM business. CANCELLED

13 June, 10.30 Country Walk, Once Brewed to Housesteads and Roman Vindolanda Marta Alberti. Meet 10.30am at The Sill, Once Brewed, Hexham, NE47 7AN (parking £5). Does not include Housesteads Fort visit.   Some steep slopes involved. Bus (£4 ticket) Housesteads to Vindolanda (entry £7.84). Bus return to The Sill. Provisional - will depend on circumstances

19 June, 6.00, Summer Social, Dove Marine Laboratory, Cullercoats, NE30 4PZ. CANCELLED. If you have already paid for this, a refund will be given.

24 June, 6.00, Monthly Meeting, Alastair Oswald, Putting the prehistory of the north Pennines on the map: discoveries made during English Heritage’s Miner-Farmer Landscapes Projects, Room 2.98, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

29 July, 6.00, Monthly Meeting, Andrew Marriott, The Trench Art Somme Crosses of The Durham Light Infantry - A case study in memorialisation. Room 2.98, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

22 Aug, Country Meeting; Minsteracres, Mansion, Masses and Monastery. Details to be announced

26 Aug, 6.00, Monthly Meeting, Susanna Phillippo, Airy citadels, tyrannous cacti, Mycenae’s astonishing stones: Belsay Hall and Sir Charles Monck’s travel diaries, Venue TBC

30 Sept, 6.00, Monthly Meeting, Penny Middleton, In defence of Brancepeth: the medieval origins of Brancepeth Castle, provisionally also our AGM. Venue TBC.

14 Oct, 6.30, Coffee House Seminar in the basement cinema at Quilliam Brothers Tea House.  Three speakers, further details to be announced. Only 21 spaces, free but must register by e-mail

28 Oct, 6.00,  Public lecture, Bob Morris, 'The Crack in the Ice', Women and Property and the making of the Married Women's Property Act 1870, Venue Curtis Auditorium Herschel Building, Newcastle University

11 Nov, 6.30, Coffee House Seminars in the basement cinema at Quilliam Brothers Tea House.  Three speakers, further details to be announced. Only 21 spaces, free but must register by e-mail

25 Nov, 6.00, Monthly Meeting,Derek Teasdale, The Geology of Newcastle Cathedral, Venue TBC

There will also be Summer Walks; look for details later in 2020.

Events that have already taken place

29 Jan, 6.00,  Monthly Meeting, Derek Cutts, John William Chater and the Song of the Carrion Chro [sic]: Satire in mid-Victorian Newcastle. This is also the Anniversary Meeting; follow these links for the agenda and a background paper. You can also look here at the Draft Constitution for a CIO, and our revised statutes under the proposal.

12 Feb, 6.30, Community Archaeology in the North of England, Teahouse Talk in the basement cinema at Quilliam Brothers Tea House.  Speakers Rob Collins (Newcastle Univ and co-ordinator of WallCap), Steve Collinson (Northern Archaeological Associates), and Philip Bastow (Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group).

26 Feb, 6.00,  Monthly Meeting, Jenny Proctor, A history of the walled garden at Alnwick Castle. Jenny's book on the topic, Parterres Bright with Flowers was available at the meeting, at a discounted price of £25.

14 March, Country Walk, Wylam Station to Newburn Waggonway led by Denis Peel. Read a report of it here.

25 March, 6.00,  Monthly Meeting, Nick Hodgson, The discovery and excavation of the Roman baths at Wallsend (Segedunum) in 2014-15.  CANCELLED, but will be re-arranged for another season. In its place, Nick has supplied an e-lecture on A Roman Pandemic, which you can read here.

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