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 Events in the region

Follow these links to find out more about events organised by others in the North East (or occasionally further afield if they involve our members), this month and through the year. If you know of an event that might interest our members, please e-mail the website editor with full details.

Other information about events and projects around the North East and Cumbria can be found on the CBA North website.

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  • If you watched the BBC TV programme A House through Time , on 5 Ravensworth Terrace in Newcastle, you may be interested in two articles about personalities who featured in it, based on research for the programme by Helen Rutherford, which appeared in Newcastle News (the magazine of Newcastle Law Society) in April and May. The May article is about an attack on George Tallentire Gibson, the subject of the walk led by John Griffiths in June.
  • Durham University are running a project looking at the faith landscape of Northumberland and Durham from the Neolithic onwards. Follow this link for details. They are looking for community field workers and volunteers.
  • The Committee of the Leeds Symposium on Food History and Traditions have issued a Call for Papers for their next Symposium in April 2020, on the topic of Food and Health. Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit a short proposal of up to 500 words to the convener, Mark Dawson, by e-mail,  by 30 September 2019. Papers are to be presented rather than read and should last up to 40 minutes. 
  • Anyone brave enough, fit enough and with a head for heights can now go up Durham Cathedral's central tower (325 steps!). It is open Monday to Saturday, 10.00-4.00, for £5 adults, £4.50 children, tickets available from the cathedral's visiting desk.
  • Segedunum has a new exhibition, Borderline Funny: Hadrian's Wall in Cartoons, on now until 22 September
  • The Great North Museum: Hancock, celebrated its 10th anniversary last week. It is currently hosting Dippy the Diplodocus, until 31 October.
  • The June 2019 News Bulletin contained a short piece about archaeologists' japes in the 1930s, discovered by Professor Tony Birley. It had to be severely cut to fit in the News Bulletin, so attached is his article in full. If anyone has information for him, please contact him direct.
  • The massive slide collection of our late Barbara Harbottle is about to go onto our Flickr site.  Follow this link to read more about all the collections so far on the site. If you can offer a name for an image entitled ‘Unknown’, and have a Flickr account. you can add a comment in the box below the photo. Others can e-mail Irwin Thompson, who has set up the site for us. Please include a link to a photo or website as “proof”.
  • A new website has been launched by Coquetdale Community Archaeology to promote their Border Roads project
  • Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn has been successful in its Heritage Lottery Fund bid for a project around its holdings of manorial records. The project is programmed to start in September 2019, with the volunteer element starting in 2020. Further details will be available shortly.
  • From 1 April, our library at the Great North Museum: Hancock will be closed on Friday afternoons, from 1.00. Staff at the Museum have been covering the library on Fridays, and have concluded that it is not sustainable to do so for the whole day, especially since Friday is the quietest day of the week in the library.

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For biographical details of many our deceased members, going back to the earliest history of the Society, follow this link for the SANT Biographical Directory. This document was first put together, with considerable research, by Barbara Harbottle, and is being kept up to date now by Sue Ward. Any comments, additional material, and references (in print or on the web) will be gratefully received by her.






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