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Our latest news bulletin is issue 65, dated December 2018.

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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.


  • The Lithics Society has announced the launch of the Alan Saville Grant, intended to encourage engagement with a wider audience by supporting lithics research undertaken by individuals or community groups. Projects may involve the study of collections, fieldwalking, excavations, or other activities (e.g. conference and workshop organisation) if a case is made. Grants, up to a total of £500, will be made following applications to the Society. Closing date 1 March.

  • The Guild of Registered Tourist Guides,  accredited as a training provider by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, is offering a Blue Badge training course for North East England commencing in May 2019 and lasting for one year. The Course prospectus is now available and recruitment will shortly commence. Look on their website for further details.

  • Apologies for an editing error in the December News Bulletin, in the piece by David Goldwater. Jennie DuCane, the owner of Carrawburgh Fort, has pointed out that the Fort is spelt CARRAWBURGH and the nearby Farm is spelt CARRAWBROUGH.

  • NHS at 70: the Story of Our Lives, is a national programme supported by the HLF, with the aim of capturing oral histories of and about the NHS from people whose lives have been affected by it, and preserve them in a publicly accessible online archive. Peter Mitchell, the local co-ordinator, is looking for volunteers to undertake the interviews; contact him by e-mail if you are interested.

  • Friends of Gateshead Archives is a new group being set up, following a successful HLF application. The first meeting is on 18 January, at 10.30 in the Wailes Room at Gateshead Central Library. Free, but please send the co-ordinator, Maggie Thacker, an e-mail if you are planning to attend.

  • Follow this link for a list of the books bought or given to our library in the last 3 months, and this one for the current shelf-list. Our Annual Report for 2018 gives details of our current and recent activities.

  • Dive Into Durham is a research project exploring the River Wear Assemblage, 12,000 objects recovered from the bed of the River Wear at Durham, by diver Gary Bankhead and colleagues. It has been adopted as a research project by Durham University, and is looking for crowdfunding to help with the costs.

  • The North East Labour History Society has put a number of issues of North East History, its annual publication, online. Issue 1 (1967), and issues 36-48 (2005-2017) are now available

  • The Mining Institute will be starting work on the transformation of Neville Hall very soon, once they have permission from the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin spending their £1.7m grant. This involves packing up their library (including all the books on the balconies round the hall) to go into storage, and they are looking for volunteers to help with this. Please e-mail them if you can help.

  • During the work on the building, the Mining Institute's regular series of lectures will be held next door at the Lit and Phil.

  • St James’ Heritage and Environment Group looks after the graveyard at St James' Church Benwell. The original graveyard plan has been lost, but they have a database of all the visible memorials. Volunteers continue to find ‘new’ gravestones below the surface of the soil. The Group is seeking advice and help with the task of identifying further hidden gravestones and other stone features.  Send them an e-mail if you can assist.

  • Belief in the North East is a new community project exploring the archaeology of religion in North East England, from prehistory to present. It is based at the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. The project has passed the Heritage Lottery Fund Stage 1 application process and the Stage 2 application is due for submission in December. There is no guarantee of success at Stage 2, but if all goes well the project should be underway by early Summer 2019. They are looking for people to register as volunteers; see their website for more details.

  • All the images, and a list of the contents, of Edwarde Potter’s Boke of Physicke, our new transcription project, are now on our Unlocking the Archives website. The first transcription will be up there shortly. Read more…

  • A group of Newcastle University Archaeology students recently spent a day in Newcastle Castle, working on a Challenge Event. They were thinking about how SANT can recruit and retain younger members, especially students. They came up with a whole range of ideas, which are being followed up by the Activities Committee. Watch this space for more developments.

  • A company called Waymarked Trails have contacted us, looking for potential writers of articles about points on the Hadrian's Wall Path, to go into an app-based guide. Follow this link for a poster, and this link for a detailed note

  • The planned Mini-Exhibition, of the Aesica Hoard and books from our collection and the NHSN,  in the Great North Museum: Hancock has been called off. The supports to both of the upright cases used in the Great North Exhibition have been damaged and are now too unstable to be used. It is not known how long the repairs will take, so the Mini-Exhibition has now been put on hold and everything returned to safe storage.

  • Capital Newcastle; A Walk through Newcastle's Architectural Orders is a new publication from Newcastle Antiquaries, a fold-out pamphlet with a detailed explanation of the classical 'orders' of architecture on one side, and a map showing a walking route round Newcastle's city centre on the other, featuring eighteenth- to twentieth-century buildings that illustrate each element. Copies are free, and each member will receive one in the December mailing. If you would like more, to distribute to local groups, schools, or your friends, please send an e-mail to author Alan Beale

  • Aron Mazel and colleagues at Newcastle University have produced a bespoke app for monitoring ancient rock art. It is designed to assist with the safeguarding of rock art, and is the first of its kind internationally

  • Local legal firm Samuel Phillips Law hits its centenary next year; this is unusual for a law firm as most are dissolved or merged well before 100 years are up! To mark the anniversary, they are wondering if anyone would like to help research their founder Samuel Phillips, about whom they know very little. If you would be interested in this, please e-mail our member Adam Chaffer

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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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