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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.

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

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  • The coming News Bulletin (June 2019) contains 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.
  • We now have our own Flickr site. The first batches of scanned images from the Antiquaries’ photo archive have now been uploaded. Follow this link to read more about the two 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
  • Future Learning have launched a new free online course, Archaeology and the Battle of Dunbar 1650 - six weeks' duration, estimated 2 hours' study a week. Follow this link for details and registration
  • A new play about explorer Gertrude Bell, The Desert Queen, by David Fern, is touring venues in our region, including Chester-le-Street and Sunderland, during April and May. Follow this link for details and ticket bookings
  • A community project has been launched to compile a Historical Village Atlas for Bishopwearmouth, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, volunteers welcome for a range of tasks.
  • 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.
  • The DREAM community project, who are currently clearing the medieval manor house site at Beaurepaire (Bearpark, Durham) are looking for more volunteers to help reserch the documents from previous archaeological excavations. They meet in the Palace Green library, Durham on pre-arranged dates and spend a few hours working on the documents and note any significant facts to help create a picture of what the manor house and estate was like in the 13th century when it was part of the Durham Monastic holdings. Contact them by e-mail if you are interested.
  • The British Film Institute has launched a new Britain on Film crowdsourcing platform, with the aim of mapping locations around the country that are seen in their archive films. They are keen to engage with grassroots groups such as local history societies, local museums and archive organisations. They have created a short animation to promote the platform; follow this link to download.
  • The Great Labour Unrest: Rank-and-file movements and political change in the Durham Coalfield by Dr Lewis Mates, first published in 2016, is now available from Manchester University Press in hardcover at the reduced price of £16 (plus p&p). To order your copy go to Manchester University Press - The Great Labour Unrest
  • Apologies for an editing error in the December 2018 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. Please contact the co-ordinator, Maggie Thacker, by e-mail if you are interested
  • Follow this link for a list of the books bought or given to our library in the 3 months to March 2019, and this one for the current shelf-list. Our Annual Report for 2018 gives details of our current and recent activities.

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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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