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Our latest news bulletin is issue 62, dated June 2017.

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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.


  • British rock art, some of the world's most ancient could be protected with a new app, designed by Newcastle University experts. The Rock Art CARE app has been designed to record the condition and management of cup and ring marks in the UK. Follow this link for more details.
  • Vulnerable Capability Brown landscapes are highlighted in a new leaflet published by the Gardens Trust; follow this link to download a copy.
  • We have launched an appeal among members to help us buy the Dinnington Hoard of Roman silver and gold coins and a brooch. There are several ways to donate; go via  our MyDonate page, send a cheque to the office made out to SANT (Dinnington), or donate via Paypal. Follow this link for a picture of the most valuable coin, a gold aureus from the time of emperor Vitellius, who reigned for only 8 months in AD69. All contributions, large or small will be gratefully received.
  • St Ann's Church in Battlefield, Newcastle, celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, and has a newly invigorated Friends Group to work with it. Follow this link for the first edition of their Newsletter.
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded a grant of £1.3m to Newcastle University's School of History, Classics and Archaeology, to train volunteers to assess sites on Hadrian's Wall and repair those in danger of deteriorating beyond repair. The project will be led by our member, Professor Sam Turner. Follow this link for the press release.
  • The thousandth anniversary of the Battle of Carham in 1018 - 'the conflict that fixed the border between England and Scotland along the River Tweed' - is to be commemorated in a series of events, including a re-enactment and a conference. The project is financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and organised by a partnership of the Battlefields Trust and the Carham 1018 Society.
  • The Mining Institute has been able to bring its library catalogue back online. Users can search the book collections at home, create a 'cart' of items they wish to see, and send the list to the librarian in advance. Cataloguers and volunteers are now working on the catalogue to improve and add records.
  • Newcastle City Council is asking for expressions of Interest from businesses, groups and organisations, who might have ideas to help refurbish Jesmond Dene Banqueting House,while retaining it for creative and public use in keeping with the wishes of Lord Armstrong.
  • North East Labour History Society has published transcripts of the personal memories of 60 people who have been involved in the labour movement from the North East, and are asking anyone with transcripts or notes of further oral history reviews to get in touch.
  • The full run of Yorkshire Archaeological Journal up to 2010, published by our fellow-antiquarians the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, are now available free on-line. Follow this link for full details. (Later editions of the Journal, from 2011 onwards, are under the Taylor and Francis imprint and behind a paywall)
  • Our member Andy Agate has recently taken up the post of Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) for the North East, for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. He has been building links with local metal detecting communities and other members of the public who wish to report archaeological finds. Andrew is based at the Great North Museum: Hancock. Follow this link to e-mail him, or phone 0191 208 5031.
  • PhD student Ben Freeth, of Newcastle University, is currently working on a project exploring the Derwent Vale with the intention of producing a book and set of audio recordings, He is keen to make contact with members who are interested in, have special knowledge of or have carried out field work in the Derwent Vale.The book will be featured in the forth coming Digital Makings exhibition in Gateshead Library Gallery Space. Follow this link to e-mail him if you are interested.
  • As part of a Newcastle University project, archivist Claire Boreham has created a website on which you can browse the shelves of a seventeenth-century bookshop in Newcastle. When bookseller William Corbett died in 1626, an inventory of his shop was made, listing over a thousand books, mentioning around two hundred of them by name. This is now in Durham University's Special Collections, but images have been provided wherever possible.
  • Members interested in following up the history of the Ouseburn Valley and Victoria Tunnel, after our Summer Social visit last week, might like to know that the Ouseburn Trust are holding a series of summer walks (pre-booking essential) between now and the end of August. £4, or free to Ouseburn Trust members). It is also possible to book tours (individual or groups) of the Victoria Tunnel.
  • We would like to set up a new rota of ‘meeters and greeters’ for our Monthly Meetings at the Mining Institute. It involves arriving half an hour or so early at the Institute, and hovering round the door to welcome anyone who is new or uncertain about the lecture. Please e-mail Rosie Serdiville if you can help
  • Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society has given its members (including ourselves as an Exchange member) access to its journal Hampshire Studies online. Go to the Members' Section of our website for more details.

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 Recently published; books of interest


David's recent book, Bearsden: A Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall, is also now available from Archaeopress in paperback, at a discounted price of £16; follow this link for the order form. Published by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, hardback copy normally £30


More new books of interest to members


Recent Deaths

Note; 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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