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Important Notice: Coronavirus

From now until further notice, our Monthly meetings will be held online, via Zoom. More details, including the Zoom link, will be in the Members' section of this website.

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, the annual report and accounts are now available on this website.

Speakers originally scheduled for the second part of 2020 will mostly be appearing instead in 2021, when we hope to return to live meetings.

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


22 Aug, Country Meeting; Minsteracres, Mansion, Masses and Monastery. CANCELLED, but will hopefull take place next year.

26 Aug, online Monthly Meeting, 6.00 (log in from 5.45) The Maddison Monument in Newcastle Cathedral, Or The Multiple Meanings of Material Culture, Professor Jeremy Boulton (Newcastle University). More details, including the Zoom link, are in the Members' Section of our website. A flyer, including that link, will also be circulated to all members on Tuesday 25 Aug.

The speakers listed below will be rescheduled for 2021. Details of replacement online lectures, on the same dates and times, will be provided as soon as possible.

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

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

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.

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, but Andrea has kindly provided an alternative presentation, on Violence and Warfare in Bronze Age Society.  Slides and a lecture transcript for Part 1 are now available; Part II will follow. As this is material he would usually provide for his students, he has asked that we restrict access to members, so you will need to log in to see these.

29 July, 6.00, online Monthly Meeting, In Excited Times; The People Against The Blackshirts on Tyneside, Nigel Todd. A recording of this is now on our YouTube channel. .

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