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Annual Public Lectures

Each year one of our monthly meetings takes the form of a Public Lecture, part of Newcastle University's INsights lecture programme, in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University.  This year's lecture is on 30th Oct, at 6pm; A broad field; antiquarianism in the late 18th and early 19th century, by Dr David Clarke, former Keeper of Archaeology at the National Museums of Scotland.

Past Annual Public Lectures

Summaries of past lectures, and recordings in many cases, are available in the Archive section of the INsights website.


Professor Lawrence Keppie, John Horsley and the Britannia Romana (1732): the road to publication. Summary


Professor Valerie Maxfield, Imperial Purple Porphyry: the archaeology of the emperors' building stoneRecording of this lecture is available on Newcastle University's website


Professor Ian Haynes, Blood of the Provinces: The Roman Auxilia and the creation of imperial society. A recording of this lecture is available on Newcastle University's website


Michael Wood, England: New Developments in the Reign of King Athelstan (925-39), the Founder of the Medieval English State. A recording of this lecture is available on Newcastle University's website


Humphrey Welfare, Borrowing from our children: caring for historic places in the North-East


Professor Stephen Oppenheimer, The Origins of the British: a genetic detective story


Dr Alexandrina Buchanan, John Bilson (1856-1943) and the architectural significance of Durham Cathedral


Dr Carol van Driel-Murray, Families across the frontier (The 9th Horsley Memorial Lecture)


Professor Norman McCord, Some Aspects of Early Industrial Disputes in North East England


Stephen Anderton, The Landscape and Garden at Belsay Hall


Professor Richard Morris MA, BPhil, FSA, HonMIFA: The monastic geography of early medieval England


Professor M.C. Prestwich MA, DPhil, FRHistS, FSA: The Transformation of English Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century



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