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Events of interest

Important Notice: Coronavirus. Most of the events listed on this page are on-line; for those that are live, please check before setting off that they are still happening. Live events are also likely to require pre-booking (even if free) in order to facilitate social distancing.


December 2020                     

  • Tuesdays 1 Dec – 2 Feb, 7.30-9.00 (no classes 22 and 29 Dec), Beginners’ Hieroglyphics 2, 8 week online course taught by Malken Mosleth King, £40, must book in advance.
  • 3 December, 7.00, Holy Inappropriate? Secular uses of the medieval parish church, with Dr Emma Wells. Churches Conservation Trust online lecture, part of an active programme of talks and activities. Free, no need to register.
  • 7-18 December, Palaeography and Latin Online School, Durham University. Applications are now open, closing date 13 Nov. Full price £650, with bursaries considered for all applicants without access to other sources of funding. They are warning that demand is likely to be high, and applications will be assessed on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.
  • 12 Dec, 2:00 pm, Cleopatra: Tomb, Baths and Birth-house (and other lost monuments) Dr Chris Naunton,  Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society lecture, £4 to visitors, must book
  • 13-18 Dec, 6.00 each evening, Neolithic Scotland: the Big Picture and Detailed Narratives in 2020, Dr Alison Sheridan. This year’s Rhind lectures from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, usually held over a weekend in spring but now to be given via YouTube recordings over six consecutive evenings, with a live Q&A via Zoom for the final lecture.  Free, no need to book except for the final Zoom event.
  • 14-16 Dec, Online Cookery School, Eat Medieval: A Taste of Christmas Past, Blackfriars Restaurant in conjunction with Durham University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, £65, or £52.00 with discount code ZINZIBERDURHAM. Must book
  • 14 December, 6.00: Wentworth Castle and Wentworth Woodhouse: Georgian Rivals
    Dr Patrick Eyres,( Editor, New Arcadian Journal), Part of The Gardens Trust and The London Gardens Trust’s joint Winter Lecture Series 2020/21. Details online. £6 for non-members, must book.
  • 18 December, Fringe Tag 2020, one-day online conference (12-30-8.30) replacing the usual annual get-together of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, including workshops on decolonising archaeology, and the impact of Covid-19, and a keynote session looking at other recent movements such as Extinction Rebellion and MeToo. Free but must register through Eventbrite, links to be published at the end of November.


  • 11-12 Jan 2021, Our Aelred: Man, Monk and Saint, Conference organised by English Heritage and British Archaeological Association, free but must register for the webinar.
  • 22 February: Transatlantic Slavery’s Long Reach: The Impacts of Direct and Indirect Slavery Connections on 18th-century Estate Gardens and Parks (online) Susanne Seymour, (University of Nottingham), Part of The Gardens Trust and The London Gardens Trust’s joint Winter Lecture Series 2020/21. Details online. £6 for non-members, must book
  • 25 Feb 2021, 5.00, Chariots in the landscape of East Yorkshire – recent discoveries at Pocklington and region,  Dr Peter Halkon FSA and excavator Paula Ware. Society of Antiquaries of London lecture, free and open to all, but must register
  • 10-19 Sept 2021, Heritage Open Days, hopefully with more real-live experiences than this year. Their 2020 Festival Review rounds up events and resources from this year.

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