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Previous years' programmes

2020 Programme

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, The discovery and excavation of the Roman baths at Wallsend (Segedunum) in 2014-15, Nick Hodgson. CANCELLED, now rearranged for 28 July 2021

29 April, 6.00, Monthly Meeting, Landscapes of the Great Depression in the North East, Ronan O’Donnell. CANCELLED, now rearranged for 24 Feb 2021

27 May, 6.00, Monthly Meeting, Andrea Dolfini, The Way of the Sword: New Insights on Bronze Age Fighting Practices.CANCELLED, now rearranged for 27 January 2021. Andrea 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, 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, and there is a summary in News Bulletin 70.

26 Aug, online Monthly Meeting, The Maddison Monument in Newcastle Cathedral, Or The Multiple Meanings of Material Culture, Professor Jeremy Boulton (Newcastle University). There is a summary in News Bulletin 70.

30 Sept, Monthly Meeting, Susanna Phillippo, Airy citadels, tyrannous cacti, Mycenae’s astonishing stones: Belsay Hall and Sir Charles Monck’s travel diaries, Her handout is now on the Members' Section of our website. There is a summary in News Bulletin 70.

15 Oct, Virtual Coffee House Seminar, Benjamin Westwood, Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme for County Durham, Darlington, and Teesside, talking about his experience during lockdown, followed by a live Questions and Answers.

28 Oct, Monthly Meeting,Transforming Bede’s World: a journey in experimental archaeology, Dr Marco Romeo Pitone (Newcastle University).There is a summary in News Bulletin 70.

11 Nov, 6.00, Virtual Public Lecture, The Crack in the Ice: Gender and the 1870 Married Women’s Property Act, Professor Robert Morris (Edinburgh University). This was a reinstatement of our planned Public Lecture, held in conjunction with Newcastle University’s Insights Lecture series, which was cancelled at the beginning of the lockdown.There is a summary in News Bulletin 70.

25 Nov, 6.00, monthly meeting, A Journey to the East - The history of Queen Zenobia of Palmyra, and the connection between Palmyra and Northumbria, Richard Beleson

4 Dec, 6.00  Our first-ever Quiz Night, held on-line with Zoom. 25 people took part, including at least one from across the Atlantic. Thanks to Marta Alberti for hosting, and to Katie Mountain for the screenshot of participants



11 Dec, 10.30-12.00, joint Round Table event between the Society and the Medieval and Early Modern Studies network at Newcastle University. Intended to provide tasters of some of the research work that has been going despite lockdown.

16 Dec, 6.00, Virtual'Coffee House Seminar, Return to Nova Zembla, speaker Matthew Eyre.

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