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Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Peterborough Cathedral - Back from the Flames' by Nicholas Drewett
Monday 2nd September 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
The talk is about Peterborough Cathedral’s recovery from the 2001 fire and the job of cleaning and restoration. Nick Drewett was Head Verger of Peterborough Cathedral for 24 years before retiring 4 years ago.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/peterborough-cathedral-back-from-the-flames/
 
Warboys Local History Society - Monthly Talk
'All that Glisters: Anglo Saxons, Beds and Gold' by Alison Dickens
Monday 2nd September 2019 at 7:30pm
Methodist Church, 35 High St, Warboys, Huntingdon, PE28 2TA
Looking at the phenomenon of bed burials in early Saxon England focussing on the recent discovery at Trumpington Meadows in Cambridgeshire.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3)
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Searching for the Anglo-Norman criminal: how the Conquest affected capital punishment and deviant burial practices’ by Alyx Mattison
Thursday 5th September 2019 at 7:15pm
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
In this talk Alyx will present some of the highlights of her research on the archaeological and historical evidence for changes in judicial punishment and the funerary treatment of criminals evident around the time of the Conquest and explore the possible motivating factors. Alyx Mattison is interested in the funerary archaeology and judicial history of early medieval England, in particular the Norman Conquest. She recently completed her PhD on this topic at the University of Sheffield, using evidence from both historical documentation and previously excavated cemeteries from the late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman periods.
All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
https://feagblog.wordpress.com/events-for-2019/
 
St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'The Great North Road and Eaton Socon' by Sue Jarrett
Friday 6th September 2019 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
Discover how the Great North Road brought wealth to the village and parish of Eaton Socon, and how it brought opportunities to the residents in exploring the rest of Britain and the world. Find out how the coaching inns suffered when the railways arrived and the effect that the 20th century A1 bypass had on the once self-sufficient settlement.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)

 

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Windows into the Distant Past: Iron Age coins and what they tell us about the Celtic peoples' by Rodney Scarle
Monday 9th September 2019 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
What was it like to live in Celtic Iron Age Britain before the Romans came? Rodney Scarle has had a particular long term interest in Iron Age Coins. He volunteers at the Norris Museum, St Ives.  Through his interest, he will help to shed light on the shadowy world of tribal life in the Late Iron Age, covering coin evolution, production, design, legends, imagery and use. There will be a bonus of a coin display on the night.
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.

Heritage Open Days
Friday 13th - Sunday 22nd September 2019
Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.
 
Sawtry History Society - Heritage Open Days
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September 2019 (11am - 4pm each day)
Old Lock Up, The Green, Sawtry, Huntingdon, PE28 5SS
There will be a heritage exhibition at the Old School by Sawtry History Society with refreshments available. Heritage blue plaques will be put up on the Old School Hall, the Old Fire Station and the Old Lock Up by Sawtry Parish Council. Come to the Old Lock Up on the Green and see what it would have been like in Victorian times when it was a jail and see some of Sawtry's archaeological finds.

Landscape Survey Group - Conference
Friday 13th - Saturday 14th September 2019

The Landscape Survey Group’s 5th annual conference will combine a day of presentations and discussion with a fieldtrip to Breckland landscapes. Registration is available for the full programme (£25 members, £30 non-members) or Friday conference only, including lunch (£20 members, £25 non-members). Registration forms and membership forms are available from the group's website or by email from landscapesurveygroup@gmail.com For more information about the conference including the full programme, visit their website: http://landscapesurvey.org/?page_id=795

Heritage, Culture & Community - Stonea Camp Open Day
Sunday 22nd September 2019 10am - 4pm
Stonea Camp, Wimblington, March PE15 0DX
Explore the lowest lying 'hill fort' in the British Isles and its connection to the Roman conquest of the Iceni territories. Acitivies will include Roman and Iron Age re-enactors and guided tours of the site.
Free to all.
 
Eltisley History Society - Monthly Talk
'A Desktop Tour of London's Blackfriars' by Ken Drake
Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 7:45pm
The Cade Pavilion, The Green, Eltisley, Saint Neots PE19 6TN
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3)
 
CBA East - Conference
Archaeology in the East: Celebrating the CBA's 75th Anniversary
Saturday 28th September 2019 10am - 5pm
Ipswich IP-City Centre, 1 Bath Street, Ipswich, IP2 8SD
Join CBA East to hear about some of the most significant Archaeological Discoveries and Research from across the Eastern Region. Programme and booking details in the attached PDF. For further information please contact cbaeast@archaeologyuk.org
Advance booking required. Lunch included in ticket price (£20 for CBA East members/£25 for non-members). If you would like to have a stall or display at the conference to showcase or promote your activities please contact Alice Lyons  alice.lyons1@ntlworld.com 
 
Peterborough Museum - Exhibition
Hoards: A hidden history of ancient Britain
12th October - 15th December 2019 (10am - 4pm daily)
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
People have been placing metalwork and valuable objects in the ground and in water since the Bronze Age (c. 2200–800 BC). The exhibition looks at the varied and changing explanations for the burial and non-recovery of hoards. Whether accidentally lost or stolen, discarded as worthless, saved for recycling, hidden for safekeeping, or offered as gifts for the gods, their stories continue to fascinate. It will showcase recent discoveries of hoards reported through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure Act and brings together objects from the British Museum and Salisbury Museum, including the spectacular Ipswich Iron Age gold torcs and other Bronze Age finds from places such as Must Farm and Ely.
A British Museum and Salisbury Museum Partnership Exhibition, supported by the Dorset Foundation. Following on from the success of the Hoards display at the British Museum in 2016, this partnership exhibition has visited museums across the UK as part of the British Museum's National Programmes to display and highlight prehistoric, Roman, early medieval and later hoards. Peterborough is the last venue to show this amazing collection of finds, so please take the opportunity to visit whilst they are still available to enjoy!
To coincide with this exhibition, Peterborough Museum are running a series of exciting talks at the Museum. Tickets are £6 per talk and are available to purchase from Peterborough Museum reception by calling 01733 864663 or online: https://vivacity.org/heritage-booking
FREE (except for special event days)
Ramsey Abbey Community Project - Medieval Weekend
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August 2019 10am - 4pm each day
Abbey Road, Hollow Ln, Ramsey PE26 1DG
This open weekend takes place during the second of two seasons of excavation undertaken by Ramsey Abbey Community Project at Abbey College in Ramsey. Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, there will be free guided tours of the site by members of the Ramsey Abbey Community Project as well as hands-on activities and displays be re-enactors. There will also be free entry to Ramsey Abbey gatehouse, the medieval Lady Chapel and the Walled Kitchen Garden. Refreshments and toilets available.
 
Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Norfolk Trip
Saturday 24th August 2019
Meet at the Church of St Mary, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Swaffham, at 11am (http://www.saintmaryschurch.uk/)
Meet at Caistor Roman Town at 3pm (https://www.norfarchtrust.org.uk/project/caistor-roman-town/)
A church has stood on the site of St Mary’s for over 1,000 years. The well-preserved 13th century wall paintings are the most striking feature of  the church. They show a very rare image of the Holy Trinity – the earliest known example of a wall painting showing this subject in Europe and most likely unique in Britain. The church is a Grade 1 listed building and still occasionally used for services. Caistor Roman Town also known as Venta Icenorum, was the largest Roman town in East Anglia. It has been studied in detail in a project led by Will Bowden of the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the Norfolk Archaeological Trust (who own the site).
Places are limited and if you would like to attend you must book. Please contact Vicki Harley via vicki.harley@care4free.net 
The cost will be £5 for St Mary’s and £2 for Caistor Roman Town. Further details of where to meet and suggestions for where to have lunch will be sent to those who book.
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Heritage Open Days
Friday 13th - Sunday 22nd September 2019
Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.
 
Landscape Survey Group - Conference
Friday 13th - Saturday 14th September 2019

The Landscape Survey Group’s 5th annual conference will combine a day of presentations and discussion with a fieldtrip to Breckland landscapes. Registration is available for the full programme (£25 members, £30 non-members) or Friday conference only, including lunch (£20 members, £25 non-members). Registration forms and membership forms are available from the group's website or by email from landscapesurveygroup@gmail.com For more information about the conference including the full programme, visit their website: http://landscapesurvey.org/?page_id=795

 
CBA East - Conference
Archaeology in the East: Celebrating the CBA's 75th Anniversary
Saturday 28th September 2019 10am - 5pm
Ipswich IP-City Centre, 1 Bath Street, Ipswich, IP2 8SD
Join CBA East to hear about some of the most significant Archaeological Discoveries and Research from across the Eastern Region. Programme and booking details in the attached PDF. For further information please contact cbaeast@archaeologyuk.org
Advance booking required. Lunch included in ticket price (£20 for CBA East members/£25 for non-members).
 
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Exhibition
A Survival Story – Prehistoric Life at Star Carr
(Ongoing) 20 June 201830 December 2019
TuesdaySaturday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 12.00 noon – 4:30 p.m.
MAA, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ
The mysterious 11,000-year-old headdresses, found at the Mesolithic site of Star Carr in Yorkshire are just such an example.
exhibition which focusses on the remarkable discoveries made at Star Carr. 11,000 years ago, Star Carr was situated on the shore of a lake. The lake has long since dried up, but some areas are still waterlogged, preserving bone, antler and wooden objects and providing us with a unique perspective of Mesolithic life.
Admission free

CBA East have organised a conference to celebrate the Council for British Archaeology's 75th anniversary, taking place in Ipswich on Saturday 28th September 2019. This conference will showcase a selection of significant archaeological sites and research projects in the region from recent years. Several of the speakers are based in Cambridgeshire and will be talking about sites in the county. This includes presentations by Mark Knight and Craig Cessford of Cambridge Archaeological Unit talking about the Must Farm Bronze Age settlement and the Medieval hospital cemetery found at St John's College in Cambridge, respectively. Liz Popescu of Oxford Archaeology East will present the discoveries of Stoke Quay in Ipswich and Sarah Inskip of the University of Cambridge will talk about her research into leprosy in squirrels.

The full programme and details of how to book can be found in this PDF. For further information please contact cbaeast@archaeologyuk.org

 

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'People and Places from the Past of Histon and Impington' by David Oates
Monday 1st July 2019 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Using pictures from his family’s archive, David will introduce us to some more of the many individuals who have left their mark on the villages over the years, among them William Robinson, Ray Woodward, Douglas Bowles and Jordan Ison.
Going much further back he will examine whether archaeologists have unearthed enough evidence to see whether King Peada of Mercia lived in the village in 650 AD. We shall hear from the Histon poet William Youngman and we shall get a new angle on the Impington heroine Elizabeth Woodcock.
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
https://hiarchaeology.wordpress.com/whats-next/hiag-talks-programme-2018-2019/

CBA - Festival of Archaeology
Saturday 13th - Sunday 28th July 2019
The Festival of Archaeology is a showcase of archaeology in the UK and is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The theme of the festival is archaeology, science and technology.
For more information and to search events taking place nationwide, visit: https://festival.archaeologyuk.org/

Chatteris Museum - Talk
'Anglo-Saxon Chatteris - Have we found a king?' by Ian Mason
Thursday 18th July 2019 at 7pm
Chatteris Museum, 14 Church Ln, Chatteris PE16 6JA
In 1757 workmen repairing the London Road at Ferry Hill, Chatteris found an Anglo-Saxon tumulus grave, identified by the antiquarian William Stukeley. Chatteris Museum have an exhibition of 6th century objects from Cambridgeshire to replicate the the grave goods found at Ferry Hill. Besides the original claw beakers, they have artefacts on loan from the British Museum, Oxford Archaeology East, March and Wisbech Museums. Ian Mason will talk about what is known about the disocvery of the grave and what analysis of the claw beaker has revealed.
Free to attend. Booking is recommended (07979 334884). Free refreshments provided, donations at your discretion.
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Oxford Archaeology East - Open Event
A Roman Settlement in Warboys
Saturday 20th July 2019 10am - 2pm
Warboys Methodist Church, 35 High St, Warboys, Huntingdon PE28 2TA
Last autumn and winter, OA East excavated a four-hectare site on the outskirts of Warboys which had evidence for near continuous settlement from the late Iron Age through to the early Anglo-Saxon period. This free drop-in event is open to all members of the public to see the finds and meet the archaeologists involved in the excavation. The event will include family-friendly hands-on actvities. Refreshments will be available courtesy of the Warboys Methodist Church.
https://oxfordarchaeology.com/community-training/events

CBA East - Tour
Caister Roman Town, Norfolk
Saturday 20th July 2019 at 12 noon
This event will be a gentle walking tour of the town walls (1.5kms) guided by local archaeologist and Roman specialist Alice Lyons. Meet at the main car park in Caistor St. Edmunds (if full can park in church car park). Details on how to get there: https://www.norfarchtrust.org.uk/caistor The tour will break at 1.30pm for lunch and optional Cream Tea in the parish church of Caistor St. Edmunds (within the Roman town). If there is sufficient interest following the cream tea/lunch Alice will continue the tour at 2.15pm which will include a view of the Tas Valley, the possible watersource for the town, the location of a Roman temple and newly discovered villa (2km). The tour will conclude at approximately 3pm.
Please bring packed lunch and drinks and ensure suitable footwear (boots or sturdy shoes advised). Please book for this tour before 1st July 2019 in order to reserve a cream tea. Send your booking to Aileen Connor aileenconnor705@btinternet.com please indicate number of people in your party, whether you would like to book for a cream tea (£4 per head payable on the day to the parish church) and whether you would be interested in staying for the second part of the tour.
This event is free for members of CBA East or £4 payable on the day.

Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum - Archaeology Activities Day
Thursday 25th July 2019 1 - 5pm
Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum, Ely Rd, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PQ
Be an archaeologist for the day with our family activities as part of the national Festival of Archaeology 2019. Activities run from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. The museum is open from 11:00am and our Docky Box tea room opens at 12:00pm for light lunches. Or bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds of the Abbey.
Normal admission prices apply, but we ask for a small donation for craft activities to cover materials.
https://www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk/?event=festival-of-archaeology-childrens-event

Ramsey Abbey Community Project - Medieval Weekend
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August 2019 10am - 4pm each day
Abbey Road, Hollow Ln, Ramsey PE26 1DG
This open weekend takes place during the second of two seasons of excavation undertaken by Ramsey Abbey Community Project at Abbey College in Ramsey. Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, there will be free guided tours of the site by members of the Ramsey Abbey Community Project as well as hands-on activities and displays be re-enactors. 
https://ramseyabbeyresearch.org.uk/

Heritage Open Days
Friday 13th - Sunday 22nd September 2019
Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

CBA East - Conference
Archaeology in the East: Celebrating the CBA's 75th Anniversary
Saturday 28th September 2019 10am - 5pm
Ipswich IP-City Centre, 1 Bath Street, Ipswich, IP2 8SD
Join CBA East to hear about some of the most significant Archaeological Discoveries and Research from across the Eastern Region. Programme and booking details in this PDF. For further information please contact cbaeast@archaeologyuk.org
Advance booking required. Lunch included in ticket price (£20 for CBA East members/£25 for non-members).


Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Paradis Found? Archaeology of Bahrain' by Michael Olney
Monday 3rd June 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/paradise-found-archaeology-of-bahrain/

Huntingdonshire Archives - Book Launch
'The Singing Milkmaid - Life in Post-Restoration Huntingdonshire'
Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 2pm
Huntingdon Library and Archives, Princes St, Huntingdon PE29 3PA
To celebrate the reopening of Huntingdonshire Archives in June 2019, the authors of a new book ‘The Singing Milkmaids’ will be giving a free illustrated talk. An exhibition of archives used in researching this new history of the county will be on display in the newly opened archives. Signed copies of the new book will be available for purchase.
All welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Snailwell: A Late Iron Age Elite Burial from Southern England' by Jody Joy (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
In 1952 a well-furnished cremation burial was discovered by accident during the construction of a new housing estate at Snailwell, Cambridgeshire. Some objects from the grave are well known, such as the beautiful spiral bracelet with its fearsome animal-headed terminals. But others which tell us a lot about the grave occupant, like the belt buckle thought from a Roman military belt, are not. In this presentation, Jody Joy will discuss his recent work re-examining these artefacts, telling the story of this fascinating burial.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
http://www.cafg.net/item.aspx?id=440

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly Talk
'The Great Northern Railway through St Neots' by George Howe
Friday 7th June 2019 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
In this talk George will reveal the origins and fascinating history of the Great Northern Railway, its route, and how it evolved into the southern part of the East Coast Main Line.
But how did all this affect St Neots Station and goods yard? And how did the town cope with the consequent growth in traffic over the years? Come along to find out.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
http://stneotslhs.org.uk/#/2019-programme/4594476047

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Sites in a landscape: ongoing investigations at Northstowe' by Alison Dickens
Friday 14th June 2019 at 7:30pm
Rampton Village Hall
The Cambridge Archaeological Unit excavations are continuing at the New Town of Northstowe. Project leader Alison Dickens will update about the latest findings on the large Iron Age and Roman settlement site (almost 1km long) on the airfield, and give a brief preview of the newest areas of investigation. The site, which is larger than Roman Cambridge, has produced thousands of artefacts providing evidence of the settlement, its industry, trade, religion and domestic life. Alison is a senior manager at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and has been investigating the archaeology of Cambridgeshire for over 25 years. She lives in Rampton.
All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
https://feagblog.wordpress.com/events-for-2019/

St Neots Local History Society - Additional Talk
'Love's Farm Excavation Update' by Mark Hinman (Pre-Construct Archaeology)
Friday 14th June 2019 at 7:30pm
Loves Farm House, Kester Way, St Neots, PE19 6SL (NOTE: Parking is limited at Loves Farm House. If possible, please use public transport (it is next to the railway station) or car share)
Mark has updated the Society on progress with the excavations and post-excavation work on a number of occasions but now the final report on this nationally important project has recently been published. Hear the latest about the largest archaeological operation ever to be undertaken in St Neots.
All welcome. Tickets £5 from St Neots Museum (01480 214163) or on the door (subject to availability).
http://stneotslhs.org.uk/#/2019-programme/4594476047
 
15th - 16th June 2019
Cathedral Square, Peterborough, PE1 1XH
The UK's largest multi-period city centre living history festival. This year it returns to Cathedral Square in Peterborough city centre for another year of traditional family fun.

Wimpole History Festival 2019
20th - 23rd June 2019
Wimpole Estate, Arrington, SG8 0BW
Booking has opened for events taking place during the third annual Wimpole History Festival at the National Trust's Wimpole Estate. Advance booking is required for many of the talks and activities. One of the talks will be on 'Investigations of the Roman Landscape at Wimpole' by the National Trust's archaeologist, Shannon Hogan, reviewing the finds of OA East's excavations at Lamp Hill last year.
http://www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com/

Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group - Seminar
'A Norfolk Miscellany: A Day of Norfolk Local History Talks'
Saturday 22nd June 2019 10am - 5pm
Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
This will be a day of talks on various aspects of Norfolk's local history, aimed not only at our members but also at interested members of the public. Talk topics include Seahenge, Medieval graffiti, monastic archaeology, Broadland heritage and the impact of USAAF airfields on the landscape. The late local historian Chris Barringer's long-awaited book 'A Norfolk History' is about to be launched and will be on sale.
Members: £20 and Non-Members: £24 (including lectures, refreshments and buffet lunch). To book email enquiries@nahrg.org.uk or ring 01953 453915.

Friends of St Mary's Church, Godmanchester - Book Launch
'The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester - A History' by Ken Sneath
Saturday 22nd June 2019 at 7pm
The launch of a new book, which has been written for all with an interest in the history of the Parish Church, not just for the church or its members! An illustrated talk by the author and historian, Ken Sneath and another on 'The Roman Secrets of Godmanchester' by Kate Hadley. There will be lots of delicious food, wine and raffle.
Tickets £10 from: Kate Hadley 01480 454154; Ken Sneath 01480 450686; Sue Worthington 01480 411242; adrian@sington.co.uk (All profits to the Transformation Project).

Festival of Archaeology 2019
13th - 28th July 2019
A national festival of events to showcase the work of archaeologists and archaeological discoveries. It is being coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations in 2019. For more information and to discover events taking place,
http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/