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Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Decorations of the Highest Class': Insights from the Cowtan & Sons' Wallpaper Archive, 1824-1938, at the V&A' by Wendy Andrews
Monday 3rd February 2020 at 6pm
LG17, Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.
https://www.camantsoc.org/event/3rd-february-2020/

Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'From Neolithic to Saxon: Evolution of a North Cambridgeshire Landscape' by Tony Walsh (Headland Archaeology)
Monday 3rd February 2020 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
The A14 improvement project triggered one of the most extensive ever archaeological excavations. MOLA Headland Infrastructure employed some 250 archaeologists to dig more than 40 separate excavation areas spanning 350 hectares, uncovering new information about how the landscape was used over 6,000 years, and about the origins of the villages and towns along the route. Prehistoric henge monuments, barrows and cremation cemeteries. Iron Age farms. A Roman supply depot and multiple kilns. Saxon settlements including timber buildings. The list of finds is huge. With the investigation phase completed, post excavation analysis is proceeding on multiple fronts. This talk will provide an update on the what this unique project can tell us about the evolution of the north Cambridgeshire landscape from Neolithic to Saxon times.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/from-neolithic-to-saxon-evolution-of-a-north-cambridgeshire-landscape/

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Excavations of an 18th Century Farmhouse in Wimpole, Cambs' by Mike Coles (CAFG Fieldwork Coordinator)
Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
This will be a report on the results of the Group's excavations of walls discovered in a service trench, which turned out to be an 18th century house with a medieval predecessor.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
http://www.cafg.net/item.aspx?id=497

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'St Neots - Famous for Who and What?' by Sue Jarrett
Friday 7th February 2020 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
http://stneotslhs.org.uk/#/2020-programme/4594727738

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Medieval northern journeys: From Arctic and mountain hunting grounds to Eastern England and beyond’ by James Barrett (McDonald Institute)
Thursday 13th February 2020 at 7:30pm
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge, CB24 8UA
All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
https://feagblog.wordpress.com/events-for-2020/

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Bronze Age Settlement in East Anglia' by Nick Gilmour (OA East)
Monday 17th February 2020 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
https://hiarchaeology.wordpress.com/hiag-talks-programme-2019-2020/

FenArch - Monthly Talk
'The Monuments of Easter Island' by Prof Colin Richards (University of the Highlands and Islands)
Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech PE13 1NB
Professor Colin Richards will be travelling down from Orkney to speak to us about the monuments of Easter Island (Rapa Nui). Colin is one of the UK's leading experts on the Neolithic having carried out work in Orkney since the 1980s and also on Durrington Walls near Stonehenge. In more recent years he has spent many summers in the South Pacific to help with heritage and archaeological work.
Admission: All welcome (members free, non members £3), but booking is essential at info@fenarch.org.uk or text full name and number of seats to: ‭07765 172450‬
https://www.fenarch.org.uk/events/

St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'St Neots 1949: A Snapshot in Time (Part 2)' by Rodney Todman
Friday 3rd January 2020 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)

 

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Peterborough Abbey in 1116' by Jackie Hall
Monday 6th January 2020 at 6pm
The Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, 25 West Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9EF
In 1116, most of Peterborough Abbey and town burned down. The church was one of the last Anglo-Saxon great churches still standing, two generations after the conquest. Almost eight centuries later, it was rediscovered, along with a substantial assemblage of early stonework, stratigraphically below the Norman church, which was well-recorded but mostly unpublished. Recent work for the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture has rediscovered this assemblage, although only relatively few of the stones are clearly Anglo-Saxon on a stylistic basis. The stones can be used to address matters such as the zoning of burials, 11th-century architecture and the relationship between building and sculpture at Peterborough, while more of the abbey can be seen in a series of unpublished excavations of the 1970’s and 80’s. All in all, it’s possible to establish a more secure idea of one of the most important Benedictine abbeys in 11th-century England, prior to its destruction in 1116.
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.
http://www.camantsoc.org/events.html

Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Georgian Peterborough' by Stuart Orme
Monday 6th January 2020 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
The Georgian period is a neglected part of Peterborough’s past, overshadowed by nearby Stamford’s 18th century streets. This talk reveals how Peterborough was not quite the backwater we might expect and looks at some of our surviving and missing Georgian buildings. Hear some of our stories from this period – how we ended up on a ‘Grand Tour’, attracted one of the country’s best-known artists and why bells saved a local MPs life…
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/georgian-peterborough/

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'Ramsey Abbey the Anarchy and the enigma of Burwell Castle" at Wimpole' by Bill Franklin
Wednesday 8th January 2020 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
http://www.cafg.net/item.aspx?id=497

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Roman to Saxon in East Anglia: the archaeological evidence' by Catherine Hills
Monday 13th January 2020 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
https://hiarchaeology.wordpress.com/hiag-talks-programme-2019-2020/
 
CANCELLED Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
(as of 14th January) This evening’s talk has had to be postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
We hope to rearrange the talk and will inform you of the details as soon as possible.
'Under the fen, under the sand: excavating prehistoric land surfaces' by Lesley McFadyen
Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Willingham Baptist Church,
All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
https://feagblog.wordpress.com/
 
FenArch - Talk
'Excavation of two historic air crashes' by Anthony Haskins (Oxford Archaeology East)
Wednesday 22nd January 2020 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NBAlthough he usually works on conventional archaeological sites, Anthony has a special interest in researching Aviation Archaeology and his presentation will feature the excavation of Spitfire X4593 flown by Pilot Officer Harold Penketh of 266 Squadron, which dived into Holme Fen on 22nd Nov. 1940. The talk will also briefly cover a second aircraft, a Mustang, P51-D ‘Ellie May’ which crashed at RAF Station Rackheath in Norfolk.
Admission: All welcome (members free, non members £3), but booking is essential at info@fenarch.org.uk or text full name and number of seats to: ‭07765 172450‬
http://www.fenarch.org.uk/2018-19-speaker-programme/
St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'Stained Glass in Huntingdonshire' by Stephen Day
Friday 1st November 2019 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
In 2017 Reverend Stephen Day embarked on an ambitious project – to photograph and research the stained glass windows of every parish church in Ely Diocese – all 1,175 of them! Hear about the human stories behind these splendid works of art, commemorating people and events – some sad, some historic, some individual, some community, some local, some national.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
 

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Results from the A14 Excavations' by Emma Jeffery and Tony Walsh
Monday 4th November 2019 at 6pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
Members of the Society are welcome to bring guests; junior members of the University are welcome at all meetings.
http://www.camantsoc.org/events.html

Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Secret Peterborough' by June & Vernon Bull
Monday 4th November 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
Peterborough’s history stretches back many centuries and much is well documented. In this talk local historians June and Vernon Bull explore some of the lesser-known episodes and characters in the city’s past. Expect tales of remarkable characters, unusual events and tucked-away historical buildings. Local historians, June and Vernon Bull have published several books about Peterborough history. “Secret Peterborough” is their most recent.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/peterborough-cathedral-back-from-the-flames/

Warboys Local History Society - Monthly Talk
'Romans and Saxons at Farriers Way, Warboys' by Stephen Macaulay (OA East)
Monday 4th November 2019 at 7:30pm
Methodist Church, 35 High St, Warboys, Huntingdon, PE28 2TA
Reviewing the discoveries made by Oxford Archaeology East during a seven-month excavation at Farriers Ways, Warboys.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3)
 
Peterborough Museum - Talk
'Hoards: A Hidden History' by Eleanor Ghey (British Museum)
Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 7:30pm
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
Eleanor will talk about the objects chosen for the ‘Hoards’ exhibition and what they mean. This British Museum exhibition has toured the British Isles and completes its journey here at the Peterborough Museum.
Pre-booking essential. Tickets are £6 and available to purchase from Peterborough Museum reception by calling 01733 864663 or online on our website: vivacity.org/heritage-booking
Please get in touch if you or your organisation have any news or events to circulate to the Jigsaw Community Archaeology bulletin.
 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Bog Bodies: The 2000 year old mystery of Lindow Man' by Jody Joy (MAA)
Monday 18th November 2019 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
 
Peterborough Museum - Talk
'Roman Durobrivae and the Water Newton Treasure' by Stephen Upex
Thursday 21st November 2019 at 7:30pm
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
Stephen updates us on the latest archaeological investigations carried out at the local Roman town of Durobrivae. What is the significance of the hoards found here and what does the latest evidence tell us about the Durobrivae story?
Pre-booking essential. Tickets are £6 and available to purchase from Peterborough Museum reception by calling 01733 864663 or online on our website: vivacity.org/heritage-booking
 

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Conference
'Recent Archaeology in the Cambridgeshire Region'
Saturday 23rd November 2019
Programme to be confirmed. More information will be available on the Cambridge Antiquarian Society website in due course: https://www.camantsoc.org/conferences/

Longstowe History Society - Talk
“Must Farm - Life in the Bronze Age Fens”. An illustrated talk by Iona Robinson.
Tuesday 26th November 2019, 7.30 for 8pm
Longstowe Village Hall, School Lane, Longstowe.
All welcome (members free, non members £3)
Refreshments included

FenArch - Talk
'Egyptian Coffins' by Helen Strudwick (Fitzwilliam Musem)
Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech, PE13 1NB
Admission: All welcome (members free, non members £3), but booking is essential at info@fenarch.org.uk or text full name and number of seats to: ‭07765 172450‬
https://www.fenarch.org.uk/2018-19-speaker-programme/

Peterborough Museum - Talk
'The Mildenhall Treasure: fine dining in Roman Britain' by Richard Hobbs (British Museum)
Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 7:30pm
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
This large hoard of Roman silver vessels of the fourth century AD, is one of the most iconic finds from Roman Britain. This discovery became an overnight sensation when it was first displayed at the British Museum in 1946 and has since remained hugely popular.
Pre-booking essential. Tickets are £6 and available to purchase from Peterborough Museum reception by calling 01733 864663 or online on our website: vivacity.org/heritage-booking

Eltisley History Society - Monthly Talk
'Enclosure in Cambridgeshire and changes to Eltisley fields from medieval times to 1886' by Bill Franklin
Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 7:45pm
The Cade Pavilion, The Green, Eltisley, Saint Neots PE19 6TN
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3)
 

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk & AGM
‘Seeing the unseen: research into ancient Egyptian funerary culture at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge’ by Melanie Pitkin (Fitzwilliam Museum)
Thursday 28th November 2019 at 7:30pm
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College, High St, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8UA
To many people, an ancient Egyptian coffin is a mysterious container made to hold a mummified body, thousands of years old. They are often decorated with strange looking gods and enigmatic hieroglyphic signs. This decoration and text can sometimes tell us much about who the owner was. Techniques, such as CT-scanning and X-radiography to examine coffins, are now revealing unprecedented insights into how coffins were made, opening up a whole new way of thinking about the ancient Egyptian funerary industry and beliefs in the afterlife. This talk will focus on some fascinating finds made on coffins from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection. Melanie Pitkin is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Egyptian Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Melanie has worked on several archaeological digs and travelled extensively throughout Egypt.
All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
https://feagblog.wordpress.com/events-for-2019/

 

A belated happy 40th anniversary to the Cambridge Archaeology Field Group and happy 10th anniversary to the Fenland Archaeological Society (FenArch)! Both societies celebrated their anniversaries last month. 
 

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk
'Dear Mother and All: The WWI Letters of Stanley Parker of Rampton' by Alison Dickens
Monday 2nd December 2019 at 6pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.
http://www.camantsoc.org/events.html

 
Warboys Local History Society - Monthly Talk
'Must Farm - New Discoveries by Mark Knight (CAU)
Monday 2nd December 2019 at 7:30pm
Methodist Church, 35 High St, Warboys, Huntingdon, PE28 2TA
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3)
 

Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Peakirk Unwrapped: The archaeology of a Fen-edge settlement' by Avril Lumley Prior
Monday 9th December 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
Peakirk is known for its association with St Pega, who reputedly founded a hermitage there and gave the settlement its place-name [‘Pega’s church’]. Whilst Peakirk’s history is sporadically-documented from the eleventh-century onwards, archaeological evidence indicates that the area first was colonised by Neolithic folk and that there was almost-continuous activity in the heart of the present village from the Romano-British period onwards.This talk unveils Peakirk’s story through a combination of archaeology, architecture, topography, maps, photographs and written sources. It also features the work of PAST [Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team], an independent, self-funding group, whose recent projects have included re-plotting the route of the Roman watercourse, the Car Dyke, dispelling the ‘tradition’ of a Romano-British villa, rediscovering ‘lost’ buildings and revealing more about Peakirk’s diverse and secret heritage. Dr Avril Lumley Prior developed an interest in Anglo-Saxon history during her childhood in Sunderland. After accepting a teaching post in Peterborough, in 1970, she transferred her attention from Northumbrian to Mercian studies. Upon her early retirement in 1995, Avril attained an MA and a PhD on historically-based subjects, both at Leicester University. She is currently conducting research in and around Peakirk and regularly presents and publishes her findings. With her husband, Greg, she is a founder member of PAST [Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team].
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/peakirk-unwrapped-the-archaeology-of-a-fen-edge-settlement/

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Excavating Medieval cemeteries in Cambridgeshire: the After the Plague project and rural/village sites’ by Craig Cessford (CAU)
Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at 7:15pm
Landbeach Village Hall, Green End, Landbeach, Cambs, CB25 9FG
Craig Cessford has worked in archaeology in Cambridgeshire for over 20 years with a particular focus on medieval and later urban archaeology. He is currently both a senior project officer with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and a co-investigator on the After the Plague project at the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. His current research includes a study of the excavations of a number of rural cemeteries in Cambridgeshire from the Early Anglo-Saxon to Post-Medieval periods.
All welcome. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.
https://feagblog.wordpress.com/events-for-2019/
 
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly Talk
'The Weird and Wonderful World of the Romans' by Paddy Lambert (OA East)
Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge - Parking is available on site from Tennis Court Road.
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
http://www.cafg.net/item.aspx?id=497
 
St Neots Local History Society - Monthly talk
'David Parr House, Cambridge' by Tamsin Wimhurst
Friday 4th October 2019 at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
Behind an unremarkable door of an unremarkable terraced house in a quiet corner of Cambridge hides an artistic treasure.
David Parr House is a modest residence but holds an exceptional painted interior. Its walls and ceilings are decorated with beautifully patterned designs that would not be out of place in a Victorian church or an Arts & Crafts home. Until recently, the house was only known to few people, but a project is now underway to uncover the secrets of this extraordinary place.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3.00)
 

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly Talk (jointly with the Prehistoric Society)
'Long Before Brexit' by Alison Sheridan
Monday 7th October 2019 at 6pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
The question of immigration has been at the front of people’s minds as the Brexit ‘situation’ unfolds (or rather, unravels). It has also come to the fore in contemporary archaeology, as a way of explaining cultural and economic change that had suffered from several decades of rejection. What has brought it back onto the table is the result of isotopic and, above all, ancient DNA analysis – the latter helping us to find out who we are and from where we came. This lecture will examine the current debate about human migration as it relates to two major changes in British and Irish prehistory: first, the appearance of a farming way of life around 4000 BC, and secondly, the appearance of metalworking know-how and a host of other Continental novelties during the 25th century BC.
Members of the Society are welcome to bring guests; junior members of the University are welcome at all meetings.
http://www.camantsoc.org/events.html

Fane Road Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Anglo-Saxon Fenland' by Sue Ooothuizen (University of Cambridge)
Monday 7th October 2019 at 7pm
The Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 2AS
Archaeologies and histories of the fens of eastern England, continue to suggest, explicitly or by implication, that the early medieval fenland was dominated by the activities of north-west European colonists in a largely empty landscape. Using existing and new evidence and arguments, Prof Oosthuizen offers another interpretation.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £5).
https://peterborougharchaeology.org/event/anglo-saxon-fenland/

Warboys Local History Society - Monthly Talk
'House of Spies' by Roger Leivers
Monday 7th October 2019 at 7:30pm
Methodist Church, High Street, Warboys
Come and hear renowned local historian Roger Leivers talk about the role that Farm Hall played in the second world war, its chequered and fascinating use as an SOE (Special Operations Executive) training centre.
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3)
 
Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly Talk
'Wimpole Iron Age and Roman Site - who were the Romano British?' by Paddy Lambert (OA East)
Monday 14th October 2019 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Open to all. Members free and visitors £3, accompanied children free. Refreshments available.
 
Peterborough Museum - Talk
'Hoards at Bradley Fen and Must Farm in the Bronze Age' by Mark Knight (CAU)
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 7:30pm
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
Talking about the metalwork hoards from Bradley Fen and Must Farm - Mark brings together the wider Flag Fen Basin story of how our Bronze Age ancestors were living in the local area.
Pre-booking essential. Tickets are £6 and available to purchase from Peterborough Museum reception by calling 01733 864663 or online on our website: vivacity.org/heritage-booking
 
Peterborough Museum - Talk
'Snettisham Iron Age Hoards' by Jody Joy (MAA)
Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at 7:30pm
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
The ‘Snettisham Treasure’ found in Norfolk, forms the largest deposit of gold, silver and bronze artefacts dating from the Iron Age found in Europe. Jody will explain what a ‘hoard’ means and explain examples from Snettisham.
Pre-booking essential. Tickets are £6 and available to purchase from Peterborough Museum reception by calling 01733 864663 or online on our website: vivacity.org/heritage-booking 
 
Eltisley History Society - Monthly Talk
'Beer and Spirits - Tales of local haunted hostelries' by Julie and Trevor Bounford
Wednesday 23rd 2019 at 7:45pm
The Cade Pavilion, The Green, Eltisley, Saint Neots PE19 6TN
All welcome (Members: Free; Non-members: £3)