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assemblage of early stonework, stratigraphically below the Norman church, which was well-recorded but mostly unpublished.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and the relationship between building and sculpture at Peterborough, while more of the abbey can be seen in a series of unpublished excavations of the 1970’s and 80’s. All in all, it’s possible to establish a more secure idea of one of the most important Benedictine abbeys in 11th-century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.

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).

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)

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.
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.
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 or text full name and number of seats to: ‭07765 172450‬