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Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
'The 18th Century Surveyor and Parliamentary Enclosure' by Bill Franklin
Wednesday 3rd May at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of 50p)

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Guided walk
Saturday 6th May, 10am-11:30am
A walk around Comberton explores the answers to two questions: First, why is the 13th-century church at a distance from the modern settlement? And second, to what extent can the medieval layout and development of the village be discerned in the modern landscape? The walk begins at the church, continues to Green End, and ends at the crossroads where the High Street, South Street and Green End intersect. Sue Oosthuizen is the Honorary President of FEAG. She is Reader in Medieval Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Her research bridges archaeology, history and historical geography.

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly talk
'From Hadstock to Westminster: forty-five years of church archaeology reviewed' by Warwick Rodewell
Monday 8th May 2017 at 6:00pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group & Histon and Impington Village Society History Group - Monthly talk
'The History of Cambridge in One Hole' by Alison Dickens (Cambridge Archaeological Unit)
Thursday 11th May at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church
Members £2 Non-members £3 Refreshments Available

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly talk
'The Scultptures of the Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral' by Jonathan Rogers
Thursday 18th May at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College
The early 14th century sculptures of the Lady Chapel were intended to be a definitive statement of what a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary should know. They were badly damaged during the 1540s in attacks on the images and practices of traditional religion. They were covered with thick whitewash for over three hundred years while the Chapel was in use as a parish church. Campaigns of cleaning, repair and conservation since the 1850s have restored the sculptures to our sight but not necessarily to our understanding: their mutilated state makes it difficult to read and appreciate them, the non-scriptural narratives that they illustrate are quite unfamiliar to many people. Even today they can be an uneasy reminder of England’s Catholic past and of its violent end. The talk will identify of some of the sculptures and describe how the tide turned from condemnation to conservation.
Jonathan Rogers is a specialised Guide at Ely Cathedral and the author of "Ely Cathedral: The Sculptures of the Lady Chapel" published in 2015 by The Ely Society.
Speaker meeting open to everyone. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.

Oakington and Westwick History Society - Monthly talk
'Update on the Archaeology from the Recreation Ground' by Richard Mortimer (Oxford Archaeology East) and Duncan Sayer (University of Central Lancashire)
Thursday 18th May at 7:30pm
St Andrews Church Hall, High Street, Oakington, CB24 3AG
Entry is free to members and £3 to non-members


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Cambridge Archaeology Field Group have a display in the temporary exhibition case on the ground floor of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge. Senior Curator for Archaeology at the Museum, Dr Jody Joy, invited the the group to produce the display to showcase their contribution to Cambridgeshire's archaeology. Members of the group have worked with him and his staff in recent months and the display was first unveiled on Monday 10th April. A new leaflet about CAFG and its work has been produced to accompany the display. Do take a look at their work in the temporary exhibitions case at MAA - behind and to the left of the case facing you at the entrance.

Oakington and Westwick History Society have affiliated to the Jigsaw Cambridgeshire network of community archaeology groups. Their events will be promoted on the Jigsaw wesite, social media sites and email list. Representatives of Jigsaw affiliated community archaeology groups are invited to regular meetings to discuss upcoming projects, events and collaborations, and have access to our specialist archaeological equipment. If you are interested in affiliating your existing archaeology or history society, or finding out how to set up a new group, please contact us.

There are a couple of new exhibitions about the discoveries at Must Farm:
Discover the Must Farm Boats at Flag Fen (26th March - 30th September) https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/heritage/flag-fen/discover-the-must-farm-boats/
Must Farm: The Story So Far at Peterborough Museum (5th May - 10th September) http://www.themomentmagazine.com/history/must-farm-three-thousand-years-making/

The Heritage Lottery Fund's East of England office have announced dates and locations for their funding events and surgeries across the county for 2017: https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/funding-fairs-and-surgeries-east-england If you are interested in developing a heritage project and applying for their grants you can make an appointment to discuss your ideas further with one of the HLF's funding officers.

Visit the Jigsaw calendar for details of upcoming community archaeology events in Cambridgeshire. Please contact us if you have any other events to add.

Last year Dr Jody Joy, Senior Curator at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology here in Cambridge (shown in the photograph below), extended an invitation to Cambridge Archaeology Field Group (CAFG) to have a display cabinet in the museum to showcase our contribution to Cambridgeshire's archaeology. Members have worked with him and his staff to bring this about and on Monday 10th April the display was unveiled for the first time.

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Thanks to Robert and John the cabinet highlights examples of our work in a very successful way. A new trifold leaflet about the group and its work was produced to accompany the display.        
Our display at the Museum in Downing Street, Cambridge is in a temporary exhibitions case on the ground floor – behind and to the left of the case facing you at the entrance. Do go and have a look.

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Saturday 1st April 2017 from 9:30am
Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AQ
Find out about the part-time and short courses offered in subjects including Archaeology, the Historic Environment (landscapes and gardens), and History, Politics and International Relations. For more information and to book place, please see the website here: https://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/event/open-day-institute-continuing-education-2017
 
Cambridge Antiquarian Society - AGM & Monthly talk
“Losing track: transport in Cambridgeshire, 1900-2016" by Tony Kirby
Monday 3rd April 2017 at 6:00pm, AGM at 5:45 pm
Faculty of Law, West Road, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly talk
"The Twenty Pence Project" by John Stanford
Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College
Open to everyone. Admission: Members £2; Non-members pay £3.

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
"Recent investigations into Fenland medieval salterns" by Dr Paul Spoerry (Oxford Archaeology East)
Wednesday 5th April at 7:30pm  
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of 50p).
 
Fourth Annual Building History Lecture
“'Enormous, complicated and highly articulated machines' (Girouard ,1979): the introduction of  Domestic technology in Victorian and early Edwardian Country houses" by Marilyn Palmer (University of Leicester)
Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens' College, Cambridge
Saturday 8th April at 6 pm. Followed by a wine reception in the college bar from 7.15pm
Marilyn Palmer has been a leading figure in the study, recording and advocacy of industrial archaeology for many years, and became the country’s first Professor of Industrial Archaeology in 2000.
Free admission; all welcome.
 
Visit the Jigsaw calendar for details of upcoming community archaeology events in Cambridgeshire. Please contact us if you have any other events to add.

On the 6th May 2015 and again on 7th March 2016 group training days in OASIS were provided for archaeological societies working within Cambridgeshire as part of the HLF funded Jigsaw initiative and hosted by Cambridgeshire County Council's Historic Environment Team.

Attending the 2015 session were representatives from

  • Covington Local History Group
  • Cambridge Archaeology Field Group
  • Warboys Archaeology Project
  • Fen Edge Archaeology Group

Together they disproved the belief that local societies are not up to date with the online side of archaeology as they had with them the software tools needed to overcome problems with the training room passwords at Shire Hall!

In 2016 the attendees were from:

  • Access Cambridge Archaeology
  • Cambridge Archaeology Field Group
  • Fen Edge Archaeology Group
  • Sawtry History Society

Both sessions were really enjoyable thanks largely to the fact that several diverse groups all got on together & shared questions and solutions springing from their first Oasis Forms. Recently the FEAG form for the Twenty Pence Project Excavations 2011–2015 in Cottenham was signed off & completed and is a fine reminder of the value of the two Jigsaw Days.

The report from Fen Edge Archaeology Group

It is still hoped that the Cambridgeshire Jigsaw experience can be spread to other counties.

Although not part of the Jigsaw initiative, the Community Archaeology reports produced by Access Cambridge Archaeology have started to appear in the ADS Library and demonstrate the growing number of Community projects being entered onto Oasis.

 

This article was written by Mark Barratt of Historic England and orginally posted on the OASIS blog here. For further advice on reporting and recording archaeological sites and finds in Cambridgeshire, including OASIS forms, please contact Cambridgeshire Historic Environment team at archaeology@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
'Reconstructing the built environment and institutions in Eighteenth Dynasty Armarna (Egypt) through textual data' by Kimberley Watts (University of Cambridge)
Wednesday 1st Marchat 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research,
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of 50p).

Cambridge Antiquarian Society - Monthly talk
'Settlement, society & legacy: the early Medieval rural communities of eastern England' by Duncan Wright (Bishop Grosseteste University)
Monday 6th March 2017 at 6:00pm
Faculty of Law, West Road,
There is no charge for visitors or guests at lectures. New members are warmly welcomed.

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group & Histon and Impington Village Society History Group - Monthly talk
'Our Prehistoric Neighbours: Archaeology at the Milton Park and Ride and Landfill Sites' by Tom Philips (Oxford Archaeology East)
Thursday 9th March 2017 at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church,
Members £2 Non-members £3. Refreshments Available.

Cambridge Science Festival 2017
Monday 13th - Sunday 26th March 2017
The Science Festival provides the public with opportunities to explore and discuss issues of scientific interest. There are several events this year highlighting scientific techniques used in archaeological research: http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events?search_api_views_fulltext=archaeology

FenArch - Monthly talk
'Lundenwic to Lundres, The Archaeology of Anglo Saxon and Norman London' by John Clark (Museum of London)
Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 7:30pm
Mendi's Restaurant, 21 Old Market Place, Wisbech
Members of the public are welcome to attend, entrance is £2 for non-members.
John Clark joined the staff of Guildhall Museum (City of London) in 1967, and worked on the project for its incorporation with the London Museum to form the Museum of London in 1976. As well as contributing to the design of the Museum of London’s first medieval gallery and overseeing the amalgamation of the two museums’ medieval collections, he also initiated and supervised the digitisation of the Medieval Department collections database. John also carried out various projects focused on updating the medieval gallery, particularly the Anglo-Saxon London displays, and produced a number of temporary exhibitions, including ‘Alfred the Great 849-899: London’s forgotten king’ and ‘Chaucer’s Londoners: “a compaignye of sondry folk”’.

Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service - Training event
'Running a Community Group'
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 10am - 1pm
Arkenstall Village Centre, 7 Station Road, Haddenham, Ely, CB6 3XD
Come and learn about constitutions, committees and their management, taking minutes, keeping simple accounts, and policies and procedures. In short, all you need to know about how to run your community group. The briefings will be short, easy to follow and supported by information sheets you can take away and share with other committee members. There will be time to meet and network with other groups, talk with support workers about your group and find out about funding. This FREE session will be led by Alan Turner, development Worker at CCVS. After the workshop you can book a 1-2-1 with Alan. Places must be booked in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/running-a-community-group-tickets-31756182597?ref=ebtn

Fen Edge Archaeology Group - Monthly talk
'Excavations at Northstowe' by Alison Dickens (Cambridge Archaeological Unit)
Thursday 16th March 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open 7:15pm)
Rampton Village Hall,
Alison Dickens will talk about the excavations prior to the development of Northstowe – what was found during Phase 1 and the early stages of Phase 2 and looking forward to further work. Phase 1 was on the site of the old golf course near Longstanton and the archaeology there was completed in late 2015. Evidence was found for occupation in the Iron Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods. The Romano-British hamlet found in Phase 1 seems to have been a ‘standard’ Roman rural settlement, as actually a second Roman settlement has already been identified in Phase 2, just half a kilometre away to the south and potentially around the same size as Roman Cambridge. FEAG members spent two weeks digging on part of the Romano-British settlement in 2015. As part of the second phase of excavations, there will be community work, open days, and work with primary schools. Alison Dickens is a manager at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and head of Access Cambridge Archaeology. For more information on the site, see: https://accesscambridgearchaeology.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/northstowe-phase-two/

 

Visit the Jigsaw calendar for details of upcoming community archaeology events in Cambridgeshire. Please contact us if you have any other events to add.