Wednesday 21st September 2016, 8pm: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, NHDC Archaeology Officer, has kindly agreed to give Members a tour of the new North Hertfordshire Museum in Brand St, Hitchin. Entrance through the Town Hall.

Wednesday 19th October: Gil Burleigh will give a talk on ‘An Iron Age and Romano-British Sacred Landscape around Baldock’, Letchworth Free Church small hall, 8pm.

Wednesday 23rd November: Dr. Kris Lockyear, University College London, will give a talk on “Mapping Verulamium” – the latest results of his now very extensive geophysical surveys in which some of our members assist. Letchworth Free Church small hall, 8pm.

Tuesday 6th December: Members Christmas evening.

January 2017: Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews will give a talk on recognising sub-Roman (‘Dark Age’) pottery in the archaeological record. Archaeologists have been misidentifying it for decades, and still do. Helen Ashworth was first to recognise it from our Baldock excavations in the mid-1980s. Keith has now completed a lot more research with an American colleague which will be published in America (!) in the new year. Date of talk to be confirmed.

Stop press: Dea Senuna: treasure, cult and ritual at Ashwell, Hertfordshire – Ralph Jackson and my texts, as well as those of all contributors (about ten), will be sent to the academic reader/referee at the end of this week. Texts, illustrations and conclusions will be finalised by the end of November. The British Museum expects to publish it as a Research Report in June 2017. Lots more still to do!

NB. Please note the various attachments giving details of exhibitions, a talk, and our Chairman’s letter about the situation at the new N Herts Museum in preparation, published recently in The Comet newspaper. The situation is actually worse than Diane’s letter states. We know now that not only are the dedicated and hard working museum staff prevented from accessing their office, but also the education and local studies rooms. This means that school classes can’t be taught and students and others cannot use the local archives. Please question your district councillors about this unacceptable situation and please write more letters to councillors, NHDC CEO, the press (local and national), and contact local radio and tv. If we want our new museum ever to open, we’re going to have to fight for it. Thankyou.

Exhibitions at The British Museum:

Sunken cities
Egypt’s lost worlds

19 May – 27 November 2016

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Organised with the Hilti Foundation and
the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine

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Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in this blockbuster exhibition.

Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile. Named after the Greek hero Heracles, Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Their amazing discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece.


2016/17 Subscriptions became due on 1st June 2016. Please renew now. The Society cannot continue to function without all members’ subscriptions. In particular, lecturers fees and expenses and hall hire have to come from subscriptions. Lack of sufficient income from subscriptions may result in fewer lectures. It’s up to us members.

Outstanding subscriptions may be paid in person at any meeting when membership cards can usually be issued also. Otherwise subscription cheques may be posted to Diane Burleigh, NHAS, 10 Cromwell Way, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts SG5 3RD.

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South Africa
the art of a nation

27 October 2016 – 26 February 2017

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From some of the earliest examples of human creativity to cutting-edge contemporary works, discover the fascinating history of South Africa through art.

In this exhibition a diverse range of art from across the ages tells a story that stretches back 100,000 years. From rock art made by the country’s earliest peoples to works by South African artists at the forefront of contemporary art, the exhibition features beautiful and important objects, which illustrate South Africa’s rich history.

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Come on a journey from the very beginnings of artistic thought, through some of the earliest sculpture in southern Africa to colonial art from the 17th century onwards. See magnificent examples of 19th-century South African art, highly charged 20th-century works that responded to segregation and apartheid, and pieces that showcase the post-apartheid transformation of the nation since 1990.

The exhibition features a selection of significant objects, including some of the world’s oldest art objects and striking contemporary pieces responding to the country’s recent past. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the many peoples that have contributed to the story of South Africa.


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Adults £12, under 16s free

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Opening times

27 October 2016 – 26 February 2017
Last entry 80 minutes before closing
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Getting here

Room 35, British Museum,
Great Russell Street, London,


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Images: Esther Mahlangu (b. 1935), details of BMW Art Car 12, 1991. © Esther Mahlangu. Photo © BMW Group Archives. Object: Ox-shaped snuffbox, late 1800s.

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  • 28 July – 6 November
  • Admission free
  • The Walter Rothschild building
    Akeman Street, Tring
    Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP

Discover the mysterious story of our ancestors, stretching back over thousands of years. Exhibition now open.

This free family exhibition explores the lost world inhabited by early humans.

Inspired by 12 years of research by Museum scientists, it’s a story of the changing faces and spaces of prehistoric Britain.

Specimens discovered near Tring will be on display, on loan from Buckinghamshire County Museum.

See the skull of the earliest known Neanderthal in Britain, and handle replica tools like those used by ancient humans.

Discover some of the incredible creatures that lived alongside our ancestors, including the remains of a rhino, the tooth of a sabre-tooth cat, and the leg bone of a woolly mammoth.

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