Monday 24th April: Richard Mortimer, Senior Archaeologist (Oxford Archaeology East) – ‘Middle Saxon Village Development in Cambridgeshire and the -ham/-ton Divide’. Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, off High St, SG7 6DH, 8 pm.
Tuesday 16th May: Annual General Meeting. Our Field Officer will give us a short preview of some of the revelations soon to be published in the British Museum Research Report, Dea Senuna: treasure, cult and ritual at Ashwell, Hertfordshire. Letchworth Free Church hall, 8 pm. Wine and cheese, etc. £3 each.
Our Member, Daniel Phillips, has kindly written to notify us of the independent archaeological pressure group RESCUE’s AGM in Salford on Saturday 29th April, and to remind us of some of the pressing issues currently facing archaeology and the heritage sector. Do read what he has to say and follow the links he helpfully provides (attached).
Also, on 29th April is the AGM of the East Herts Archaeological Soc. when they’ll have a talk on the Must Farm Bronze Age settlement (poster attached – in case of difficulty, open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Ros Allwood, NHDC Cultural Services Manager, has kindly written to us with good news (at last) about the opening of the new North Hertfordshire Museum in Hitchin (attached).
There is another opportunity to learn about human skeletal remains using inhumations excavated from Baldock under the expert tuition of Dr. David Klingle, Osteoarchaeologist, on a weekend course 17th – 18th June (details attached).
Hitchin Historical Society’s History Day will be on Saturday 1st July, organised by Dr. Gerry Tidy. Our Society has taken a stall so we require volunteers to man it, please (details attached).
Current exhibitions and displays
Museum of London Docklands
The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL.
The construction of London’s newest railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city’s most historically important sites. Since work began in 2009, the project has undertaken one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever in the UK, with over 10,000 artefacts shining a light on almost every important period of the Capital’s history.
The wide variety of items on display will explore 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.
These finds were discovered in locations as diverse as suburban Abbey Wood in the south east, through Canary Wharf, across to Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and ending in Westbourne Park and Acton. The finds will sit against a backdrop telling the engineering story of the largest infrastructure project currently underway in Europe, with key facts and figures presented throughout.
- Discover objects spanning 8,000 years of human history unearthed by Crossrail.
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