Wednesday 19th March: ‘Results of recent fieldwalking in Ashwell, Herts’, by Sarah Talks, Ashwell Archaeology Group. Sarah is the Chairwoman of the Friends of Ashwell Village Museum and a Member of NHAS. This is a joint meeting with the Friends, by kind invitation, and also the Friends AGM. Ashwell Village School, Silver St, 8pm.
Wednesday 21st May: Annual General Meeting
Just to whet your appetites for the 2014/15 season:
September: ‘Excavations in the 1960s and 1970s by the late James Dyer at the Iron Age Hillfort of Ravensburgh Castle, Hexton, Hertfordshire’, by Dr. Ian Brown, University of Oxford. James was a Vice-President of the North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society from its beginning in 1960. He directed the 1964 excavation season at Ravensburgh jointly with the late Dr. John Moss-Eccardt, our Society’s founder. James died last year at the age of 80.
Tuesday 7th October: ‘Excavations in the Iron Age and Roman town of Silchester and the origins of towns in Britain’, by Professor Michael Fulford, CBE, FBA, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading. Letchworth Free Church, Gernon Road/Norton Way South, 8pm. This will be a public lecture for which an admission charge will be made, with a reduced rate for NHAS members.
Wednesday 22nd October: Dr. Carenza Lewis MBE, University of Cambridge, will give a public lecture in Cambridge on ten years of her project investigating the origins and development of English Medieval villages. Go to:http://www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/calendar/aca-10th-anniversary-public-lecture-by-dr-carenza-lewis
November: ’50 Years Digging – adventures of an archaeologist’, by Gil Burleigh, NHAS Field Officer.
The British Museum –
Organised with Museo del Oro
17 October 2013 – 23 March 2014
Vikings Live from the British Museum at the Broadway Cinema, Letchworth G C 24th April
What’s it about:
Introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor and presented by historian and broadcaster Michael Wood, their exhibition will be brought to life by curators Gareth Williams and Tom Williams, alongside experts on Viking ships and swords, burial and beliefs, language and legacy.
The exhibition is the first on the Viking world at the British Museum for over 30 years.
Discover new ideas about the Vikings – people who were not just deadly raiders and pillagers but also peaceful traders, who sailed the seas of the world and who thought the world was full of living gods of poetry and war.
Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents.
At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long warship, the longest ever found. The Viking ship was a marvel of engineering and during the live broadcast craftsmen from the National Maritime Museum will construct the prow of a great Viking ship, to show what made these vessels so spectacular – built for speed, endurance and deadly beauty. A replica sailing ship will be installed in front of the Museum a dramatic Viking burial.will be staged as night falls.
Through our languages, our poetry, names and place names – even in our DNA – we can see how many of us can be connected across time to the Vikings.
With demonstrations, stunning close-up photography of the Viking objects in the exhibition and a live, torch-lit burial in the grounds of the Museum, our broadcast of Vikings Live will be a reminder of how the Vikings have shaped our modern lives.
Who’s in it:
Neil MacGregor and Michael Wood
24 April 2014
How long is it?:
The BP exhibition
6 March – 22 June 2014
Supported by BP
Organised by the British Museum, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years.
Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found. Read press release