Saturday 11th July 2015: History Day, part of Hitchin Festival, Church House, Hitchin, 10 am – 4 pm, sponsored and organised by Hitchin Historical Society. The NHAS has booked a table and volunteers are required to arrange a display of finds and information, and to man it. We have only three volunteers so far and need more, please. Contact Gil email@example.com; 01462 713654; 10 Cromwell Way, Pirton, Hitchin SG5 3RD.
Sunday 16th August 2015: Annual Field Trip to Stonehenge and Woodhenge. Details and booking form attached. Please note that non-NHAS members are welcome so if you are in another group please circulate to your members.
Thursday 1st October 2015: “Stepping into Britain: the Arrival of the first Humans”, by Dr. Nick Ashton, Curator, Dept. of Prehistory and Early Europe, The British Museum. This will be a public lecture with a reduced admission charge for members. Letchworth Free Church, 8 pm.
Tuesday 27th October 2015: “Excavations at Iron Age and Roman Silchester and the Origins of Towns in Britain”, by Prof. Mike Fulford, Reading University. Letchworth Free Church, 8 pm. This will be a public lecture with a reduced admission charge for members.
November 2015: “Medieval Castles of Luton”, by Joe Abrams, Regional Manager, Headland Archaeology, Wrest Park, Beds.
December 2015: Members Christmas Evening.
January 2016: “A High-Status Roman Burial and Cemetery near Royston”, by Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, NHDC Archaeology & Community Outreach Officer
March 2016: “The Use of Tree-Rings in Dating Historic Timbers”, by Dr. Martin Bridge, Lecturer in Dendrochronology, Institute of Archaeology, University College, London
Exhibitions at The British Museum:
Eight mummies, eight lives, eight stories
Extended until 12 July 2015
Ancient lives, new discoveries
the body in ancient Greek art
26 March – 5 July 2015
In memory of Melvin R Seiden
Mrs Jayne Wrightsman, OBE
Experience the brilliance and diversity of ancient Greek art in this major exhibition focusing on the human body.
For centuries the ancient Greeks experimented with ways of representing the human body, both as an object of beauty and a bearer of meaning.
The remarkable works of art in the exhibition range from abstract simplicity of prehistoric figurines to breathtaking realism in the age of Alexander the Great. These works continued to inspire artists for hundreds of years, giving form to thought and shaping our own perceptions of ourselves.
‘The chief forms of beauty are order, symmetry and clear delineation’ – Aristotle
‘In portraying ideal types of beauty… you bring together from many models the most beautiful features of each’ – Socrates
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