Thursday 1st October 2015: “Stepping into Britain: the Arrival of the first Humans”, by Dr. Nick Ashton, Curator, Dept. of Britain, Europe and Prehistory, The British Museum. Dr. Ashton will tell us about the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain Project, and his excavations at Happisburgh on the Suffolk coast which in 2013 revealed fossilised human footprints dated to 800,000 years ago. This will be a public lecture. Admission £3 non-members; £2 NHAS Members, payable on the door. Doors open 7.30 pm. Letchworth Free Church, corner of Gernon Rd & Norton Way South, 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.
Tuesday 17th November 2015: “Medieval Castles of Luton”, by Joe Abrams, Regional Manager, Headland Archaeology, Wrest Park, Beds. Letchworth Free Church hall, 8 pm.
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:
24 September 2015 – 31 January 2016
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery
£16.50, Members/under 16s free
This is the first major exhibition to examine the full history of Celtic art and identity, and is organised in partnership with National Museums Scotland. It is a story that unfolds over 2,500 years and across Britain and Europe – from the Atlantic coast to the Black Sea. Beginning with the first recorded mention of ‘Celts’ and ending with an exploration of Celtic expression today, uncover the wider picture of how this identity has been reinvented and revived over the centuries – as fluid as a Celtic motif.