TillVAS Till Valley Archaeological Society
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Diary of Events for 2017/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

1st January - New Year's Day. Walk to Reaveley Hill and Hartside Medieval Village, led by John Nolan.

 

4th January - David Constantine, "Zoological Material in Anglo-Saxon Society".

 

29th January - Metal Detecting training day at Crookham. A bookable event with limited numbers.

 

1st February - Dr David Petts, "Excavations at Binchester Roman Fort".

 

11th February - TillVAS Coffee Morning, Crookham Village Hall, 10am until 12noon. Artefacts on display.

 

1st March - Chris Bowles, "Update on Coldingham Priory".

 

5th April - AGM (6.45pm) followed by lecture (7.30pm) - Hon. Member, Richard Carlton, will describe the 2016 excavations.

 

21st April - Visit to Ford Castle and St. Michael's Church, Ford. Numbers restricted to 30 people.

 

3rd May - Dr Richard Tipping, University of Stirling, "People and Peat in Prehistory at Bradford Kaims".

 

21st May - Walk led by John Nolan for NAG. TillVAS members who are still interested in learning more about Flodden Hill are invited to join this walk, which will pass along Flodden Edge and go down onto part of the registered battlefield. This landscape has been continuously occupied and worked for millenia, but that time depth has been overshadowed by the events of 1513. Consequently this will not be a 'war-walk' but a look at sites recently investigated during the Flodden500 project and a consideration of some of the 'folklore' that has developed about the battle. Meet at 11am at the 'Bondagers cottages' by Blinkbonny farm NT912 364.

 

7th June - Richard Annis, Durham University, "Durham and Dunbar: identifying the soldiers at Palace Green".

 

July - No lecture

 

August - No lecture. Excavation of Prehistoric Site at Mardon Farm, 29th August until 9th September. Led by Richard Carlton.

 

6th September - Maria Chester, "Following the coca shrub throughout the Americas - archaeological evidence for cocaine use".

 

8th October - (2.30pm) - James IV Memorial Lecture. Jordan Evans, Royal Household, "Mary Queen of Scots", Etal Village Hall.

 

1st November - Professor Ian Haynes, University of Newcastle, "Roman Temples at Maryport".

 

6th December - Members' Night: Alan Colman, "Deserted Medieval Villages"; Clive Hallam-Baker, "Carham"; Mike Keating, "Football, Maya Style". Lectures and Refreshments.

 

2018

 

3rd January - David Lockie, "Ford Westfield Farm in the 19C"

 

7th February - Dr Ian Kille, Geologist, "Northmbrian Earth"

 

7th March - Dr Chris Fowler, "Early Bronze Age burial practices in NE England and SE Scotland"

 

4th April - AGM, Details to follow

 

2nd May - Dr Kirsty McCarrison, Osteoarchaeologist (Durham). To be confirmed.

 

6th June - Professor Diana Whalley, "Place names in Northumberland"

 

 

 

 

Most of the above events are listed on the Membership Card but other events are listed here, as and when they arise. This list also reflects changes to the programme that occur for various reasons. There will also be a number of summer outings and/or walks and details will appear here in good time; members will be notified by e-mail or letter.

 

Meetings will usually be held in Crookham Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Members - free. Visitors - £4 per meeting

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News

A new list of photographs of Branxton have been added to the archives.

 

See Archaeology News for information about our dig at Mardon

 

Congratulations to Ford School! See 'Village Atlas News' for details or  follow the link to the Berwickshire Advertiser for more details. http://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/heritage-heroes-are-the-first-in-england-1-4519447

ADVANCE NOTICE OF 2017 SUMMER EXCAVATION

Some very good news!

Please click on Archaeology News, above

FLODDEN 1513 WEBSITE

This website continues in a new format and is being kept up-to-date with information about the battle, the ecomuseum, the 41 sites on the network and much more. Please click on the Links page, above, in order to access the site. There is also information about 'The Way Ahead' on the Archaeology page, above.

TillVAS ARCHIVES

The Society has an extensive collection of documents and photographs held in its secure archives. These are invaluable for members wishing to study the local history of the area or wishing to gather information for e.g. the  Village Atlas Project. Please click on the tag above to see the catalogues. Anyone wishing to access the archives should contact the Society's Archivist, Maureen Charlton or the Assistant Archivist, Julia Day.

MEMBERS' WRITTEN CONTRIBUTIONS

Please see a new section on the website—click on the appropriate tab above.  Please let us have your thoughts, in prose or in verse.

BRANXTON & CROOKHAM VILLAGE ATLAS PROJECT

There are some important meetings of the Activity Groups scheduled over the next few months. Please click on the appropriate tag above, which will take you to the Village Atlas page and give you all the dates, times and places of the meetings.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, TILLVAS MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF OTHER ATLAS GROUPS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY OF THESE MEETINGS (except the Steering Committee).

Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.

PREVIOUS LECTURE AND OTHER REPORTS

Click on Reports on Events, above, for detailed accounts and press reports.

BOOKSTALL

The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.

Items for sale include:-

1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and

2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.

See the Publications page for more about these books. Copies of Breamish and Till are also available in Cornhill Village Shop and the Lavender Tea Rooms and Village Shop in Etal.

 

There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.