2018 Lecture Programme

All lectures begin at 7.30pm in Stockton Central Library unless stated otherwise.

Click here for directions to Stockton Library

Lectures are free for members (see here on how to join) or come along as a guest for only £4 at the door (if you then decide to join we’ll take the £4 as part payment).

30th January – AGM Plus Bonus Lecture:
‘Jowel, jowel and listen lad’ … Vernacular song and Industrial Archaeology in Northern England with Dr Rob Young
The social context for the study of industrial archaeology can be understood through examining the lives of working people, as revealed in sources traditionally ignored by the empirical study  of monument types. These sources include vernacular song.
Formerly the English Heritage/Historic England Inspector of Ancient Monuments for the North East, Dr Rob Young has since been a freelance archaeological consultant. 

27th February
The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Co. Durham, Darlington and Teesside: Recent Finds of Note with Ben Westwood
Throughout the past year, over 500 individual artifacts have been reported to the Durham Office of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), ranging from cernacular buttons and buckles to spectacular medieval and Roman coin hoards. This talk will aim to give more information on some of these important finds and enlighten us to some of the work that PAS does in the region.
After many years of fieldwork, most recently for Durham University, Ben has began to work for the PAS in Durham. His primary interests are the Roman period, colonialism and archaeological theory. He is also interested in the material remains from this period, particularly those from the North East. 

27th March
Lindisfarne to Lancaster: Community-based Excavations in the North of England (and a bit of Scotland) with Chris Casswell
A summary of DigVentures’s work at Lindisfarne (Anglo-Saxon monastery), Lancaster (Bronze Age funerary monument and hoard), Codingham (Scottish borders: sister Anglo-Saxon monastery to Lindisfarne), and Little Driffield (deserted medieval village in East Riding).
Chris is the Head of Fieldwork for DigVentures.

24th April 
Piercebridge and the Romans in the North-East with David Mason
David is the principal archaeologist for Durham County Council. 


29th May
To be Arranged

26th June
Boskin, Skelbuse and Foddergang: Traditional Farm Buildings in the Yorkshire Dales with Jim Brightman
Features such as dry-stone walls, traditionally built barns, and hay-meadows, although part of now defunct farming methods, are still being used and adapted by landowners. What are their past and present uses; and what will the future bring to them?
Jim is the partner in Solstice Heritage LLP, independent heritage consultancy and archaeological practice in North Yorkshire. 

July and August – Summer Break – NO LECTURES.

25th September
To be arranged.

31st October
To be arranged.

27th November
Heritage Lottery Projects: a Report on the two TAS Heritage Lottery FUnded Projects in 2017: First World War Recording Buildings Project and Ice and Fire Eston Hills Project with Dave Errickson and Adam Mead
A summary of TAS’ Heritage Lottery Funed projects form 2017.
Dave Errickson is the chairman for TAS and Adam Mead is TAS’ events and outreach coordinator.