2019 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).

For APRIL and MAY 2019, Stockton Central Library was unavailable for booking on the last Tuesday of the month so date and location were rearranged. 

29th January – AGM Plus Bonus Lecture:
Marta Alberti (Site Archaeologist, Vindolanda) on The Last Three Years at Vindolanda (2016 to present). 

Marta Alberti joined the Vindolanda Trust as site archaeologist and assistant to the Director of Excavations in the winter of 2014/2015. She is from Milan, Italy, where she graduated with a BA in Classics and Archaeology, later gaining an MA with Distinction from Newcastle University. She is a passionate field archaeologist with a keen interest in gender studies and in all transition phases: changes in society and landscape over time, why they happen and how.

26th February
Mark Simmons (Curator, Museum Development at Museums of Hartlepool) on Recent Research on the Bombardment of the Hartlepools, World War I.

Mark Simmons has a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology (1989) and a M. Phil in Archaeology (1995), and a career that has taken him from Wales to Sheffield to the North East of England. He has been Curator (Museum Development) with Hartlepool Borough Council from 2016.

26th March
Robin Daniels (Tees Archaeology) on the Buildings of the Historic Core of Skelton. 

Robin Daniels, since 1991 Senior Archaeology Officer of Tees Archaeology, needs little introduction. Tees Archaeology provides archaeological services to Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees, and operates throughout the Tees Valley. As head of service, he is responsible for its direction and liaison with partner authorities.

28 April 

Freya Horsfield (Durham University) “Uncovering Rievaulx Abbey’s  landscapes”

Freya Horsfield is an Impact Fellow at Durham University and Chair of TAS. This talk will provide an update on ongoing work to understand the relationships between Rievaulx Abbey, landscape and people. Rievaulx’s relationships affected people at all levels of society, from King Henry II to individual peasants, and left complex traces on the landscape of Northern England from Teesside to South Yorkshire. The fresh interpretation of the landscape and documentary record is revealing that some of the long-accepted myths about a major Cistercian monastery now require revision.

4 June
Emma Watson (Durham University) on Hidden Monuments. RESCHEDULED from 28 May. 

Emma Watson is a Research Postgraduate in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University: her research topic is the neglect of Northern England’s Neolithic and Early Bronze Age structures in the archaeological literature of Britain.

25th June
Dr Chris Caple (Emeritus Reader in Archaeological Conservation, Durham University) on the Yarm Helmet.

Chris Caple, until his retirement in July 2018, had been Associate Professor/ Senior Lecturer, and Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Artefact Conservation, both at Durham University. Since then, he remains associated with Durham University as Emeritus Reader in Archaeological Conservation, and remains academically active, researching and publishing in conservation, analysing and researching ancient artefacts, and writing up archaeological excavations.

July and August – Summer Break – NO LECTURES.

24th September
Dr Ben Roberts Teesside University Rememorial WWI: Uncovering the Tees Valley’s experiences of the aftermath of the First World War

29th October
Aron Mazel (Newcastle University, Reader in Heritage Studies) on Rock Art of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg in South Africa.

Aron Mazel joined Newcastle University in 2002 (where he is a Reader in Heritage Studies) following a 25-year career in archaeological research and heritage and museum management in South Africa. His research interests include the management and interpretation of tangible and intangible heritage; museum history; construction of the hunter-gatherer past; dating of rock art; and Northumberland rock art.

26th November
Steve Sherlock: Annual update of his archaeological work.

Steve Sherlock needs little introduction, as he presents his annual round-up of his archaeological work.  A self-employed archaeologist, his recent and current roles include Archaeological Clerk of Works (A1 Leeming to Barton road-scheme); Archaeological Manager for the A14 road-scheme, Cambridgeshire; and various small commercial projects in Northeast England, from Derbyshire to Teesside.

Annual Elgee Memorial Lecture: Dorman Museum (Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 6LA)    – more details here

Organised this year by Teesside Archaeological Society.

Saturday 7 December 2019, 10:30AM.

Speaker: Richard Annis, on Durham and Dunbar: Scottish Soldiers at Palace Green.

Richard Annis is a Senior Archaeologist with Durham University; and has worked on a wide variety of archaeological projects throughout the Northeast of England, Cumbria, Humberside, Yorkshire and Gloucestershire during the past 30 years.