TAS Virtual memberships

To help people stay connected to heritage and to like-minded people in these difficult circumstances, TAS has temporarily suspended paid subscriptions. Instead, we are offering free virtual memberships.

Benefits: regular email from TAS containing the link to our online lectures, and other news & opportunities. Our online lecture hosting has a cap on the number who can participate, so we can’t make these lectures open to the public. So subscribing (for free) is for the time being the only way you will be able to view TAS lectures

Cost: free

Virtual subscriber -members will be invited to convert their membership to a paid subscription when we revert to paid subscriptions, but will be under no compulsion to do this. Virtual subscriber-members can simply unsubscribe at that point.

To join as a virtual subscriber-member, email us at

teesarchsoc.news [at] gmail.com Please replace [at] with [@] – we have to write it this way on here to avoid being spammed by bots!

TAS LECTURE | ONLINE LECTURE | Deceptively Spacious: Durham Castle and the Walls Survey | Richard Annis

Due to the success of last month’s trial Zoom meeting, the committee have decided to start offering our monthly talks as online meetings for the foreseeable future.

Our talks will be hosted on Zoom on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:30PM to keep in line with our usual schedule. If you are inrerested in joining on on Tuesday, please contact us on teesarchsoc.news@gmail.com and we will send the link to join to you. The link for the following months will be sent out via mailing list each month so to avoid being missed please contact us to be added or visit our website to do so.

So, this month’s talk will be held on TUESDAY 29th SEPTEMBER at 7:30 and our speaker will be Richard Annis. The talk is titled Deceptively Spacious: Durham Castle and the walls survey. This talk covers the former extent of the Castle and describes a detailed survey carried out a few years ago, ending with some views of what remains hidden today.

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.

We hope to see you all on Tuesday!

Best wishes,


(Deputy chair and comms)


Dear all,

I hope you are all well.

This is just a quick update to keep you all informed of our current stance regarding COVID-19.  We have recently had contact from Stockton Library stating that all public meetings are to be cancelled until May 31st 2020.  This means that both the April and May talks will have to be cancelled. On behalf of the committee, I would like to apologise for this, but I am sure that you all will understand in light of the current global situation.


I have a few updates for you all just in case you are interested:

Firstly, Michael Thompson has asked if any budding artists within TAS would be interested in helping create some artwork for an upcoming talk of his at Bedale History Society in October. The talk is on ‘Women of the ’45’ and this will discuss the stories of 12 women who directly or indirectly helped with the Jacobite Rebellion. These illustrations would be depicting scenes from the stories. Please contact me or Michael if you are interested in this and I will forward on your interest accordingly.


At the last CBA North committee meeting I have volunteered to be a point of contact between members and the larger groups within the North. As such, if anyone has any thoughts/questions/feedback relating to CBA North or National and TAS’ involvement with them please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will either try to respond, pass queries on to the relevant people or give comments as feedback at committee meetings. HOWEVER THIS IS NOT JUST FOR TAS! If anyone is a member of another society or group in the North that would benefit from this please feel free to contact me and I will offer the same for you, just let me know what society or group it is concerning and I will try to help as best I can.


Also, I have come across this link to some online tours of historic sites if anyone is interested in this.

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/5-virtual-tours-of-historical-sites/126924  and DigVentures has opened up its virtual field school online for free – please see their website and social media for details on this.


Finally, here are some quick links to pages for people that may be struggling at the moment.

For Stockton: https://www.catalyststockton.org/covid-19-community-support/


For other places: https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/

Please also continue to follow Government guidelines and seek medical attention where necessary. Local council websites are also good places to look. Again, please contact me if there are any questions.


On behalf of the committee, I hope you are all well and are staying safe and if you have any questions or please don’t hesitate to be in contact us.

Best wishes everyone!


(Deputy Chair and Communications)


Hi everyone,

Please read the information below.
I’m sure you will all be aware of the current global situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). As such, I would like to make you all aware that Durham Archaeology Day next weekend has been postponed and we will keep you informed as soon as we have any further information.

On behalf of the committee, I also regret to inform you that the TAS lecture on  31st March on Archaeology and the Environment Agency, on Teesside by Jennifer Morrison will also be postponed as a result of this. Jenny Morrison has let us know that there is information in the 2020 bulletin (pages 13-19) on the subject of her talk and also that the NAA are selling a monograph on the excavation site: ‘Life of Brine? Bronze Age and Later Discoveries at Marsh House Farm, Hartlepool’ which is £12 including postage and packaging. As a committee, we take the health and safety of the membership and any guest speakers very seriously and in light of the severity of the situation, we thought this would be the best course of action to take. Please remember if you are concerned about symptoms to refer to guidance online: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

We do apologise for any inconvenience and we hope to reschedule with Jenny as soon as we can. Please, don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions.
Stay safe everyone!
Best wishes,
(Deputy Chair and Communications)

TAS Website Maintenance – March 2020

Dear TAS Members and Followers, we’re performing some website updates and maintenance through March 2020. This is intended to simplify the navigation and add open-access to our BULLETIN annual journal, including the latest issue No. 24 (2020), so online documents can be downloaded without passwords.

As this proceeds, you may occasionally see some broken links, and things moving around a little bit. Please be patient. We’ll let you know when this is completed.

Kind Regards,
The TAS Committee (and Spence)

TAS AGM & LECTURE | REMINDER FOR 28 JANUARY | The Auckland Project: Bishop Auckland and Excavations at Auckland Castle | John Castling

Welcome back!

We hope you had a fantastic festive period! This is a reminder that the next lecture and AGM will be held on 28 January 2020 and this will be on The Auckland Project: Bishop Auckland and excavations at Auckland Castle by John Castling.

The subject of the talk is as follows:

Since the demise of the mining industry, Bishop Auckland has been affected by economic and social decline. The Auckland Project aims to drive regeneration in the local community, to make for a vibrant community. This vision is built around Auckland (Bishop’s) Castle, whose thousand-year history is being unearthed and interpreted; art; nature; and theatre.”

John Castling is a part-time PhD student at the Archaeology department of Durham University, researching the Roman, post-Roman and Early Medieval period of County Durham. He is also Curator of Archaeology and Social History at the Auckland Project, co-ordinating archaeological work at Auckland Castle and Binchester Roman Fort.

Can everyone please remember that it is also the AGM at the beginning of this lecture and that membership subscriptions are also due for 2020. As per the decision made at the AGM last year, the price of membership has been raised to £15 for a single membership and £25 for a joint membership. Both memberships entitle the members to attend any lectures and take part in any projects that we offer for 2020 (unless stated) and the TAS annual Bulletin (one per joint membership).

We hope to see you all there!

Stockton Central Library, 7:30PM start.

TAS LECTURE |Reminder 26th November |Annual Update | Steve Sherlock

This month’s talk is by Steve Sherlock giving an 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.

Please join us 26th November at Stockton Central Library for a 7:30 PM start.

TAS LECTURE |Reminder 29th October |Rock Art of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg in South Africa | Aron Mazel

The talk this month will be on Rock Art of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg in South Africa by Aron Mazel (Newcastle University, Reader in Heritage Studies).

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.

Also, there are a number of Future Learn courses, with links below, that may be of interest to TAS members. These are:

Introduction to archaeology


Hadrian’s Wall


Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime

Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology


We hope to see you all there! 7:30PM start, Stockton Central Library.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder 24th September | Rememorial WWI | Dr Ben Roberts


Welcome back!

We hope you had an amazing summer, full of fun.

This month’s lecture is titled ‘Rememorial WWI: Uncovering the Tees Valley’s Experiences of the Aftermath of the First World War’, by Dr Ben Roberts. This lecture will detail some of the findings from the Rememorial WWI project.

The lecture will be held on Tuesday 24th September at Stockton Central Library. Please arrive for a 7:30PM start.

We hope to see you all there.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder 25th June |The Yarm Helmet | Dr Chris Caple

Our June lecture this year will be held on Tuesday 25th June at Stockton Central Library, starting at 7:30PM.  The lecture is on The Yarm Helmet by Dr Chris Caple (Emeritus Reader in Archaeological Conservation, Durham University).

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.

We hope to see you all there.