Archaeology North West 2019 Conference

HoghtonTowerAug18 (5)Its that time of year again when we round up all the latest research and finds from across the North West. This year’s Archaeology North West conference, and our AGM, will have a Cheshire theme, with talks on aerial photography in the county, Murgatroyd’s brine Pump and a tour of the centre of historic Nantwich with its wonderful array of timber buildings. The Peter Lange Memorial Lecture will be given by Sarah Cattell, who will be talking about the recent community dig at Hoghton Tower in Lancashire. Liz Stewart of Liverpool Museums will discuss the survey and excavation of Liverpool’s last surviving courtyard housing.  The day will begin with our AGM (and we are always looking for committee volunteers).

The venue is Elim Church and Olive Grove Conference Centre in Nantwich (CW5 6LW) and online booking can be found here as well as on our events pages:

The Programme is as follows:

9.30: Registration, tea & coffee
10.00: CBA North West AGM
10.30: Peter Lange Memorial Lecture “Lancashire Summertime; Excavations at Rhyddings Park and Hoghton Tower” – Sarah Cattell, Salford Archaeology
11.10: “Excavating ‘Little Hell’” – Dr Liz Stewart, Liverpool Museums
11.40: “Recent archaeological work in Cheshire” – Kirsty Lloyd, Planning Archaeology Officer, Cheshire Archaeology Planning Advisory Service
12.10: “Murgatroyd’s Project” – Kerry Kirwan and Steve Broadfoot, Middlewich Town Council and Heritage Trust
13.00pm to 14.00pm Lunch
14.00: “Aerial Photographing and Mapping in Chester” – Joel Goodchild, Historic England
14.30: Tour of Nantwich – Dr Mike Nevell
15.50: Questions, tea & coffee
16.00: Close



NWIAC 39 Conference: Excavating the Steam Engine

Fairbottom Bobs c1890The 39th Industrial Archaeology North West conference will be on Friday 27th September at Bolton Museum and then in the afternoon at the Northern Mill Engine Society’s museum. The theme is excavating the steam engine. The programme and online booking link is below.

The conference is run by our CBA North West Industrial Archaeology Panel. The Panel was first formed in 1959 and then reformed in the late 1970s, so we are celebrating its 60th anniversary this autumn.




Spring Conference – Fire and Forge

MergedFileThere’s still time and places to book for our Spring conference on Saturday 11th May, ‘Fire and Forge. The creative and destructive archaeologies of fire’. Booking online can be done here:

The venue is Bolton Library and Museum and the line-up is as follows:


10am: Introduction

10. 10am: Mill Fires – Dr Mike Nevell (Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford)

10.50am: Moorland Fires – Anna Babcock (Peak District National; Park Authority)

11.30am: Comfort Break

11.45am: Irontongue Fires up the Mesolithic Hunter – Kevin Wright (Tameside Archaeological Society)

12.15pm: Medieval Metal Magic – Neil Coldrick (Holcombe Moor Heritage Group)

1pm-2pm: Lunch

2pm: Fear and Flame – Carolanne King (North West Graffiti Survey)

2.30pm: Metalworking at Poulton – Dr Kevin Cootes (The Poulton Research Project)

3pm: comfort break

3.15pm: Fire in the Mesolithic and Neolithic – Dr Ellen McInnes (Norh West Graffiti Survey)

3.45pm: Mining in Dalbog, Aberdeenshire – Dr Birgitta Hoffmann (Roman Gask Project)

4.15pm: Questions

4.30pm: CLOSE


NWRRF Draft Research Questions

The update project for the NW Regional Research Framework for the Historic Environment is moving towards its conclusion. Thank you to all who have attended the workshops and provided feedback. The results from all of this are set out in the recast and updated research questions and supporting statements in the documents listed below. These are presented by period and in table format, with the addition of a General Strategy section reflecting common themes applicable across the periods. A set of key points are presented at the beginning of each period. Retained questions from the previous Research Framework are referenced in brackets. Built heritage questions have been incorporated into the relevant periods.

There is now an opportunity to comment on the questions before a final version is prepared in early November to go on to the Wiki Platform (being prepared by Historic England) at the end of the year. The resource assessment chapters will also be completed in November. A point in time publication of the updated Framework will be issued next year (probably in Spring 2019). Whilst we are not looking for major changes at this stage, any comments you have would be welcome.

Please respond to Kirsty at by Friday 2nd November.

List of draft research questions by period:

Gen Strat Agenda Update 011018

INDST Agenda Update 171018

Post-Med Agenda Update 290818

Late Med Research Agenda Update 120718

EMED final format 280618

Roman final format 220518

Prehist Agenda Update 171018



‘Challenging Britannia’ Conference & AGM

amphitheatreThis year’s CBA NW autumn conference and AGM will be held at the Ribchester Village Hall, Lancashire, PR3 3XS, on Saturday 3rd November. The theme is ‘Challenging Britannia’ and there will be a variety of talks on the latest Roman archaeology research in the region followed by a tour of the Ribchester Roman fort site. Online booking can be made through this link:

The programme is as follows:

9.30: Registration, tea & coffee

10.00: CBA North West AGM

10.30: Digging Roman Ribchester – James Morris & Duncan Sayer, University of Central Lancashire

11.10: Roman Roads in South West Lancashire – Patrick Maloney, Wigan Archaeology Society

11.40: Fort in the Wood – Lancashire’s lost Roman Fort – Steve Baldwin, Bluestone Archaeology

12.10: Chester’s Roman Amphitheatre – Dan Garner, LP Archaeology

13.00pm to 14.00pm Lunch

14:00 to 1430: The Roman Archaeology of Quay Meadow, Lancaster – Lancaster & District Heritage Group

14.30: Tour of Ribchester Roman Fort

15.50: Questions, tea & coffee

16.00 Close




NWIAC 38: The Archaeology of Peterloo Conference

Excavating Hulme Barracks in 2013

The CBA North West Industrial Archaeology Panel will be holding its 38th North West Industrial Archaeology Conference on Saturday 29th September 2018. The theme is the archaeology of Peterloo.

This is an opportunity to hear about some of the archaeological work in the last five years on sites associated with the 1819 Peterloo massacre, whose 200th anniversary occurs next year. The provisionall programme is below and booking details can be found on out Eventbrite pages at:


The Archaeology of Peterloo

9.30 Registration, tea & coffee

10.00 Introduction: Dr Michael Nevell, Chair, CBA NW

10.10 – Sarah Cattell: ‘Digging Hulme Barracks’

10.40 – Ian Miller: ‘Early 19th Century Textile Mills in Manchester’

11.10 – Chris Wild: ‘Life in the First Industrial City: Early 19th Century Workers’ Housing’

11.40 – Rachael Raeder: ‘Excavating New Bailey Prison’

12.10 – Keynote address: ‘Protest Movements and the Peterloo Massacre’ Dr Robert Poole, University of Central Lancashire

13.00 – 14.00 lunch (not provided)

14.00 – Tour of Peterloo sites in Manchester and Salford (Terry Wyke)

16.00 – Summary and Questions, tea and coffee

An event run in partnership with the Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford


Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival 2018

GMFest18_Flyer221 June marks the start of the second Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival. Running for four days between the 21 and 24 June, there are events spread across the Manchester city region from Wigan to Ashton-under-Lyne, Castleshaw to Warburton. The festival is sponsored by the Centre for Applied Archaeology, in the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford, and the Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation. It’s designed to give a taste of the excitement of discovering the past, through a variety of digs, surveys, talks and walks. All of the societies involved are CBA North west members. 

GMAF18 is launched at Salford University on Thursday 21 June at 4pm with a key lecture by Prof Nigel Linge on the archaeology of the telephone box. There will also be some exciting news about the region’s archaeology.

As in 2017 all events are free. The events are listed below with links to the Eventbrite booking webpages. Scroll down and chose a link for booking:

#GMAF18 Thursday 21 June

  • Launch Event & Telecommunications Lecture ‘The K8 – 50th Anniversary of Britain’s last red phonebox’. Centre for Applied Archaeology, Peel Building basement.  4pm to 6pm

  • Trafford: Warburton Graveyard Survey, South Trafford Archaeological Group, 10am to 2pm

#GMAF18 Friday 22 June

  • Manchester’s Communications Archaeology Walk. Dr Michael Nevell & Prof Nigel Linge, 11am to 2pm

  • Manchester: Bellhouse Walk, Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society, 11am to 1pm

  • Wigan: Brimlow Roman Road Dig, Wigan Archaeology Society, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June, 10am to 4pm

#GMAF18 Saturday 23 June

  • Bolton: Hall i’th’Wood History Day, Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society, 10am – 4pm (tours at 12pm and 2pm)

  • Bury: Walls and Boundaries in the Holcombe Valley, Holcombe Moor Heritage Group, 1pm to 4pm

  • Stockport: Scholes Park Archaeology Drop-in, South Manchester Archaeology Research Team, 10am to 3pm

  • Tameside: Tameside Local History Forum History & Archaeology Day, Tameside Local History Forum and The Together Centre, 11am to 4pm

#GMAF18 Sunday 24 June

  • Oldham: Castleshaw Roman Forts Tours, Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts, 11am to 4pm

  • Tameside: Tameside Finds Workshop, Tameside Archaeological Society, Portland Basin Museum, 10am to 3pm

  • Trafford: Roman Pottery Workshop, South Trafford Archaeological Group, 1pm to 4pm