Over the past few months we have continued to work on developing the North West Regional Research Framework update project for the Historic Environment. The project itself has been extended to include an interactive testing and training phase which will run into 2021 and there are three strands we would like to brief you on.
Firstly, the Wiki website which will be the primary interactive source of online information for the new research framework. This will be available for Beta Testing soon, hopefully in April 2020. Until then this website will be updated to include the latest versions of the Research Questions.
Secondly, we are completing a point-in-time monograph that will summarise the Historic Environment research undertaken in the North West of England between 2006 and 2019. The intention was to launch this at the Spring meeting of CBA North West. Although that meeting almost certainly can not now take place due to the COVD-19 crisis the publication will still progress, and we will post details later in the Spring. The original research framework monographs, published in 2006 and 2007, are be available to download from this website.
Thirdly, we have arranged a series of training seminars on how to use the new Wiki website. Unfortunately, again due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are not able to deliver these in person. Instead we are compiling an online training package for download and use. This will be ready in April in 2020.
Don’t forget that the original North West Regional Research Framework volumes from 2006 and 2007 are still current. They can be downloaded from here:
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:
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
The 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.
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.
This 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 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: