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:
21 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