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
Our Spring conference on Saturday 28th April 2018 is being held as part of the North West Regional Research Framework Update project. The following day (29th April) we are running four tours of key archaeological sites in the region: Castlefield in Manchester; Helmshore Mills; Lunt Meadows; and Norton Priory. The conference is free and can be booked on line here: