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






CBA North West Spring Conference & Tours

Roman coinhoard from Knutsford

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:



Individual tours on Sunday 28th April, for which there is a small charge, can be booked here:





NWRRF Strategy Workshop 16/02/2018

We are pleased to announced that booking is now open for the latest workshop for the North West Regional Research Framework for the Historic Environment Update Project. Email Kirsty Whittall on K.Whittall1@salford.ac.uk to reserve a free place. This is a Strategy Workshop to be held on 16th February 2018 at Preston Masonic Hall. The workshop aims to review research questions and strategies for the updated framework objectives.

The Agenda for the Strategy Workshop is as follows:

10:00am Arrival and Welcome

10.30am Introduction to the Morning Session which will focus on:

General, Prehistory, Romano-British, and Early Medieval questions and strategies

11:00am Individual Free Comment Exercise

11:30am Group Analysis

12:30pm General Discussion

13:00 – 13:45 Lunch

14:00pm Introduction to the Afternoon Session which will focus on:

Late Medieval, Post Medieval, Industrial and integration of Built Heritage questions and strategies

14:30pm Individual Free Comment Exercise

15:00pm Group Analysis

16:00pm General Discussion, summing up/next steps

16:30pm Finish


NWRRF ALL Resource Assessment Updates Now Available

ChesterAmphitheatreVol1_2017All of the updated resource assessments for the NWRRF Historic Environment Update project have now been drafted. These are available to download as pdfs from the Period Updates pages of this blog site.

The three new additions are the Prehistoric and Roman updated resource assessments, and for the first time a resource assessment giving an overview of the historic built environment and buildings of the region.

All the documents are available to download and we are inviting comments on their contents (omissions, additions, new items for the bibliography) by the 15th January 2018.

These comments will form the basis of the final version of these period resource assessment chapters and will be available at the second NWRRF Conference on Saturday 28th April 2018, being held at the University of Salford in conjunction with CBA North West. Booking details for this free event will be sent out in January 2018.

Before then there are two further NWRRF public events for which booking will be open in January:

Research Strategy Workshop – venue Preston, Friday 16th February

Community Research Workshop – venue Penrith, Saturday 17th March


NWRRF New Post-Medieval & Industrial Period Summaries Available

The next batch of period updates for the NWRRF are now available for download and comment. These are for the Post-Medieval Period and the Industrial and 20th Century Period. They have been posted under the Period section of the current blog site and can also be found below. Both are initial drafts and we welcome comments and suggested additions for inclusion before the end of February 2018. Please email any comments to Kirsty Whitall at the Centre for Applied Archaeology (K.Whittall1@salford.ac.uk).

Updated Assessment_Post-Medieval


NWRRF New Medieval Period Summaries Available

The first two period updates for the NWRRF are now available for download and comment. These are for the Early Medieval Period and the Later Medieval Period. Both are initial drafts and we welcome comments and suggested additions for inclusion. These period chapters can be downloaded here: