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:
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
All 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