CBA Weekend Event

Each year the CBA holds a Weekend Event which consists of a series of visits, lectures and activities focusing on the archaeological heritage a particular region of the UK. It draws together CBA members, supporters, trustees, staff and others, alongside experts on the archaeology of the region, and starts with the annual Beatrice de Cardi Lecture. In previous years we have based the Weekend in Belfast, Liverpool, Leicester, Salisbury, York, London and Shropshire.

CBA Weekend 2012

The Devonshire Dome at Buxton Derbyshire County Council Creswell Crags 14th–16th September, Buxton, Derbyshire Join us in Buxton this September, where we will be taking a closer look at the unique archaeological heritage of this rich area. We take a guided tour around the spa town of Buxton, explore the Bronze Age landscapes of Stanton Moor, discover the birthplace of the factory system at the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, access the Ice Age caves at Creswell Crags, and enjoy the splendour of Bolsover Castle. Come and join us for what promises to be a fascinating insight into thousands of years of history. Places are limited so please book early using the form overleaf or register through our secure online shop. CBA members are entitled to a special discount.

Provisional programme

Friday 14 September

14.00–15.00 Registration at Buxton Museum
15.00–17.00 Guided tour of Buxton. Learn more about the spa town, the highest in England, with its thermal springs, a fine eighteenth-century crescent and the Devonshire Dome, the largest unsupported dome in Britain.
18.30–19.30 Drinks reception at The Devonshire Dome, Buxton
19.30–20.30 Beatrice de Cardi lecture University of Derby, Buxton, to be given by Dr. David Thackray, OBE, Head of Archaeology at The National Trust

Saturday 15 September

09.00 Coaches from Buxton
10.00–12.00 Guided walking tour: overlooking both the Derwent and Wye Valleys, Stanton Moor is rich in archaeological remains, particularly from the Bronze Age. Its barrows, stone circles and standing stones are set in a landscape of gritstone moors, river valleys and limestone fields.
12.00–13.00 Packed lunch (provided)
13.00–16.00 Visit to Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the birthplace of the modern factory system. A fascinating series of historic mill complexes, including Sir Richard Arkwright’s showpiece, Masson Mill.
16.00 Coaches return to Buxton
19.00–21.00 Evening buffet and social event at The University of Derby, Buxton

Sunday 16 September

09.00 Coaches from Buxton
10.00–12.30 Visit to Creswell Crags, a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves inhabited in the last Ice Age. Highlights include the recently discovered engraved rock art figures.
12.30–13.00 Packed lunch (provided)
13.00–13.30 CBA AGM
13.30–16.00 Visit to Bolsover Castle, which occupies the hilltop site of a medieval fortress.
16.00 Coaches back to Buxton

JOIN THE CBA TODAY Become a member of the CBA and make use of your special member discount price for this event. Membership includes subscription to British Archaeology magazine, regular newsletters and the opportunity to join in with CBA events. For more information please contact us or see our membership pages

FOOD, DRINKS AND ACCOMMODATION The weekend event will include a wine reception on Friday evening; with lunches provided on Saturday and Sunday. A buffet meal will be provided on Saturday evening. Accommodation is not included, so you are free to make your own arrangements. You may wish to visit the Buxton, Peak District or Derbyshire tourist sites for a large range of B&Bs and hotels in the area.

The Buxton Palace Hotel is offering a discounted rate of £85 per person per night, to conference attendees, subject to availability. To check availability please contact the hotel directly on 01298 22001.

PARTNERS The 2012 Weekend Event is organised by the Council for British Archaeology, in partnership with CBA East Midlands.

CBA Cornwall Weekend 2010

Tour of Shrewsbury by the Towncrier Visiting the Ironbridge

15–17 October A fabulous weekend was enjoyed by CBA members and friends in Cornwall in October 2010. The Weekend consisted of a series of visits, lectures and activities covering a wide range of topics and with talks from experts on Cornwall’s archaeological heritage. A day on Bodmin Moor and trips to the Cornish Mines and Engine site in Pool, King Edward Mine in Troon.

CBA Shropshire Weekend 2009

Friday 16th – Sunday 18th October 2009’s weekend event and CBA AGM took place in Shropshire. Based in Shrewsbury, we visited the WHS of Ironbridge Gorge, the Roman City of Wroxeter and the National Trust’s Attingham Park.

The Beatrice de Cardi lecture was given by Professor Marilyn Palmer of the University of Leicester, who cast a reflective eye over the history of industrial archaeology, as we celebrated 50 years of the creation of industrial archaeology as a discipline. Read more about the lecture.