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The future of local government archaeology services: Call for written evidence

CBA Festival of Archaeology 2014 12th to 27th July

West Midlands Local Groups Events Listings

The future of local government archaeology services: Call for written evidence

An Inquiry for the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, led by John Howell MP and Lord Redesdale and supported by The Archaeology Forum.
Call for written evidence by the deadline of 14th February 2014.

The full calling document can be downloaded from the link below.
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CBA Festival of Archaeology 2014 Saturday 12th to Sunday 27th July

The CBA is pleased to invite you to take part in the only annual UK-wide celebration of archaeology! The CBA Festival of Archaeology gives everyone opportunities to find out more about their past by taking part in specially organised events during the Festival fortnight.

We hope that you can join in by organising an event! Events can cover whatever period, topic, or theme that you feel is appropriate and can be held wherever you'd like. It is FREE to take part!

The Festival is co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and is entirely reliant on the participation and support of heritage groups, societies, and organisations UK-wide. Over 1000 events were organised nationwide in 2013.

Please look online for participation guidelines, insurance information and events information and ideas.

Register online or return the downloadable form by email to festival@archaeologyuk.org or by post to the CBA at the address below.

The closing date to maximise publicity opportunities is 31 March 2014, but we can accept events online until 10 July 2014. If you wish to discuss the Festival in more detail, or if you are interested in finding out more about the CBA, please do not hesitate to contact me. Further details can also be found at www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk.

We do hope you will join us in celebrating the Festival of Archaeology 2014 and look forward to receiving details of your event(s).

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Sophie Pointon
Events Officer
Direct dial: 01904 521231
Council for British Archaeology
St. Mary's House, 66 Bootham, York YO30 7BZ
tel: 01904 671417 | fax: 01904 671384

Find an event near you: www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/


Albrighton Pottery offers a 55 minute talk on the history of potting.
The session starts with the first urban settlements and ends with the firing of a bottle oven in 19th century Stoke. There is also a 'hands on' element which has been known to cause hilarity. The talk is informative but more of an entertainment than a history lesson with dates.

Cost: £25.00 plus £10.00 travel expenses
Contact John Christophers on 01902 441140 or by email or snail mail at 33 Grange Park, Albrighton, Shropshire WV7 3EN.

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West Midlands Local Groups Events Listings





West Midlands



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Bromyard & District Local History Society

Weekend 6th / 7th July Bromyard Gala. Much help needed for the Society stand. Please ring 01885 490269

Saturday 31th August Bromyard Hop Festival. Exhibition open 10am – 4pm at L&FHC.

Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club

Meetings in Hereford are held on Saturdays, 2.15pm in the Shire Hall. Entrance for non-members £2.00.

Contact: david.whitehead.hafod@care4free.net

Tuesday 9thJuly A whole day visit looking at the architecture and building stones of churches between Bromyard and Bishops Castle. To be led by Paul Olver.

Tuesday 6thAugust A whole day visit looking at Anglo-Saxon sculpture in the county. To be led by the President, Joe Hillaby.

Archaeological Research Section Meetings

Guests are welcome, but must take day membership of the Club: £1.00.

Saturday 13th July A field meeting to investigate Hampton Court canal navigation sites to be led by Gerry Calderbank (01989 563470).

Sunday 18th August A field meeting on 'Some Other Manor Houses in East Herefordshire' to be led by Jean Currie.

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Bridgnorth & District Historical Society

Meetings are held at the Castle Hall, West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, commencing 7.30pm. Entrance for non-members £3.00.

(All lectures are subject to weather and availabilty)

Chirk Local History Society

Meetings are normally held on the second Monday of each month, in the Parish Hall, Chirk, starting at 7.15pm. You can attend as a casual visitor.

June Outing – to be arranged.

Craven Arms & District Local History Group

Meetings at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm.
Contact: 0345 678 9024 or discovery.centre@shropshire.gov.uk.

Ludlow Historical Research Group

Newport History Society

Meetings are held in Newport Baptist Church, Water Lane, Newport at 7.30pm.

Saturday 13th July Guided tour of Boscobel House followed by a visit to the nearby White Ladies Priory. Further details to be advised.

Oswestry and Border History and Archaeology Group

Meetings are held in the Memorial Hall, Oswestry at 7.30pm.

For any lecture or visit enquiries please telephone Derrick Winter - 01691 654358

Saturday 20th July All day coach trip to Lichfield. Telephone Heather (01691 662602) to book.

Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society

Meetings are held in The Shirehall, Shrewsbury at 2.30pm.

Saturday 13th to Sunday 28th July CBA Festival of Archaeology
The Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings (the Ditherington Flax Mill) are organising talks, walks and an exhibition during the Festival of Archaeology fortnight. Further details will be made available via the FBA, the FoFMM and the SAHS websites as they become finalised.

Saturday 10th August Medieval Hereford
A two-hour guided walk led by Dr Nigel Baker to look at some of the highlights of medieval Hereford, including the displayed/preserved Anglo-Saxon defences, the medieval town wall, historic buildings and streets, and find out how the modern retail centre has been moulded by the geography of the 11thC. It may be possible to visit a historic (14thC) interior. Meet: 2.00pm at the west front of the Cathedral.

The Wrekin Historical Group

Meetings are held at the St Georges and Priorslee Parish Hall at 7.30 pm.

Whitchurch History and Archaeology Group

Talks held at the Senior Citizens' Club, Pearl Yard, Whitchurch at 7.30pm.

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Staffordshire Archaeological & Historical Society

Talks held at St Mary's Heritage Centre, Market Street, Lichfield at 8.00pm. Non-members are most welcome.

Staffordshire Egyptology Society

Meetings held at Staffordshire County Council Staff Club, 77 Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2NG. Meetings commence at 7.50pm, entry from 7.30pm.

Wednesday 3th July 'Flinders Petrie: Father of Egyptian Archaeology and Inimitable Eccentric' by Lucia Gahlin.

Wednesday 7th August 'Reverend William MacGregor – Egyptian Collector' by Beverley Rogers.

Staffordshire Industrial Archaeology Society

Lectures and Members evenings held at the Tixall Church Hall at 7.30pm.

Further details from Jim Andrews 01785 246101, email Jim at tixandrews@hotmail.co.uk

Stoke-on-Trent Museum Archaeological Society

All lectures are held in the Learning Suite of the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley on Fridays at 7.45 p.m. Entrance at the side of the Potteries Museum, off Warner Street.

Admission is free to members. Visitors are welcome: £3.00, students £1.50.

Tamworth Heritage Trust

St Editha's Church, Church Street, Tamworth at 7.30pm.

Tickets from Tourist Information Centre, Tamworth: members £4.00, non-members £6.00.

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Alcester & District Local History Society

Talks held at St Benedicts School (new block at rear), Kinwarton Road, Alcester, at 8pm on 2nd Wednesday every Month except July. Members £1.50 - Visitors £3.00 - All Welcome.

Atherstone Civic Society

Contact: secretary@atherstonecivicsociety.co.uk

Rugby Archaeological Society

Saturday 8th February 2014 from 10:00 for 10:25 start, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.
"The History of Rugby", by Christine Hancock, Rugby Local History Group

More information including the programme is downloadable here.
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Contact: RAS Secretary Irene Glendinning

Warwickshire County Council Adult and Community Learning

Starts Tuesday 4th February 2014 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at St Laurence Church, Ansley, "Warwickshire and the Normans".

A course of six meetings on Tuesday afternoons with tutor Dr John Hunt.

More information including a booking form is downloadable here.
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Starts Tuesday 25th February 2014 from 1.00pm to 3.00pm at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Little Elborrow Street Rugby CV21 3BZ, "Photography Course for Beginners".

The course consists of six two hour sessions on Tuesday afternoons taught by a former press photographer.
Price: £48.00 (concessions available).

To book a place or for further information, please ring Adult and Community Learning on 01788 55 29 33 or email rugbyacl@warwickshire.gov.uk

A poster outlining the course is downloadable here.
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Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society

Meetings held on the second Thursday of each month, (September to June), in the Pyne Room, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, starting at 7.30pm. Visitors should park in the Junior School/Sports Hall Car Park. Members £1.00 or £2.50 for non-members.

Thursday 12th September AGM and AIA Conference report & 'The IA of Dundee' by Martin Green.

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Birmingham & Warwickshire Archaeological Society

Lectures are held at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, 3 Margaret Street, Birmingham 3, at 7.00 pm except for the January 2014 lunch-time lecture (Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre, 1.00 pm). Non-members are very welcome to attend for a small fee (£2.00, but no charge is made for talks in the Library Theatre).

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Saturday 17th August Talk and Walk at Weoley Castle, Alwold Road, Birmingham B29 5RJ.
In-depth talk on the history of the castle and its families by one of our resident experts, followed by a tour of the castle.
Starts at 1pm from the Viewing Area. £5 per person (includes coffee/tea). Booking essential, phone Blakesley Hall on 0121 464 2193 to book your place.

Sunday 28th July Weoley Castle Medieval Living History Day
1pm – 4pm. Free event.
Step back in time to the heyday of Weoley Castle. Witness Lord Dudley holding court and dispensing justice in the Great Hall and meet cooks, herbal good wives, brewers and tinkers. Also, find out what progress our medieval tile maker is making on his commission from the Lords of Dudley for the floor of the Chapel and try your hand at ancient crafts.

Coventry Charterhouse Association

The Charterhouse, London Rd, Coventry CV1 2JR
Email: Coventry.Charterhouse@gmail.com

Thursday 25th July Meeting at the Charterhouse at which the architects will be setting out the various options for the preservation of the Charterhouse Priory, the Estate and the Charterhouse Fields and seeking people's views.

Coventry & District Archaeological Society

Meetings held at Friends Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30 on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Contact: covarchweb@yahoo.co.uk

Coventry and District Archaeological Society (CADAS) have been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to investigate a possible Roman site at Broadwell.

Broadwell Archaeological Investigation Team (BAIT) and AOC Archaeology Group are undertaking a community archaeological project to investigate a Roman settlement site in the fields north of Home Farm.

More details are downloadable here or visit the project website for more information:
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Sunday 28th July BAIT Launch Party, 2 - 4pm, Broadwell Victory Hall

Come to the project launch, where the results of recent research into Broadwell's Roman past will be presented, along with details of how to get involved in this exciting project. It will take place at the Broadwell Victory Hall on Sunday 28th July from 2pm to 4pm, with a short opening ceremony at 2:15. After that, you can enjoy the various activities available.

There will be Roman craft re-enactment, a children's corner with colouring and a mini excavation, displays and refreshments and it will give you the opportunity to meet up with CADAS and AOC. We are also having a finds amnesty, so if you have picked up something in the local fields whilst dog walking or rambling, then please bring it along to be identified. It all adds to the story of Roman Broadwell.

More details are downloadable here:
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Handsworth Historical Society

Speaker Meetings: 7.30pm at Oaklands New Church Centre, Winleigh Road, (off Church Lane) Handsworth Wood, Birmingham B20 2HN. Admission: Members £1.50, visitors £2.00, including refreshments (Car parking facilities).

Coffee Mornings: Old Town Hall, corner of Slack Lane and College Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 2JL. 10.00am to 1.00pm. Admission free.

Saturday 13th July Coffee Morning at The Old Town Hall.

Saturday 3rd August Coffee Morning at The Old Town Hall.

Kings Norton History Society

Meetings held at Saint Nicolas' Place (Saracen's Head), Kings Norton. Doors open at 7.00 pm, talks start at 7.30 pm. Entrance fee for non-members.

Wolverhampton Archaeology Group

Meetings held at The Conference Suite, Wolverhampton College, Paget Road, Wolverhampton.
Time 7.00pm, entrance fee £2.00 (non-members).
Contact: Jan on 01902 562568.

Saturday 20th July Field trip, meet at the college at 9.45am.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 1DU.
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, closed Bank Holidays.
Admission free. Café open Monday - Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm.
Tel: 01902 552 055

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Droitwich History & Archaeology Society

Meetings held in the John Corbett Room, Droitwich Community Hall, Heritage Way, Droitwich Spa, starting at 7:30pm. Admission: £2.00 members; £3.00 friends and visitors.

Wednesday 3th July "Church Bells in Worcestershire", by Justin Hughes.

Further details from the Chairman Roy Murphy e-mail: roy.murphy@virgin.net.

Hagley Historical & Field Society

Meetings held at St Saviour's Church Hall, West Hagley DY9 0NS at 8pm (Park Rd & Worcester Rd junction). Visitors are welcome at £2.00 per visit.

Thursday 4th July 2 - 4pm, Guided walk around Bewdley.

Thursday 8th August 2 - 4pm, Visit to Harvington Hall.

Thursday 15th August All day guided walk at Button Oak, Bewdley.

Kidderminster & District Archaeological and Historical Society

Meetings held at the St George's Church Annexe (next to St George's Church), Radford Avenue (off Coventry Street), Kidderminster. On the 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesdays of the month between October and April at 7.30pm. Visitors are always welcome for a small fee (normally £2.00).

Lickey Hills Local History Society

Meetings held at the Trinity Centre (Lickey Parish Hall), at the top of Rose Hill, Lickey, at 7.45pm. Annual subscription: £10.00. Non members: £2.50 per meeting.

Malvern Museum of Local History

Talks held at Christchurch Hall, Malvern at 7.30pm.

Redditch Local History Society

Meetings are at the Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Redditch, B98 8HY at 2pm.

South Worcestershire Archaeological Group

Venue to be arranged. Visitors are welcome to attend for a fee of £2.00 per person, payable at the door.

Sunday 14th July A visit to the castle at Grosmont, Herefordshire, and the nearby church at Garway, which has Templar connections.

Sunday 11th August A walk following the route of the old Roman road from Kempsey Common to the Timberdine.

The Vale of Evesham Historical Society

Meetings held at The Almonry, Evesham at 7.30 pm (Doors Open 7.15 pm).

Worcestershire Archaeological Society

Meetings held in St George's Church, Hall, Sansome Place, Worcester WR1 1UG at 7.30 pm (Free car parking at the rear). Visitors are always welcome. Guest membership costs £2.00 per lecture.

Tuesday 23th July "19th Century Warwickshire Churches", Day trip led by Peter and Rosalind Bolton.

Tuesday 6th August "Silchester Roman Town", Day trip led by Michael and Jenny Goode.

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Midland Wind and Water Mills Group

For information on venue and time contact: midlandmills@supanet.com

Saturday 15th June Mills tour to Powys.

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