Notices and future events
Recruitment of organisations to host Community Archaeology Training Placements
A message Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, AIfA
CBA Community Archaeology Training Coordinator
At the Council for British Archaeology we're looking to recruit a further 12 heritage organisations to host our next cohort of Community Archaeology Training Placements from September 2013.
The Council for British Archaeology will offer 12 year-long 'youth-focused' work-place learning bursaries from September 2013. Organisations from across the UK are sought to host these placements.
The Community Archaeology Bursaries Project is managed by the Council for British Archaeology and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Skills for the Future programme with additional support from English Heritage, CADW and Historic Scotland. The project provides year-long work-based learning placements in Community Archaeology based with host organisations across the UK. Half way through the three-year programme nine placements have been completed and a further 22 are currently underway.
A further cohort of 12 placements with a focus on developing 'youth engagement' will run from September 2013. The Council for British Archaeology invites archaeological and heritage organisations to apply for the opportunity to host these year-long work-place learning bursaries.
Full details of the application process and selection criteria can be downloaded from our website. Please contact the Community Archaeology Training Coordinator with any questions concerning a prospective application
Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, AIfA
Community Archaeology Training Coordinator
Council for British Archaeology
St Mary's House, 66 Bootham
York YO30 7BZ, UK
Tel: 01904 521243
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West Midlands Local Groups Events Listings
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Spring Course at the Local History Centre:
"In and around the Workshop of the World: Victorian Buildings in the West Midlands". Lectures will be on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm starting Wednesday 23th January 2013.
Cost: £38.00 for 6 lectures plus Tim's expert guidance on the field day, but does not include the cost of the coach. Lectures will take place at the History Centre, 5 Sherford Street, Bromyard. To book a place, ring Jennifer Weale on 01886 821368.
Wednesday 13th February 2013 The Members meeting scheduled for this date has been postponed and will now take place in June.
Wednesday 6th March 2103 7.30pm at the Conquest Theatre Bromyard. "Rolls-Royce Merlin", by Hugh Langrishe. Non-members £3.00 per person. All welcome.
Meetings are held on Saturdays, 2.15pm in the Shire Hall, Hereford. Entrance for non-members £2.00.
12thJanuary 2013 "Some archaeological myths exploded.", by Andy Boucher.
2ndFebruary 2013 "Medieval hall houses: recent research and discoveries in the couny.", by Duncan James.
2ndMarch 2013 "Some Herefordshire doctors.", by Henry Connor.
23rdMarch 2013 Spring Annual Meeting: Presidential Address. Janet Cooper.
Guests are welcome, but must take day membership of the Club: £1.00.
26th January 2013 Aerial photo workshop at Bramley, bring a picnic lunch. Please phone Beryl on 01432 851463.
Jan/Feb 2013 Joint session with Goodrich Local History Group - Saturday lunchtime - Shepherd's pie provided. Look at Goodrich LH material including Doward & architectural details of her new house. Phone 01600 890457 after Christmas for details.
3rdMarch 2013 Another attempt to explore Newton parish. Please phone Rosamund Skelton on 01989 564789 nearer the time for further details.
Meetings are held at the Castle Hall, West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, commencing 7.30pm. Entrance for non-members £3.00.
Monday 21st January 2013 "The Working Countryside - 1860-1941", by Robin Hill.
Monday 18th February 2013 "Shropshire's Finest Churches", by Richard Bifield. Followed by the Society's AGM.
Monday 18th March 2013 "Joseph Priestley and the Wilkinsons", by Diane Clark.
Monday 15th April 2013 "Brunel - A Victorian Genius", by Ray Sturdy.
(All lectures are subject to weather and availabilty)
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.
Monday 14th January 2013 "GVT - 'the Restoration'", by David Carter.
Monday 11th February 2013 "A retired Orthopaedic Surgeon", by Mr Gwyn Evans.
Monday 11th March 2013 "'The Fab Mortimer Family'", by Mr David Burton.
Meetings at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms on the first
Wednesday of every month at 7pm.
Contact: 0345 678 9024 or email@example.com.
Wednesday 6th February 2013 "Shropshire's Finest Churches", by Nick Mansfield.
Wednesday 6th March "Is it Treasure?", by John Cherry.
Programme of six Ludlow Lectures on Tuesday mornings, 10am - 12pm, at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. All six lectures, £15.00 or £4.00 per talk.
Tuesday 5th February 2013 "The Railway Through Ludlow", by Michael Rosenbaum.
Tuesday 12th February 2013 "Thomas Telford's Shropshire Legacy/Ludlow Through Time", by Dorothy Nicolle.
Tuesday 19th February 2013 "Five centuries of Mortimer Forest - Tudors to Present", by David Lovelace.
Tuesday 26th February 2013 "Constructive Conservation - the Marches Historic Environment", by John Yates.
Tuesday 5th March 2013 "South Shropshire Churches since the Reformation", by Tim Bridges.
Tuesday 12th March 2013 "The Story of Church Stretton", by Tony Crowe.
Meetings are held in Newport Baptist Church, Water Lane, Newport at 7.30pm.
Monday 21st January 2013 "The Journey", by Ted Cowling.
Monday 18th February 2013 "Staffordshire Hoard: New Research and Discoveries", by Stephen Dean (Staffordshire County Archaeologist).
Monday 18th March 2013 Annual General Meeting
Meetings are held in the Memorial Hall, Oswestry at 7.30pm.
For any lecture or visit enquiries please telephone Derrick Winter - 01691 654358
Friday 11th January 2013 "The Temperance Movement in Shropshire", by Carol James - Local Historian & Archaeologist.
Friday 8th February 2013 "A look at some Shropshire Saints", by Chris Jobson - Author & past President Eastern Orthodox Church in Shropshire.
Friday 8th March 2013 AGM followed by Presidential Address by Margaret Hill.
Meetings are held in The Shirehall, Shrewsbury at 2.30pm.
Saturday 19th January 2013 "The Archaeology of Medieval Hereford", by Nigel Baker.
Saturday 9th February 2013 "The Shrewsbury Coalfield", by Mike Shaw.
Saturday 9th March 2013 "The Drapers Legacy in Shrewsbury", by Nigel Hinton.
Meetings are held at the St Georges and Priorslee Parish Hall at 7.30 pm.
Thursday 24th January 2013 Annual dinner - The Dinner this year will again be at The White House Hotel, Muxton at 7.30pm. The cost to members and guests will be £10.00.
Thursday 7th February 2013 "William Hazeldine 1763-1840: The foremost practical man in Europe", by Dr Andrew Pattison.
Thursday 7th March 2013 "From Norbury to Shrewsbury by Canal", by Brian Nelson.
Talks held at the Senior Citizens' Club, Pearl Yard, Whitchurch at 7.30pm.
Thursday 10th January 2013 "The Pinfolds of Cheshire", by David Hayns.
Thursday 14th February 2013 AGM at 7.00pm followed at 7.30pm by a Quiz.
Thursday 14th March 2013 "Planning the New County Museum and Art Gallery at Shrewsbury", by Phil Scoggins.
Talks held at St Mary's Heritage Centre, Market Street, Lichfield at 8.00pm. Non-members are most welcome.
Friday 15th February 2013 "Dura-Europos. Pompeii of the Syrian Desert", by Professor S. James.
Friday 1st March 2013 "Ranulf de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester", by Iain Soden.
Friday 15th March 2013 "Swinfen Hall History", by Helen Wiser.
Meetings held at Staffordshire County Council Staff Club, 77 Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2NG. Meetings commence at 7.50pm, entry from 7.30pm.
Wednesday 2nd January 2013 Society AGM and Geoff's famous Quiz.
Wednesday 6th February 2013 "Amarna Interlude", by John Muir.
Wednesday 6th March 2013 "The Western Desert", by Colin Reader.
Saturday 9th March 2013 10.00am – 5.00pm at
the Kingston Centre, Fairway, Stafford ST16 3TW.
Following the success of last year's inaugural Staffordshire History Day, we will be running the event again this year. Come and hear about the exciting research currently going on into the County's history.
Tickets £17.00. Refreshments and lunch provided. Booking in advance is necessary and early application is advised given the popularity of the event. Directions to the Kingston Centre are provided on the flyer (see below). There is a free car park on the site and it is close to Stafford Railway Station.
More information including a programme and booking form is downloadable here.
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An A4 poster advertising the day is also downloadable here.
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If you have any questions about the event contact Mathew Blake
Lectures and Members evenings held at the Tixall Church Hall at 7.30pm.
Further details from Jim Andrews 01785 246101, email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 7th January 2013 "A History of the Aircraft Carrier", by Arthur Aston.
Monday 21st January 2013 Member's Evening - "Objects".
Monday 4th February 2013 "More of Rugeley Trent Valley", by Robin Mathams and David Barrett.
Monday 18th February 2013 Member's Evening - TBA.
Monday 4th March 2013 "History of Walsall Leather Trade with special reference to Barnsby Saddlery, suppliers of saddles to the Queen", by Cliff Tibbetts.
Monday 18th March 2013 Member's Evening - Annual Buffet and President's award.
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.
Friday 8th February 2013 "The Christian Background in Anglo-Saxon England at the time of the Staffordshire Hoard", by Andrew Sargent.
Friday 8th March 2013 "Investigating Adolf Island: The Archaeology of the Occupation of Alderney, The Channel Islands", by Caroline Colls.
St Editha's Church, Church Street, Tamworth at 7.30pm.
Tickets from Tourist Information Centre, Tamworth: members £4.00, non-members £6.00.
Monday 11th March 2013 "Anglo-Saxon Tamworth: A Reassessment" by Mike Shaw.
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.
Wednesday 9th January 2013 "The History of Croome Court", by National Trust speaker.
Wednesday 13th February 2013 AGM - 7.45pm start, followed by "Growing Up in Alcester", by Eric Payne.
Wednesday 13th March 2013 "The Amazing Life of Gertrude Bell", by Jan Long.
Rugby Archaeological Society
Saturday 23rd February 2013 from 10:00 for 10:30
start, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.
"The search for Richard III", by Matthew Morris from University of Leicester Archaeological Service.
We hope you will be able to join us for our next Morning of Archaeology at Rugby Art
Gallery and Museum on 23rd February 2013 refreshments from 10:00 for 10:30
start, when we have an illustrated talk about the recent search for King Richard III
in Leicester city centre. The speaker is Matthew Morris from Leicester University's
Archaeological Service, who was part of the team that found the remains believed to
be the King's burial. More information including the programme is downloadable here.
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The talk will be on the first floor Social History Gallery. As previously there is no change to attend, but on this occasion we require you to book in advance. Please book your place as early as possible because seats are limited. You can either go on-line to www.ragm.org.uk/ where you will find the link to the event and booking, or you may prefer to contact Rugby Visitor Centre in person or by telephone 01788 533 217.
In case you have not already booked but were planning to just turn up on the day, please note that the talk starting at 10:30 is now fully booked. However to meet the demand, Mathew has kindly agreed to repeat the talk at 12:30 on the same day. The on-line booking system will be reopening on Tuesday 12th February for this second session, or you may contact the Visitor Centre at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum with questions. Those already on the waiting list for the morning talk will be added to the bookings for the 12:30 session.
In view of the level of interest and limitations for this event, if you have booked a place and are not able to attend, please can you let the Visitor Centre know then your place can be reallocated.
Please book a place online by following the link from www.ragm.org.uk/ or alternatively contact Rugby Visitor Centre on 01788 533 217.
Saturday 23rd March 2013 from 10:00 for 10:30
start, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.
"Finding and Excavating the Hallaton Iron Age Hoard and Roman Helmet", by Ken Wallace, Volunteer Archaeologist, Hallaton Fieldwork Group, Leicestershire.
No charge to attend, but there may be a small charge for refreshments.
Please contact RAS Secretary Irene Glendinning if you have any questions or problems.
Warwickshire County Council Adult and Community Learning
Monday 11th March 2013 from 10.00am to 4.15pm at
Warwickshire County Record Office, Priory Park, Off Cape Road,
Warwick CV34 4JS.
"Town and Country in Medieval Warwickshire".
This day school will focus on the relationship between town and country in medieval Warwickshire through overviews and case studies, using the evidence of archaeology, documentary sources and standing buildings. Themes will include the progress of urbanisation in Warwickshire after the Norman Conquest, and the nature of urban communities and their impact on medieval life and society. We will consider towns and their hinterlands; the nature of rural settlement and society, revising some traditional ideas en route; and the material culture associated with urban and rural communities.
The day will be run by Dr John Hunt, BA, PhD, FSA, FRHistS, PGCE, and David Freke, MA, DipAD, FSA, MIFA. Tickets cost £15.00 and must be booked in advance by calling 01926 738 959. Please bring your own lunch.
More details are downloadable here.
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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 10th January 2013 "The English Electric Company 1918-1968", by Alain Foote.
Thursday 14th February 2013 Member's Evening - A chance for members to give short presentations on topics of their choice.
Thursday 14th March 2013 "The first iron-framed building in the world: Ditherington Flax Mill - history and restoration", by John Yates (Inspector of Historic Buildings, English Heritage).
Lectures are held at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, 3 Margaret Street, Birmingham 3, at 7.00 pm except for the January 2013 lunch-time lecture (Central Library 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).
Tuesday 8th January 2013 lunch-time lecture, 1.00pm "JW Evans Silver Factory, Birmingham", by Nick Molyneux (English Heritage).
Tuesday 5th February 2013 "Metchley Roman Fort, Birmingham", by Alex Jones (AJ Archaeology).
Tuesday 5th March 2013 "Recent Excavations in Birmingham", by Roger Kipling (ULAS).
Saturday 23th March 2013 from 09.30 to 16.00 at
Weoley Castle Ruins, Alwold Road, Birmingham B29 5RJ
"Stories from the Stones: Exploring Weoley Castle Ruins Day School"
This day school will put Weoley Castle into context for all enthusiasts and local history buffs. Our panel of experts, Kirsty Nichol (Development Officer, Weoley Castle Ruins), Dr John Hunt (Research Fellow, University of Birmingham), John Hemingway, Steve Linnane (Barbican Research Associates), Stephanie Ratkai (Barbican Research Associates) and Dr Mike Hodder (Birmingham City Archaeologist), will explore the history of the castle and some of the characters that owned it, as well as discussing findings from the archaeological excavations and the associated artefacts.
Tickets cost £12.00 per person (includes light refreshments - please bring a packed lunch).
Places are limited so pre-booking is essential - please call 0121 464 2193 to book your place.
Meetings held at Friends Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30 on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Tuesday 8th January 2013 "Midland Purple at Polesworth Abbey", by Tim Upton-Smith.
Tuesday 12th February 2013 "Archaeology and the Environment Agency", by Ed Wilson.
Tuesday 12th March 2013 "Medieval Royal Exile and Captivity", by Iain Soden.
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.
Wednesday 16th January 2013 "The Staffordshire Hoard", illustrated talk by Stephen Dean at New Church Centre.
Saturday 9th February 2013 Coffee Morning at The Old Town Hall.
Monday 18th February 2013 "Picture Postcard from the Black Country", illustrated talk by Ian Bott covering postal and social history at New Church Centre.
Saturday 2th March 2013 Coffee Morning at The Old Town Hall.
Tuesday 19th March 2013 "Brandauer - 150 years of engineering excellence", illustrated talk by John Berkeley OBE former Chairman [on the first fifty years] of this long-established Birmingham pen-making business at New Church Centre.
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.
Monday 28th January 2013 "The Chamberlains & Kings Norton", by Prof Peter Marsh.
Monday 25th February 2013 "The Archaeology of Redditch", by Emma Hancox.
Monday 25th March 2013 "Tales from the KE School's Foundation Archives", by Alison Wheatley.
Meetings held at The Conference Suite, Wolverhampton College, Paget Road,
Time 7.00pm, entrance fee £2.00 (non-members).
Contact: Jan on 01902 562568.
Tuesday 29th January 2013 "Lost Mansions of the Black Country", by Ian Bott.
Tuesday 26th February 2013 "History of Pottery", by John Christophers (Albrighton Pottery).
Tuesday 26th March 2013 "Moseley Old Hall", by Patricia Boyd.
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
Saturday 19th January to Saturday 27th April
Butler Bayliss: Poet Painter of the Black Country"
An exhibition of work by Edwin Butler Bayliss will illustrate his importance as one of the few 19th century painters of the industrial landscape. If you are interested in industrial archaeology it is well worth a visit ... and there's a good café.
Saturday 23rd March 2013 10.30am-4pm "Art and The Black Country" Study Day
Included as part of this exhibition is a special study day at Wolverhampton Art Gallery to celebrate the influence of the Black Country and its changing landscape and industry on artists both past and present. The day features a variety of insightful talks by historians and a contemporary artist.
Booking essential. Tickets: £25.00 per person (includes lunch and refreshments). To ensure your place on this event please book online or call the gallery on 01902 552 055.
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 6th February 2013 "The Nash Collection: an illustrated history of a Worcestershire family and their connections spanning 400 years", by Anne Owen.
Wednesday 6th March 2013 "The development of the postal sevices in England from the time of Henry VIII to the present time", by Alan Godfrey.
Further details from the Chairman Roy Murphy e-mail: email@example.com.
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.
Tuesday, 1st January 2013 Meeting / talk.
Tuesday, 5th February 2013 "1712 - The Creation of the Foley Barony of Kidderminster", by Roy Peacock.
Tuesday, 5th March 2013 TBC.
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).
Wednesday 9nd January 2013 "Emily Pepys, the young diarist of Hartlebury Castle", by Diana Clutterbuck.
Wednesday 23rd January 2013 "Revealing the historic landscape of the Wyre Forest by LiDAR Survey", by Adam Mindykowski.
Wednesday 30th January 2013 "Croome D'Abitot, Worcestershire and the Bunceton Missouri connection", by Arthur Casey.
Wednesday 6th February 2013 "The Archaeology and History of Medieval Rabbit Warrens and Pillow Mounds", by Deborah Overton.
Wednesday 13th February 2013 "From Hartlebury to heaven, the story of the Bishops of Worcester", by Mary Arden-Davis.
Wednesday 27th February 2013 "Lye & Wollescote", by Don Cochrane.
Wednesday 6th March 2013 Members' evening at Kidderminster's Museum of Carpet, with Paula Kovacs.
Wednesday 13th March 2013 "The Presidential Lecture", by Simon Buteux.
Wednesday 27th March 2013 "Land Clubs of Kidderminster", by Nigel Gilbert.
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.
George Gascoyne, Hon Secretary 0121 453 6320.
Tuesday 15th January 2013 "Bournville", by Edwin Gumbley. A joint meeting with the Lickey Hills Society.
Tuesday 19th February 2013 "The Workhouses of Birmingham", by Chris Upton.
Tuesday 19th March 2013 "Railways around Redditch", by David Morgan.
Talks held at Christchurch Hall, Malvern at 7.30pm.
Friday 25th January 2013 "Croome Park" by Dr Eric Jones.
Friday 29th March 2013 "Malvern Memories and Marvels", by Ray Sturdy.
Meetings are at the Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Redditch, B98 8HY at 2pm.
Monday 4th February 2013 "The Transport Interchange 1770-2012", by Brian Stallard.
Monday 4th March 2013 "Illustrated timeline/preview of the 1919/64 Exhibition", by Tony Green.
Venue to be arranged. Visitors are welcome to attend for a fee of £2.00 per person, payable at the door.
Saturday 12th January 2013 at 2.00pm. Peter Price Memorial Lecture: "Recent Work in the Hanleys - a Community Archaeology Project", by Derek Hurst.
Saturday 9th February 2013 at 2.00pm. SWAG
Workshop: Albrighton Pottery - a chance to create your own antique!.
Hands-on pottery - bring old clothes!
Callow End Village Hall, Upton Road, Callow End, Worcester WR2 4TE.
Thursday 21st March 2013 at 7.30pm. AGM, followed
by members' presentations.
The meeting will be held at The Hive, Worcester in The Studio, on Level 1 - Discover.
Meetings held at The Almonry, Evesham at 7.30 pm (Doors Open 7.15 pm).
Thursday 31st January 2013 "Settlement on the Site of Bengeworth School", by Roger Thomas.
Thursday 28th February 2013 "Read all about it - Newspapers", by Vanessa Morgan.
Thursday 28th March 2013 "Remarkable Restraints", by Rod Quilter.
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.
Monday 14th January 2013 "The Worcestershire Record Office: from the basement to The Hive", by Robin Whittaker.
Monday 4th February 2013 "2000 years of Worcester's defences", by James Dinn, Worcester City Archaeologist.
Monday 25th February 2013 "Worcester Cathedral: the Forgotten Centuries, 1540 -1860", by Brian Ferris.
Monday 18th March 2013 "A new light on an old industry: the industrial archaeology of the Worcestershire potter", by Dr Malcolm Nixon.
For information on venue and time contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 2nd February 2013 "The use of waterpower in mining", by Kelvin Lake.
Saturday 2nd March 2013 "The not so humble mill bill", by Colin Moore.