Past Meetings

Past Meetings

The CBA West Midlands 2008 AGM was held on Saturday 5th July 2008 at Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, Hednesford, Staffordshire.

The CBA West Midlands 2008 Education Day was held on Saturday 17 May 2008 at Birmingham Archaeology.

The "News from the Past 2009" day school was held on Saturday 28 February 2009 in the Birmingham Central Library Theatre.
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The CBA West Midlands 2009 AGM was held on Saturday 4 July 2009 at Lydbury North, Shropshire.

The "Pits, Pots and Pollen" day school was held on Saturday 31 October 2009 at the Edgbaston Campus of the University of Birmingham.
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The "News from the Past 2010" day school was held on Saturday 27 February 2010 in the Birmingham Central Library Theatre.
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A well attended day school devoted to the Staffordshire Hoard was held on Saturday 10 April 2010 at the Edgbaston Campus of the University of Birmingham.
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The CBA West Midlands 2010 AGM was held on Saturday 3 July 2010 at Weoley Castle ruins, Birmingham.

The "News from the Past 2011" day school was held on Saturday 26 February 2011 in the Birmingham Central Library Theatre.
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The CBA West Midlands 2011 AGM was held on Saturday 2 July 2011 at Northwick Manor School Hall, Northwick Road, Worcester.

The "Recording your past, Enriching your future" day school was held on Saturday 22 October 2011 at The Guildhall, Worcester.

The "News from the Past 2012" day school was held on Saturday 17 March 2012 in the Birmingham Central Library Theatre.
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The CBA West Midlands 2012 AGM was held on Saturday 7 July 2012 at St James' Church, Acton Trussell, Staffordshire.

The "News from the Past 2013" day school was held on Saturday 16 February 2013 in the Birmingham Central Library Theatre.
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The CBA West Midlands 2013 AGM was held on Saturday 6 July 2013 in the Coventry City Council House, Earl Street, Coventry.

The "News from the Past 2014" day school was held on Saturday 1 February 2014 in the Studio Theatre of the new Library of Birmingham.
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The CBA West Midlands 2014 AGM was held on Saturday 5 July 2014 at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham.

The "News from the Past 2015" day school was held on Saturday 28 February 2015 in the The Church Room, Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham.
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The CBA West Midlands 2015 AGM was held on Saturday 4 July 2015 at Sandwell Park Farm, Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich.

The Home Front Legacy 1914–18 Day School was held on Saturday 5 September 2015 at The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester.


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2008 AGM

Cannock Chase Visitors Centre after 2008 AGM, © Copyright Kirsty Nichol

The 2008 AGM was held on Saturday 5 July 2008 in the John O’Leary Centre at Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire.

After the AGM Stephen Dean, Staffordshire County Archaeologist, gave an interesting round-up of archaeological and historically based commercial and research projects in Staffordshire.

Martin Brown addressing Cannock Chase walk after 2008 AGM, © Copyright Kirsty Nichol

After lunch Martin Brown, No Man’s Land: The European Group for Great War Archaeology, and Kirsty Nichol, Birmingham Archaeology, led a guided walk out onto the Chase to look at practice trenches and other physical remains from when the area was used for troop training in the Great War which had recently been recorded by students on the University of Birmingham’s MA in Practical Archaeology and Landscape and Geomatics courses.


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2009 AGM

Cottage in Lydbury North, tour after 2009 AGM, © Copyright Peter Crouch

The 2009 AGM was held on Saturday 4 July 2009 at the Village Hall, Lydbury North, Shropshire.

After the AGM Mike Greene of the Lydbury Field Group spoke about their "Making of the Lydbury Landscape" project and after lunch led a guided tour of the village.


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2010 AGM

Weoley Castle ruins, July 2010, © Copyright Peter Crouch

The 2010 AGM was held on Saturday 3 July 2010 at the Community Classroom, Weoley Castle ruins, Alwold Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5RX

Community Classroom, Weoley Castle, 2010 AGM, © Copyright Peter Crouch

After the AGM John Hemingway gave a talk on the lords of Dudley and Weoley Castle. After a break for lunch John Hunt gave a short talk on Weoley Castle and its context after which Mike Hodder led a very informative tour of the site.

Mike Hodder's guided tour of Weoley Castle after 2010 AGM, © Copyright Peter Crouch

Weoley Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument of national importance. The ruins are over 700 years old and are the remains of the moated medieval manor house that once stood here. The site has been inhabited from the 12th century and, according to the Domesday Book, was part of the estate of William Fitz Ansculf. Excavations have revealed the wealthy status of the castle's occupants. Finds have included glass from Syria and a range of kitchen equipment. Weoley changed hands several times between 1485 and 1531 when it began to fall into disrepair. In the centuries that followed, stone from the castle was removed to build a nearby farm and the Dudley no.2 canal.


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2011 AGM

Left: Libby Stevenson, age 5, discovering the history of Northwick, Right: Mick Aston at the start of the Northwick Manor Heritage Trail, © Copyright Worcestershire YAC

Libby Stevenson, age 5, discovering the history of Northwick &
Professor Mick Aston of Bristol University at the official opening of
the Northwick Manor Heritage Trail on Saturday May 1st 2010

The 2011 AGM was held on Saturday 2 July 2011 at Northwick Manor School Hall, Northwick Road, Worcester WR3 7EA.

After the AGM attendees were able to follow the Northwick Manor Trail, which is based on the northern suburban fringe of Worcester City. The trail has helped to interpret, raise awareness and conserve the historic environment of the communities around Northwick.

The trail is a 5km (c.3 mile) circular walk through the historic landscapes and suburbs of Northwick and Bevere. Terrain is mainly easy going with a short, steep slope at one end, and sturdy shoes or boots are required. There is only one stile as the rest were replaced with wooden access gates as part of the project. A leaflet to accompany the trail has been produced and can be downloaded here. Also the Northwick Manor Community Heritage Project Leaflet can be downloaded here.


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Recording your past, Enriching your future
A Day School for local groups and volunteers in the West Midlands

Assembly Rooms at The Guildhall, Worcester, © Copyright Peter Crouch

Delegates making their way to their seats in the Assembly Rooms at the historic Guildhall in central Worcester.

The Day School was held on Saturday 22 October 2011 in the beautiful and historic setting of the Assembly Rooms in the The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY.

The programme included presentations on Historic Environment Records and how to use them, funding opportunities for local projects (2.6 MB .ppt file), the Coventry Historic Environment Project, the Eaton Camp Conservation Project and Stirchley Furnaces: Community Archaeology in Shropshire.

Sheena Payne-Lunn introducing Peter Insole, © Copyright Peter Crouch

Sheena Payne-Lunn, CBA West Midlands, introducing Peter Insole, Bristol City Archaeological Officer, who spoke about "Know Your Place", a project of Bristol City Council to enable people to explore their neighbourhoods through historic maps, images and related information.

Suzie Thomas presenting, © Copyright Peter Crouch

Dr Suzie Thomas, CBA Community Archaeology Support Officer, speaking about Community Archaeology and the CBA.

Historic Environment Fayre, © Copyright Peter Crouch

Delegates browsing the stands in the Historic Environment Fayre during one of the breaks in the programme.

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2012 AGM

St James' Church, Acton Trussell, © Copyright Peter Crouch

The 2012 AGM was held on Saturday 7 July in St James' Church, Lower Penkridge Road, Acton Trussell, Staffordshire.

Supporters in St James' Church after Tony Habberley's talk, © Copyright Peter Crouch

After the AGM Tony Habberley of the Penk Valley Archaeology Group gave a talk on "Neolithic Farmers to Roman Villa Estate" describing the excavations which the Group have carried out in the field next to the churchyard since 1984.

Supporters viewing the excavations, © Copyright Peter Crouch

After lunch Tony and other members of the Group led CBA WM supporters to view the site of the excavations and to see some of the finds which had been unearthed.

Some of the Group's finds, © Copyright Peter Crouch

Some of the Group's finds, including fragments of wall plaster and tessera.

Pottery finds and roof tiles, © Copyright Peter Crouch

A wide range of pottery and pieces of roof tile have been found on the site.


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2013 AGM

Coventry City Council House, by Nicholas Jackson

The 2013 AGM was held on Saturday 6 July in the Coventry City Council House, Earl Street, Coventry.

After the AGM there were two presentations, by Kevin Watson of CADAS on the activities of the Broadwell Archaeological Investigation Team and by Ian Soden on excavations at the Charterhouse in the 1980s.

The Charterhouse, Coventry, © Copyright Peter Crouch

After the presentations CBA WM supporters moved on to the Coventry Charterhouse off London Road for a picnic lunch in the grounds.

Supporters listening to Ian Harrabin's talk, © Copyright Peter Crouch

After lunch Ian Harrabin, in cap, of the Coventry Charterhouse Association gave a talk on the history of the Charterhouse and the Association's plans for its preservation.

Early 15th and late 16th century wall paintings, © Copyright Peter Crouch

Supporters were then given a guided tour of the building including the early 15th (top) and late 16th (bottom) wall paintings.


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2014 AGM

Birmingham & Midland Institute, © Copyright BMI

The 2014 AGM was held on Saturday 5 July at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS.

After the AGM Mike Hodder gave a presentation on "Twenty Years of Archaeology in Birmingham".

Newman Brothers Coffin Works, © Copyright Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works

After lunch the CBA WM supporters walked to the former premises of Newman Brothers coffin fitting works in Fleet Street for a guided tour given by Simon Buteaux of Birmingham Conservation Trust.

Supporters listening to Simon in the coutyard, © Copyright Peter Crouch

Simon, on left, describing the history of the building and the Trust's plans for it at the beginning of the tour.

Some of equipment still in place, © Copyright Peter Crouch

Some of the original equipment is still in place. Clockwise from top left: Simon demonstrating a drop stamp, the hoist and shroud crimping machine on the second floor, fly presses in the Stamp Room.

Supporters examining some coffin fittings, © Copyright Peter Crouch

CBA WM supporters examining some of the coffin fittings and illustrations of other funeral-related materials produced by Newman Brothers.

Shroud Room, 1960s, © Copyright Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works

A view of the Shroud Room from the 1960s.

More photos from the Coffin Works, © Copyright Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works

Photos of people and activities at Newman Brothers from the 1960s to the 1990s. On the right is the Admissions Board from 2014. The building will be open for tours of the historic factory from October 2014, see www.coffinworks.org for more information.


2015 AGM

Sandwell Park Farm © Copyright Mike Hodder

The 2015 CBA WM AGM was held on Saturday 4 July 2015 at Sandwell Park Farm, Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich B71 4BG.

Sandwell Park Farm is a restored 19th century "model" farm. It was the home farm of Sandwell Hall which was built on the site of Sandwell Priory and demolished in 1928. More information about Sandwell Park Farm is available at www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200248/parks_and_green_spaces/741/sandwell_park_farm.

After the AGM business, Mike Hodder gave a short introductory talk on the excavation of Sandwell Priory (1982-88) and other archaeological remains in Sandwell Valley followed by Jo Miskin of Sandwell Council and Neil Rimmington of English Heritage talking about current and future work on the site.

During the lunch break there was an opportunity for attendees to visit the Farm buildings which include a small museum displaying finds from the Priory excavations.

Excavated remains of Sandwell Priory © Copyright Mike Hodder

After lunch Mike, Jo and Neil led a walk to the Priory remains and other features of the historic landscape.

Emma Collins has posted some of her photographs taken on the day on the CBA West Midlands Facebook page.


Home Front Legacy 1914–18
Recording First World War sites in the UK

Delegates taking part in the day school at The Hive, © Copyright Sheena Payne-Lunn

Delegates taking part in the day school at The Hive.

CBA West Midlands was pleased to collaborate with the Worcestershire World War 100 project in hosting a day school for local researchers, led by the CBA, held on Saturday 5 September 2015 at The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester.

The day school was set up to introduce the Home Front Legacy project, providing training on how to use an online toolkit to record surviving sites, structures and buildings, and help to safeguard the physical legacy of the First World War in Britain.

Information recorded via the project will be fed in to local Historic Environment Records, in order to ensure that surviving remains are formally recognized as heritage assets and can therefore be a consideration within the planning process.

If you'd like to find out more, or perhaps record sites in your area, full details and the online toolkit can be found at: http://www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk.


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