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A comprehensive list detailing various conferences, which will be taking place over the next few months.

Late Iron Age Oppida

22 April 2017

A review of recent and current research into Late Iron Age British towns and their landscapes held at The Henley Business School, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus. 

This one day conference, will examine current understanding of British Iron Age oppida. Ten invited speakers representing some of the most exciting and up to date research projects on Iron Age towns and their environs will present their thoughts and recent findings. There will also be discussion and debate on present and future directions for research in this area.

The conference will run from 9am - 5.30pm and be followed by a complimentary wine reception from 5.30 - 7pm in the Archaeology Department.

£35 to include entrance, lunch, refreshments and book of abstracts.

For more information and a full list of speakers with abstracts please visit the website.

Annual lecture of the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland (CRSBI)

25 April 2017

Courtauld Institute of Art, London

North and South of the Loire: The Culture of Copying and the Rebirth of Sculpture

by Professor Deborah Kahn

From his thesis of 1950 on “Regional Schools of English Sculpture” to his later writings, Professor George Zarnecki, deputy director of the Courtauld Institute of Art from 1961 – 74, showed himself to be a master of visual comparison.  In one of his last articles (written in 1992), he surveyed the iconographic kinship between the earliest Romanesque sculptures at Saint-Benoit-sur-Loîre, Bayeux and Toulouse.  These far-flung similarities revealed a culture of copying that led to what may be regarded as a rebirth of architectural sculpture in these regions.  The article still serves as the basis for further exploration of the visual relationships between the earliest monumental architectural sculpture and the role of copybooks and loose sketches in the transmission of motifs and iconography.   George speculated that the likely source of all these relationships was the monastery and library at Saint-Benoit-sur-Loîre — as indeed has turned out to be the case.   Moreover, the emergent taste for monumental architectural sculpture on the great new ashlar buildings of the first half of the 11th century appears to reflect not only the preoccupations of the abbot of Saint-Benoit, Gauzlin (1004-1030), but also those of his half brother Robert II (972-1031), whose foundations at Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Saint-Aignan at Orléans were richly carved in the 1020s as well.   The rebirth of monumental architectural sculpture in the early eleventh century thus turns out to have been given impetus by the ascendant Capetian dynasty.  These connections amplify the links set forth by George and confirm not only his extraordinary ability to trace previously unnoticed formal lineages but also his role in laying the ground for future studies in the field of Romanesque art.

The lecture starts at 5:30pm. Please see the website for more information.

Mersyside Archaeological Society Evening Lectures

27 April 2017

The Society's monthly Thursday evening lectures are held at The Quaker Meeting House in School Lane in the City Centre (post code L1 3BT).

Doors open at 7pm for tea and coffee. Lectures start promptly at 7.30pm and finish at 9pm.

April 27th - Annual General Meeting followed by Samantha Rowe - Title to be confirmed
Samantha Rowe made her mark as the project officer managing the highly successful ‘Rainford’s Roots’ community archaeology project. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Huddersfield and will be telling us about her research.

For more information please visit the website.

CBA Wales Cymru Spring Meeting and Symposium

29 April 2017

Kenyon Hall, Holt

In conjunction with Holt History Society. Meeting 11.00 a.m. followed by lunch (fee chargeable on the day). Afternoon symposium  at 1.30 p.m. includes talks about the work of Holt History Society and local archaeological works. Optional walk available.

For agenda and programme visit the website.

Summarising and Sustaining: A Community Archaeology Conference and Workshop

29 April 2017

A FREE event to be held at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

This combined conference/workshop will include a number of summaries of recent and current community archaeology projects across CBA North’s region, as well as a workshop section discussing, among other issues, the challenges and opportunities faced by local groups in:

  • sustaining community efforts
  • pooling of interests and knowledge, skills and experience
  • obtaining funding for community-based projects

Morning and afternoon refreshments will be available but lunch will not be provided.

Information about the activities of local groups, and other archaeological events taking place across the CBA North region, continues to be gathered and promoted to our Members through emails and also through the website.

Power and Place in the Middle Ages - Call for papers

Medieval Settlement Research Group Spring Conference

29 - 30 April 2017

A two day conference hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

The events of the past year have been a reminder of the importance of power and its unpredictability as an agent of social and material change. How societies choose to govern themselves, or how those in power choose to govern, has consequences which pervade all levels of society. This conference therefore seeks to examine the role of power in the history of medieval settlements and landscapes. We invite proposals for individual papers of 30 minutes in length examining the conference theme of ‘Power and Place in the Middle Ages’. The conference will be an interdisciplinary event and the conference organisers welcome proposals from across the full range of academic disciplines.

Possible topics for inclusion (although we are also happy to receive additional papers on the broader subject of Power and Place):

  • The role played by secular and religious power and institutions in the formation and history of medieval settlements and landscapes.
  • Power and the formation of social and individual identity within medieval communities.
  • Representations of, and the construction of, power through the manipulation of settlement and landscape.
  • The role played by material culture and literary and visual culture in the social construction of power in the Middle Ages.
  • Theoretical approaches to understanding power and the formation of social and individual identity in pre-modern societies.

The term power as considered here is not simply referring to political or institutional power, nor should it be only be equated with coercion and domination. Power, be it cultural, political or economic, provides opportunity for some, restricts others, while others are able and willing to resist power. Hence, the interplay between those with power, and those without, is complex and subject to constant renegotiation. Furthermore, how we seek to define power and understand its effects, be it in terms of individual agency or social structures, lies at the heart of our conception of the individual and society, and the nature of social and material change.

Papers are invited from both established scholars and from post-graduate scholars having completed the first year of a PhD. Please submit a title and 200 word abstract to by 28 February 2017.

The Medieval Settlement Research Group is a multi-disciplinary group that facilitates collaboration between archaeologists, historians, geographers and other interested parties dedicated to developing understanding of settlement between the fifth and sixteenth centuries AD. Further information on the group and forthcoming events can be found here.  

For further information on the call for papers and the conference please contact Benjamin Morton (Newcastle University) at or go to the society’s homepage.

Flintspiration - Norwich Medieval Churches Weekend

29 April - 1 May 2017

We're delighted to announce Norwich's first festival celebrating the city's medieval churches. Flintspiration will take place over Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, with over 20 events per day at churches and venues across the city. 

Events include performances, family activities, church trails and guided walks, open buildings, exhibitions and much more.

For more details please visit the website where you can sign up to receive notification of the events programme which will launch in mid-March, follow us on Twitter and Facebook or contact project officer Heather Guthrie:

British Art: Ancient Landscapes Exhibition

8 April - 3 September 2017

The Salisbury Museum

This major new exhibition is curated by Professor Sam Smiles, Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth and brings together his life-long passion for the history of art and a deep fascination for archaeology. The exhibition represents a first both for the museum and for Sam, as it the first show dedicated exclusively to artistic views of British prehistory and includes works by British artists from the 18th century to the present day.

The result is an exhibition that will feature some of the greatest names in British Art from the last 250 years. The work of artists such as John Constable, JMW Turner and William Blake will be familiar, but these monuments have continued to inspire artistic responses into the modern period, too, as shown by  Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Richard Long, Derek Jarman and Jeremy Deller. Putting these artists into conversation with one another reveals how this landscape has been re-imagined by successive generations.

The museum has many themed events running alongside the exhibition, which will include the opportunity to hear Sam talk exclusively about the exhibition at a Private View on 26 April. An exciting programme of speakers throughout the summer blends archaeology and art history and includes:

  • Professor Richard Bradley talking about ''Rock art' - prehistoric art in the prehistoric landscape'
  • James Russell who curated ‘Ravilious’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery (2015) talking about ‘Eric Ravilious: Downland Man’
  •  Anna and Patrick Dillon, artist and cultural ecologist talking about ‘The Draw of the Ancient Landscape’
  • Dr Jim Leary, Director of Archaeology Field School at the University of Reading talking about ‘The Vale of Pewsey Project’

The exhibition will further be illuminated by opportunities to walk in the ancient landscape with expert photographers and archaeologists. Marketing Officer, Louise Tunnard said, “We are so fortunate to live alongside the ancient landscapes that inspired these wonderful artists, and which remain relatively unchanged since pre historic times. I am hoping that we will inspire visitors to the exhibition to walk these landscapes too and discover their enduring appeal.”

Normal admission charges apple, £7.50 adults and £3.60 children.

Opening hours:

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Sundays 12 midday - 5pm

For more information please see the website.

Foundations of Archaeology Conference - Celebrating the past in the present

6 May 2017

This one day conference will explore the present day legacy of the seminal archaeologists General Pitt-Rivers, Sir Richard Colt Hoare and William Cunnington and examine the new archaeological research and fieldwork which is shedding fresh light on the sites they examined.

The conference will be held in Dinton Village Hall, SP3 5EB.

Ticket price £18 per person if booked before 31 March 2017 and £23 after. All tickets include refreshments and lunch.

Tickets available by emailing or 01747 870810.

For more information, programme and list of speakers please visit the website.

The Holleyman Archaeology Lecture 2017

11 May 2017

Annual lecture by Dr Miles Russell on 'Arthur and the Kings of Britain: archaeology and the 'lost voices' of prehistory'.

Followed by a wine reception and book signing by Miles of his new book on the topic of the lecture.

Entrance by ticket (£10) from the Sussex School of Archaeology website.

Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group Annual Recording Conference: Barnsley's Best Buildings

12 to 14 May 2017

Annual recording weekend, to be held in the Barnsley area. We will record some of the Barnsley area's Grade I and II* vernacular buildings: houses and associated buildings, summer houses, stables, barns and farm buildings, building on and adding to studies done nearly forty years ago. All welcome, whether beginners or experienced members!

£85 per person with meals, £35 per person without meals.

Two YVBSG bursaries of £150 each, in memory of member Tony Tolhurst, are available to help pay for attendance at the conference.

For more details and booking please see the website.

Fifty Years of Conservation Areas

7 June 2017

A public lecture by Dr Simon Thurley.

The first Conservation Areas were designated in 1967, today at the golden anniversary there are some 10,000 sites. The presentation will explore the origins, variety and some challenges for the future.

The lecture will be held at the Museum of London, Barbican EC2Y 5HN. 

The lecture will be accessible to the general public on a first come first served basis and begin promptly at 6pm.

This lecture forms part of a series. For more information on please see the website.

Walkabout in Bolton-by-Bowland

Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group

17 June 2017

A walkabout in Bolton-by-Bowland, formerly in the West Riding, with Kevin Illingworth.

We start with a village walkabout (and perhaps a bit further) in the morning. After lunch in the village shop/tea-room there will be a longer walk, taking in Fooden Farmhouse, Fooden Hall, King Henry’s Well, Bolton Peel Farmhouse, Broxup House, with more to come.

For more information and booking please see the website.

International Workshop on 'Rural Settlement - relating buildings, landscape, and people in the European Iron Age'

19 to 21 June 2017


Jointly organised by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Eisenzeit, the University of Edinburgh and the First Millennia Studies Group.

See the website for further details.

The closing date for offers of papers is 28 February 2017.

The Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland: results, implications and wider contexts

23 - 25 June 2017

This weekend conference will provide an opportunity to explore some of the results of the AHRC-funded 'Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland' project and to set these into wider contexts. Papers will be presented by members of the Atlas team as well as by colleagues working on related themes within and beyond Britain and Ireland. Members of the Hillfort Study Group, and of the Project Steering Committee have been invited to chair sessions and lead discussion. All are welcome to attend and a particular invitation is extended to those who contributed to the Citizen Science initiative associated with this project.

Attendance is free, but ticketed. 

In collaboration with University of Oxford.

For more information please visit the website.

New Forest Knowledge Conference 2017

Call for Papers: New Forest Archaeology: Who’s doing it?

27 - 28 October 2017

Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

New Forest Knowledge is a partnership between two projects within the Heritage Lottery Funded programme ‘Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership’: Ecademy, led by the New Forest Centre, and Heritage on my Doorstep, led by the National Park Authority. Both projects have the aim to make the unique heritage of the New Forest more accessible to all across a variety of levels and interest.  Ecademy seeks to promote information sharing and integration through the creation of on-line resources; Heritage on my Doorstep seeks to engage the local community in researching and sharing the history and archaeology of the New Forest.

The aims of the 2017 conference are to celebrate the archaeological work and research being carried out in the New Forest, to find out who is doing what, and to share the results of recent work. We would like to break down perceived boundaries between academic communities, commercial units, and local groups in a way that gives everyone an equal platform on which to share their research. Papers will be arranged chronologically, telling the story of the New Forest, before focusing on specific themes such as technology, economy and society. A display area will have stalls, stands and exhibitions from a wide range of relevant organisations.

We now welcome contributions addressing any aspect of archaeology in the New Forest. However we ask that contributors place their work within the wider context of how their research is helping to enhance our understanding of New Forest and ‘the bigger picture’ of the past.

To contribute a 20-minute paper please send your title and abstract (c. 250 words) to Katharine Walker ( or James Brown ( by 5 May 2017.

We also welcome posters (A0 portrait size for easy mounting); if you would prefer to share your research in this medium, please let us know (Funding will be available to cover the costs of poster printing for community groups and students). Prospective exhibitors are also invited to get in touch and book a table or display space.

Follow the links to find out more about the Ecademy and Heritage on My Doorstep projects.

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