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

An Evening with Alice Roberts: Digging into Britain’s Past

Various dates

Anthropologist, author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts has been delving into Britain’s past, and making archaeology programmes, for nearly twenty years. Alice joined Time Team as a bone expert before going on to present anthropology and archaeology stories on BBC Two’s immensely popular Coast series and co-presenting The Celts in 2015. Alice has presented seven series of Digging for Britain, sharing new archaeological discoveries from across the UK on BBC Four, and she has explored the history of our towns and cities in Britain’s Most Historic Towns on Channel 4 - which will be back with a second series in 2019. She has written eight popular science and archaeology books, including The Celts and Tamed: Ten species that changed our world.

In this exclusive tour, Alice will share insights, anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories from her personal journey to explore Britain’s past, with footage from her programmes and excerpts from her books. Each show will finish with 20 minutes Q&A.

Video Trailer -

Link to dates:

The Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of York

15.02.19 Masters Taster Day

If you have ever considered taking your knowledge of Parish Churches further, then this degree is for you!

Run over 2 years (part-time), by distance learning, the online PGDip in Parish Church Studies: Heritage, History and Fabric, run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of York in partnership with The Churches Conservation Trust, allows you to study from anywhere in the world and be flexible with your learning!

Six modules cover a diverse range of subjects to provide an excellent academic grounding in the key issues, themes and contexts associated with the changing nature of parishes and parish churches. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of a breadth of notable research on topics ranging from the conservation of the church and its legislative framework, sacred objects and art, to the management and care of the churchyard.

You will also be able to attend an optional residential weekend where you can meet fellow students, experts, and staff, engage in discussion and share your knowledge. 

Applications are now open and .and Masters Taster Day takes place on 15.02.19 For full info or to apply, see: Email: Telephone: 01904328482

*Fee discounts available for York graduates.

Current Archaeology Live! 2019

8.3.19 - 9.3.19, London

Current Archaeology's annual conference, focusing on the latest finds and ground-breaking research within archaeology, will be held at Senate House, London. The winners of the 2019 Current Archaeology Awards, as voted for by the public, will be announced at the Friday evening reception. 

For more information, visit, or call 020 8819 5580.

CBA West Midlands, News from the Past, The latest archaeological discoveries in the West Midlands

23.03.19, Carrs Lane Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX

This year’s event includes keynote presentations from Helen Wass, High Speed Two Ltd, on ‘An overview of the HS2 Historic Environment Programme’ and Rob Early, WSP, on ‘The archaeology of HS2 in the West Midlands area’.  Other talks will include Mike Hodder on Sutton Bank, John Hunt on Berkswell Parish Church and Janine Young, National Trust West Midlands, on recent work in the West Midlands including at Attingham Park.

Members £15, non members £20

For further information visit

What is unique about Cornish buildings? 

22.03.19 - 23.03.19, Cornwall
Celebrating 50 years of the Cornish Buildings Group, the Group invites new and challenging paper submissions to explore and discuss the conference question. Some of the themes the conference will explore include Cornwall’s distinctive architectural style, indigenous building types and buildings stones; houses, churches, chapels and meeting houses, vernacular, agricultural, commercial and industrial buildings; follies, garden structures & coastal dwellings; What constitutes good distinctive design in town and streetscapes; heritage at risk and place-making. Tickets will be available from September. For more information visit  or email to reserve a place.

Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2019

22.03.19 - 24.03.19, University of Glasgow

Call for Papers and Posters. The Congress is open to all researchers to report current and recent research on any aspect of post-edieval/laterhistorical archaeology. No geographical focus and papers from around the world are welcome.

Contributors are asked to offer 15-minute papers or poster displays. Short organised sessions of up to six papers set around a particular research interest or theme also encouraged. Send proposals with a title and abstract of up to 150 words. Session proposals to additionally include a list of speakers. Send to by 17th December 2018.

The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust Annual Conference: Your Roman Past

30.03.19, Castor, near Peterborough

The Conference is aimed at both those who live in the local area - and anyone with an interest in how 400 years of Roman occupation changed Peterborough’s landscape.

The conference is taking place on the site of one of the largest Roman buildings in Britain - the so called Castor Praetorium. Castor is just a mile from the Roman town of Durobrivae alongside the Ermine Street bridge over the Nene. We will be close to Normangate Field which was an industrial suburb central to the Roman Nene valley pottery and iron industry.

The speakers have played a direct role in discovering and interpreting the Roman history of the Nene Valley - both as hands on archaeologists and as respected academics.

The conference comes at a fascinating time when extensive geophysical surveys are revealing new discoveries about our Roman past - and as plans are being developed for a major new programme of investigations in and around the Roman town of Durobrivae (near Water Newton).

The Conference will begin at 9am and close at 5pm. The talks will typically last for 35-40 minutes to allow plenty of time for questions and discussion. A buffet lunch will be provided.

Tickets need to be booked in advance via Eventbrite:

Conference Fee: £25; Students: £20

Exploring the Archaeology of Yorkshire Landscapes

06.04.19 University of Hull

Exploring the Archaeology of Yorkshire Landscapes: conference inspired by Tony Pacitto (1931- 2003) – archaeologist, photographer, air photographer, excavator, geophysicist & metal detectorist.

This conference is organised by the Prehistory Research Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, in association with the University of Hull and East Riding Archaeological Society, ERAS. Papers will focus on landscapes within the East Riding of Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire, reviewing techniques for revealing archaeological sites from prehistory through to the medieval period. There will be some new insights into Iron Age chariot burials and the later prehistoric settlement of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Tickets: £12 includes morning and afternoon tea/coffee, or £20 additionally includes buffet lunch. Full programme and booking at:


Archaeology at Hengistbury Head Past, Present and Future

6-7.04.19, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University

Sandwiched between Christchurch Harbour and the English Channel, Hengistbury Head has been the scene of settlement and ceremony for more than twelve thousand years. Forty-years on from the last main campaign of fieldwork it is time to take stock of what we know, how understandings have changed over the decades, and where we might take research over the next few years. This two-day conference, organized jointly by the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre and Bournemouth University, aims to explore the current state of knowledge about the site and its environs from prehistoric time to the present day, and develop an agenda to help structure further work. The first day will be held at Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus and comprise lectures and discussions led by distinguished archaeologists with interests in the site: Barry Cunliffe, Nick Barton, Kath Walker, Tim Darvill, Julie Gardiner, Mark Holloway, Dr Clément Nicholas, and Peter Hawes. On the second day there will be a guided walk around Hengistbury Head, led by experts involved with the site’s management and presentation, followed by a facilitated round-table workshop to build and give life to a new research framework. The meeting is free to participants who wish to attend all or some of the two days, but advanced on-line booking through Eventbrite is needed to reserve a place

UK Archaeological Sciences Conference, 2019

24-26.04.19, University of Manchester

The conference will take place in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), walking distance from Manchester Piccadilly train station. The Welcome Reception will be held at the Manchester Museum fossil gallery on the 24th April with some of Boyd Dawkins' faunal collections in the surrounding displays. The conference dinner will be held on the 26th April at Christies Bistro, based in the nearby old Science Library of Owens College. Further information available:

The Materiality of Death: on the trail of grave-goods (past, present and future)

31.05.19, British Musuem, London

The final project Conference at the British Museum on behalf of the AHRC-funded Grave Goods Projetc (based at the Universities of Reading and Manchester and the British Museum).

This conference conference coincides with the launch of the new Grave Goods trail in the British Museum and the redesigning of elements associated with death and burial in the British and European prehistoric galleries. Tickets will cost £10.

Help create the biggest ever historical tabletop war game to replay Battle of Waterloo

15-16.06.19, University of Glasgow

Glasgow will host the biggest ever historical tabletop war game to replay the Battle of Waterloo.  Organisers are looking for war gamers, schoolchildren, members of the public, amateur artists, as well as military personnel and veterans to get involved in this massive undertaking. For the one off charity event, the University of Glasgow will be joining forces with Waterloo Uncovered.  The charity, Waterloo Uncovered, has been excavating on the Waterloo battlefield since 2015, using a team of professional archaeologists working alongside veterans and serving personnel, many of whom suffer from a range of physical and mental injuries as a result of their service, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 
Members of the public can volunteer to take part in a massive painting club in the months leading up to the war game.  For further information:

Berkshire Archaeological Society’s Conference

06.04.19, Wokingham

The conference will have ten specialist talks starting with prehistoric evidence found in quarries and on the banks of the Thames, through the Roman period with Professor Fulford talking on the Roman baths, Silchester and Dr Sara Machin discussing Nero’s brickworks. Paul Booth of Oxford Archaeology will offer his thoughts on eleven years of excavation on Roman Dorchester and on to Mediaeval Runnymede and the churchyard at St Mary’s, Wargrave, where the osteology of bodies shows they date fom the late Medieval to the 19th century. Held at The Cornerstone Hall, Wokingham, RG40 1UE from 10.00 am until 4.00pm. All welcome. Bring a packed lunch or local cafes available. Parking nearby. Entrance: £10. For further information contact:

The Pilgrimage of Hadrian's Wall 2019

20-28.07.19, Newcastle and Carlisle

The next Pilgrimage will run from 20 to 28 July, the first 4 days being based in Newcastle and the remainder in Carlisle. The Wall will be visited from South Shields on the North Sea to Maryport on the Solway. Pilgrims will travel in coaches between sites but there will be plenty of walking. We will be based at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle for the first four nights and the County Hotel in Carlisle for the second four. The main themes of the tours will be the evidence for the building of the Wall and its later history in the third and fourth centuries. Eight experts in Hadrian's Wall will undertake the guiding. 

The registration fee for participation will be approx. £410 per person.

For booking contact: Ian Caruana, 10 Peter Street, Carlisle CA3 8QP. Tel 01228 544 120. Email:

Please enquire for options for accommodation, if required.

Surrey in the Great War

20.07.19, Dorking Halls, Dorking

The big finale event, to mark the end of the active phase of the Surrey in the Great War (SGW) project, will be held on Saturday 20th July 2019. The day-long event will be held at Dorking Halls, Dorking, close to the centenary of Peace Day, 19 July 1919, which marked the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the official end of the First World War. Our project celebration will showcase all that we have achieved as part of the project, as well as featuring talks, project exhibitions, and displays from a variety of local history groups who have contributed to SGW. For further information tel: 01483 518737 or email:

Vernacular Architecture Group - Winter Conference 2018/2019


the 65th Annual General Meeting of the Vernacular Architecture Group takes place in the College Court Conference Center, Leicester on Saturday 5th January.  The meeting will commence at 20.00.

Evening lecture 'Windows to the outsdie world' by Edward Martin (independent scholar), commencing 20.40.

On Sunday 6th January, two sessions will be held:

09.15 Regional and temporal contrasts

14.00 Farming landscapes

Fees for the conference are £160 Resident and £87 Non-Redisent to include all meals shown in the programme.  To attend, please complete and return a Booking Form, available by post from:

Assistant Winter Conference Sec. (VAG)

60 Lindley Street


YO24 4JF

To arrive no later than Monday 3rd December 2018

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