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

*Any events posted on here are subject to change - please contact the event organisers with any queries

Archaeology In and Around Berkshire

28th March 2020, Newbury

The Berkshire Archaeological Society is putting on a multi-period programme at its annual conference on Saturday 28th March 2020.

After the usual overviews around the county by Sarah Orr and Fiona MacDonald, Beth Asbury will share recent highlights from the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).  Then Roland Smith, Berkshire Archaeology, will present the story of the 1950s excavation of Berkshire’s most important Saxon and early Norman settlement at Old Windsor and Professor Fulford, University of Reading, will talk about his excavation of the Roman Baths, Silchester. 

Andy Moir of Tree Ring will present dendrochronological analysis from some buildings in the Newbury area and Cotswold Archaeology will talk about the latest findings at Mud Hole, Boxford.  Then Thames Valley Archaeological Services will take us through their exceptional find of some medieval tile kilns in Reading.  The day will conclude with some new Cold War archaeological finds at AWE Aldermaston, Burghfield and Blacknest.

All are welcome. There is no advance booking. Cost: £10, payable at the door. Bring a packed lunch or eat in Newbury.

St Nicolas Church Hall, West Mills, Newbury, RG14 5HG, 10 am-4 pm

For further information contact:

Sussex Archaeology Symposium 2020

28th March 2020, Lewes, Sussex

The Sussex Archaeology Symposium is an annual event, organised by the Sussex School of Archaeology, which showcases recent archaeological research in Sussex.  The speakers this year are Stewart Angell, Lynn Cornwell, Thomas Hayes, Daryl Holter, Carolina Lima, Tessa Machling, David Martin, Steve Patton, David Rudling, Jo Seaman, Simon Stevens, Richard Toms and Roland Williamson. Various stands and bookstalls. Venue: Kings Church Centre, Lewes, Sussex. The Symposium fee (to include refreshments and a buffet lunch) is £35, payable in advance. For further information and bookings please contact; or see

2020 NVAT Conference: Science in Archaeology

28th March 2020, Castor

A conference on 28th March aims to demystify a number of the scientific techniques which are revolutionising archaeology. Six eminent speakers will explain how these techniques work - and how they are providing new windows on the past. Organised by the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust the conference will take place in Castor and will include examples from the Peterborough area.

Increasingly, we can "see" hidden archaeology without excavation; we can date ancient objects with precision; we can start to tell the life-story of individuals; we can identify the flora and fauna associated with a site.

The scientific techniques developed over recent decades are often presented on the television and in the media as "black-box" magic, without any explanation of how they work, how they can be applied, and importantly, the limits of what they can tell us.

The conference is targeted at an amateur audience but the speakers who include university and heritage specialists will not shy away from the detail when required.

Nene Valley Archaeological Trust chairman, Geoff Dannell says:

“We don’t all need to be experts, but it is vital that everyone interested in archaeology can understand the fascinating evidence increasingly provided by new scientific approaches.”

If you wish to attend the conference it is essential to book. Full details are on the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust website.

If you have any questions regarding the conference please contact:

Rex Gibson


Peak District Mines Historical Society EMIAC 98 - 18th and 19th Century Metal Mining in the Peak District

2nd May 2020, Peak District Lead Mining Museum, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NR

Conference Programme

9.00am - 10.00am Registration and looking around the museum
10.00am - 12.20pm Four speakers:
- Lynn Willies: ‘Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Lead Mining in the Peak: An Overview’.
- John Barnatt: ‘Excavating 18th and 19th Century Steam Engine Houses at Peak District Mines’
- Adam Russell: ‘Setting the Record Straight - Three Derbyshire Case Studies for the Use
of Underground Exploration in Advancing Knowledge about Mines’
-  Richard Shaw and John Barnatt: ‘Diving to Depth at Deep Ecton Mine – 2019 Discoveries made using Submersibles to Explore the 300m of Flooded Workings at One of the Richest Copper Mines in Britain in the 18th Century’
12.20pm -12.40pm Society reports and invitation to the next event
12.40pm - 1.50pm Lunch
1.50pm - 2.30pm Travel to Magpie Mine

Booking form (857.2K, .PDF)
Booking form

Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference

26 to 30 August 2020, London

The Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference will be held in London next year from 26th-30th August 2020. The theme is ‘Futures’ which aims to engage with the aims of heritage to address the concerns of future generations. 

Sub-themes are: 

  • Arts and Creative Practice
  • Future Policies and Politics of Heritage
  • Environmental Change and the Anthropocene
  • Digital Futures in and for Heritage
  • Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritages
  • Urban heritage futures
  • Future Methods and Approaches to Critical Heritage Studies
  • Future Landscapes of Heritage
  • The Future Museum: Collections and Collecting
  • Heritage and time
  • The Futures of Heritage
  • Mobilities and Migration
  • Open sub-theme

Details can be found here:

Scadbury Manor Open Weekend

Orpington and District Archaeological Society, Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 September 2020

Follow a self-guided trail around the moated manor. See the excavations, Tudor kitchen foundations, World War II defences. Visit the refreshments, bookstall, exhibition. 

CBA South Midlands: Recent Archaeology in Northants Conference

Sunday 18 October 

Further details TBC

Roman Finds Group: New Research on Finds from Roman Scotland and the North


Our 2020 spring conference is to be held in association with Historic Environment Scotland. It will be a two-day conference from early afternoon on Friday 3rd April until late afternoon on Saturday 4th April in the Kelvin Hall lecture theatre, University of Glasgow. The meeting is being organised jointly by Stephen Greep, Chairman and meetings co-ordinator, Roman Finds Group and Louisa Campbell of the University of Glasgow. RFG are grateful for the support given to arrangements for the meeting by The University of Glasgow and Historic Environment Scotland.

There are five sessions of papers, with seventeen illustrated talks, on various aspects of finds from recent work in Scotland and the north. The Roman Finds Group AGM will be held immediately before lunch on day two. After the Keynote lecture on Day 1 we will make our way to the Hunterian Museum (approx. 15-minute walk) for a private viewing led by Professor Lawrence Keppie, followed by a pre-dinner drinks reception courtesy of Steph Scholten, Director of the Hunterian.

Please note that numbers will be restricted so you are advised to book early. The cost of the meeting is the same as our two day meetings over the last four years: £40 for fully paid up RFG members, £30 for students, £48 non-members and a £25 day rate (students £20).

What’s included?
• Access to all conference sessions, finds and poster viewings.
• Teas and coffees as in the programme.
• Free Access to the Hunterian Museum.
• Private viewing of “The Antonine Wall: Rome’s Final Frontier” exhibition in the Hunterian Museum on the Friday evening after the Museum has closed to the public.
• Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception held at the Hunterian Museum on the Friday evening.
• Subsidised pre-conference guided tour of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Further details can be found on the attached flyer and at our website here:

Tintagel in Late Antiquity - Recent Excavations and Research


This is a two-day conference organised by English Heritage at Truro College, Cornwall, followed by a half-day field trip to Tintagel Castle.

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, is a site of international importance thanks to the remarkable archaeological evidence for a citadel and trading port in Late Antiquity. This conference will draw together the results of a major four-year research project, which included the first excavations since those by Glasgow University in the 1990s.

The conference papers will present results of the Tintagel Castle Archaeological Research Project. Speakers will include archaeologists from English Heritage, Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Historic England and several universities.

We have kept the ticket price as low as possible: it includes the conference fee and refreshments. There will be a social event on the Thursday night (with a reasonable additional cost) if you'd like to come.

Do make use of Visit Truro, or any other website, to book your own accommodation:

To book tickets for the conference please use this link:

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