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Conferences and events

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

Genius of the Place: John Aislabie’s personal style at Studley Royal

4 December

Yorkshire Gardens Trust in association with The Gardens Trust present a lecture by Mark Newman to mark John Aislabie’s 350th birthday

On the evening of his 350th birthday, December 4th 2020, this talk will explore the lifestory of John Aislabie (politician, entrepreneur, Chancellor of the Exchequer, national villain and – most significantly – outstanding landscape designer) and the World Heritage Site he created at Studley Royal.

Understanding of John Aislabie’s achievements has developed very considerably following many years of National Trust research, including publication of Mark Newman’s “Wonder of the North: Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal” in 2015. This talk will take that work as a foundation, but also include - for the first time - fruits of further research (some only completed this summer) that have still more to reveal about John Aislabie’s schemes for the grounds and the truly pioneering scope of his personal vision for landscape design.

Attendees will be sent a Zoom link 2 days prior to the start of the talk, and a link to the recorded session will be sent shortly afterwards.

To book go to

New perspectives on the medieval ‘agricultural revolution’

7th to 8th December 2020

At this online video conference, organized by the Feeding Anglo-Saxon England project (FeedSax), speakers will explore how the analysis of excavated plant and animal remains enables us to reconstruct farming regimes across medieval England and beyond.

Registration is free – all you need is a computer with a webcam, microphone and internet connection. For the programme and registration details, visit our website, or e-mail us at

Wentworth Castle and Wentworth Woodhouse: Georgian rivals united through 21st-century restoration and public access

14 December

The Gardens Trust present a lecture by Dr Patrick Eyres

The family rivalry was both dynastic and political. Until the mid-1740s, the Wentworth Castle dynasty was superior in aristocratic rank and cultural display. It was once the Hanoverian monarchy was securely embedded, that the Whigs at Wentworth Woodhouse began to eclipse their Tory cousins in social status and estate embellishment. We are fortunate that the rivals are being united by the endeavours of charitable trusts to conserve as a public amenity this magnificent legacy of competitive country house building and landscape gardening.

For over a decade, the Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust restored the splendour of the mansion, estate buildings, gardens, park and monuments, and the future of Wentworth Castle Gardens is now secure in the care of the National Trust. At Wentworth Woodhouse, the Fitzwilliam Wentworth Amenity Trust has restored the Georgian fabric of the landscape monuments and the four serpentine lakes, while the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust is undertaking the Herculean task of re-roofing the gargantuan Palladian mansion.

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Rhind Lectures - The Neolithic Period in Scotland

Six Lectures open at 6pm every evening, Sunday 13th - Friday 18th December 

The Society of Antiquaries of Soctland are back with their most highly anticipated event of the year! Since 1876 the Society has invited experts to give an annual series of six lectures on a historical or archaeological topic. This year, Dr Alison Sheridan FSAScot will discuss the Neolithic period in Scotland, from the first appearance of farming to the end of the era with the arrival of new people, ideas, technology and practices from the Continent around 2,500 BC.

 Topics include;

  • Neolithic Scotland: CHanging perceptions, new approaches, a plethora of data and contested narratives 
  • The Big Picture and regional narratives
  • An everyday story of coutnry folk? 
  • Making sense of funeraary monuments and funerary practices
  • Not just a load of old balls: Late Neoithic developments and the creation of a new world order in Orkney 
  • All cahnge around 2500/2400 BC? The end of the 'Scottish Neolithic', and the future of Scottish Neolithic studies
All lectures will be avail from the Youtube page:
For any further information please feel free to check the Rhind Lectures webpage: 



Rhind Lectures

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:

Fifth Annual Pitt Rivers Lecture

26th October 2021, 18:30 GMT

The 2021 lecture will be given by Professor Sue Hamilton, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London.

The lecture is open to the public and free to attend, we hope it can take place in person at Bournemouth Univeristy and online.

The annual Pitt Rivers Lecture was established in 2017 as part of the celebrations marking 50 years of archaeological and anthropological teaching and research at Bournemouth University and its predecessor institutions. It is organized by staff and students, and presented in association with the Prehistoric Society. The lecture celebrates the achievements of General Pitt Rivers (1827–1900), a distinguished Dorset-based archaeologist and anthropologist whose descendants still live in the area and have close connections with Bournemouth University.


For futher information on this event please contact Professor Timothy Darvill,

Tickets are avaialble from Eventbrite:

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