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Our latest news bulletin is issue 61, dated Dec 2016.

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 Events in the region

Follow these links to find out more about events organised by others in the North East (or occasionally further afield if they involve our members), this month and through the year. If you know of an event that might interest our members, please e-mail the website editor with full details.


  • Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society has given its members (including ourselves as an Exchange member) access to its journal Hampshire Studies online. Go to the Members' Section of our website for more details.
  • Thos Proctor and Sons is a local company first recorded as a trading enterprise in 1798. The Company Secretary has contacted us to see if any volunteers are interested in working with him to create a historical profile of the company based on their substantial archives,  and maybe a small display to be presented to the current family members that are still involved. Send us an e-mail if interested.
  • The free Palaeography class being run as part of the HLF-funded Unlocking the Archives project has proved so popular that Council have agreed that the Antiquaries should pay for a re-run. It will run on Wednesday evenings, 6.00-8.00, from 26 April to 17 May, then a week off, and then 31 May to 14 June. Follow this link for an application form, and do pass details on to non-members as well - it's open to all.
  • The North East Labour History Society have brought together sixty oral histories, fro people who have spent their lives in the co-operative movement, the mines and other industries, the unions and poltical activities. They would be delighted to provide space on the website for further transcripts or notes from interviews with people involved in the labour movement in the North East.
  • We are sorry to have to announce the death of Alan Biggins, who had been a member since January 1998. He was Director of TimeScape Surveys, an archaeological survey company specialising in geophysical and landscape surveys. Follow this link for an obituary.
  • Durham University has announced that it is to develop a new international residential research library at Ushaw College. It will be the only one of its kind in the UK, and work is to commence in academic year 2017-2018. Follow this link for more details
  • The Newsletter of the British Records Association, to which we are affiliated, is now available on our website
  • Archaeology in Northumberland, vol 22, has been published by Northumberland County Council's archaeology section. It can be downloaded from the County website for free, or hard copies can be purchased for £5. This year's magazine includes articles on, amongst others, a celebration of 25 years of development-led archaeology, community projects, Doggerland, Heritage at Risk and Iron Age settlement excavations in the county.
  • The Elizabethan Star Chamber Project, based at the University of Houston, Texas, is putting county names on cases in TNA STAC 5 (Records of the Court of Star Chamber in the reign of Elizabeth). Secretary hand is not for everybody, but the documents are all in English. Most of the cases are completely unknown to historians, and this is because of their chaotic storage at TNA (cases may have up to twenty different references) and the previous inadequacy of finding aids.
  • Congratulations to the Mining Institute, which has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £4.7m, to include restoration of the exterior of Neville Hall and the renovation of the interior rooms, including the Wood Memorial Hall and the Lecture Theatre (where we hold our monthly meetings), and digitisation of their archive creating online access for research into one of the most important collections in the world for the study of the birth of the Industrial Revolution.

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 Recently published; books of interest

Hadrian's Wall; Paintings by the Richardson Family, by our past President David Breeze; includes over 70 of the Richardsons' nineteenth-century paintings of Hadrian's Wall, along with an explanation of John Clayton's work in conserving the Wall. Published by Birlinn Books on 6 Oct, with sponsorship from ourselves. Normal price £25, but 20% off if buying online, if you enter discount code HadriansWall16 when prompted

David's recent book, Bearsden: A Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall, is also now available from Archaeopress in paperback, at a discounted price of £16; follow this link for the order form. Published by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, hardback copy normally £30

Cross and Culture in Anglo-Norman England: Theology, Imagery, Devotion, by our member John Munns (Cambridge University), published by Boydell and Brewer. They are offering it to our members at a 35% discount, bringing the price down to £39. You can order online; enter code BB135 during checkout to activate the discount.

Squatting in Britain, 1945-1955, by local author Don Watson, is to be published by Merlin Press on 1st December. Full price £16.99, pre-publication price £11.30

Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers, by Rhonda Clark and Nicole Wedemeyer Miller, published by Libraries Unlimited, is aimed at those who work with other genealogists. £36, also available as an eBook.

Oxbow Books have let us know about two new books published on 1 September;

Prehistory without Borders, ed. by Rachel Crellin, Chris Fowler and Richard Tipping, Full price £45

The Use and Reuse of Stone Circles, ed. by Courtney Nimura and Richard Bradley, full price £39.95

 Oxbow will give members a 15% discount between 1 Sept to 31 Dec 2016, Enter the discount code NorthEngland16 on their website ordering forms to receive this.

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Recent Deaths

Note; for biographical details of many our deceased members, going back to the earliest history of the Society, follow this link for the SANT Biographical Directory. This document was first put together, with considerable research, by Barbara Harbottle, and is being kept up to date now by Sue Ward. Any comments, additional material, and references (in print or on the web) will be gratefully received by her.

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