Marlow, Presentations Sept, Oct and November 2019

Roman Roads in Britain, by PADDY LAMBERT, Oxford Archaeology East.  Thursday 24th October 2019 at 8pm in MAIN HALL, LISTON HALL, MARLOW SL7 1DD

The Roman road network in Britain is the epitome of Roman civilisation, bringing trade and opening Britain to an empire that stretched from the cold winds of Scotland to the decadence of the orient.  They remain one of the most enduring of archaeological legacies. Yet, they are still shrouded in myth and misconception.

The real story of the roads and where they eventually lead us is more surprising and much more interesting.

It’s not ‘what the Romans did for us’ – it’s how they did it.

PAY AT THE DOOR:  Visitors: £4.50    Members MAS/AiM: £3.00    Students: £1.50
Free car parking adjacent after 7pm       Disabled access   Enquiries, including membership and fieldwork: 01628 523896    www.marlowarchaeology.org/

Archaeology in Marlow, Thursday 14th November 2019 at 8pm, Liston Hall, Marlow SL7 1DD
Beacons of the Past
Dr Ed Peveler – Chiltern Conservation Board, Lidar survey of the Chilterns.

AIM and MAS members £3.00, non-members £4.50.

AIM BotP Poster 2019

 

Marlow Archaeology re-open Rookery Park excavation (27 & 28 July)

After a successful excavation in 2013, MAS are revisiting the site in Rookery Park, Marlow in an attempt to put a date on the earlier building that was revealed.

Marlow Archaeology will be reopening an excavation in Rookery Park, Marlow on Saturday and Sunday 27 & 28 July, as part of the National Festival of Archaeology.

The excavation will take place between about 10.30am and 3.30pm on each day.

Between 2011 and 2013, Marlow Archaeological Society (MAS) carried out excavations to investigate the remains of The Rookery, a Victorian villa in what is now the park. It was the location of a 18th Century farmhouse, which was replaced by the villa in about 1850. This was subsequently altered and extended, being demolished in the 1960’s and the area turned into a park. There was also a suspicion that there were also much earlier buildings, possibly a Chapel associated with the Knights Templar of the 13thC. Excavation revealed parts of the 1775 farmhouse and a cellar with chalk block walls. Evidence associated with the cellar walls indicated a construction date around 1670, but no records have been found of an earlier building on the site.

It seems unlikely that this was the site of a chapel, but the nature of the earlier building remains a mystery. Our excavation may shed light on the entrance to the cellar and provide further evidence of its origin.

It is important to investigate and record our historic heritage assets in order better to inform planning decisions and maintain the distinctive character of Marlow.

Everyone is very welcome to come and see what is revealed.

CBA South Midlands: conference news

On Saturday 5th October, CBA South Midlands will be jointly hosting a conference to consider how recent work has advanced our understanding of the research questions that have been highlighted in the East Midlands Historic Environment Research Framework (EMHERF) – which, unlike the CBA, includes Northants! It will include demonstrations of the online Research Framework and displays of recent  projects, with presentations focusing on the post-glacial period (a CBA East Midlands conference in Newark in November will look at the Ice Age landscape).

The conference will be held at the University of Nottingham; the final programme, booking form and map of the university campus (showing the location of the conference venue and free parking areas) are attached.

Booking is now open: you can either complete the attached form and send it to me along with your cheque (payable to CBA East Midlands), or book through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/east-midlands-research-framework-new-frameworks-for-our-past-tickets-61689298352

Tables and poster boards will be available  to display the results of recent research across the region. Please contact the EMHERF conference team at emherf@yorkat.co.uk if you would like to reserve a table or poster board to disseminate the results of your own work within the East Midlands.

Best wishes,

David

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David Ingham FSA MCIfA
Project Manager
ALBION ARCHAEOLOGY
St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Street
Bedford
MK42 0AS

Tel: 0300 300 6874
Mobile: 07717 866767
e-mail:  dp.ingham@albion-arch.com

Bucks Gardens Trust Talk – Saturday 27 April – Kate Harwood on Geoffrey Jellicoe

Just a quick reminder of the Bucks Gardens Trust’s final Spring talk for 2019 on Saturday 27th (April) – Kate Harwood on Geoffrey Jellicoe, 1900-1996, English architect, town planner, landscape architect, garden designer and author, his greatest interest being landscape and garden design;  undoubtedly one of the 20th century’s leading landscape architects with a career spanning almost seventy years.

Kate will take us on a journey through some of his most significant works – a number being within striking distance of Buckinghamshire.

The talk will take place at the Bucks County Museum, starting at 2.30pm with tea to follow.   The cost to members is £12 and for guests, £14.

If you have not already booked for Kate’s talk and wish to come, please could you be kind enough to contact Rosemary Jury at: rosemaryjury@wendoveremail.co.uk or 01296 715491.   Thank  you.