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

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.

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.

The Lawrence Brothers and the Indian Mutiny. Weds. 20 March, at 8pm

The Buckinghamshire Branch of the Historical Association meets again next Wednesday, 20 March, at 8pm, when Tom Shannon of Oxford Metrics plc and Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum will be speaking on The Lawrence Brothers and the Indian Mutiny.

 

Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, Rickfords Hill, Aylesbury HP20 2RT.

 

Everyone welcome: admission charge of £3 to non-members of the Historical Association.

 

More information on the Branch may be found at their website: http://www.buckshistoricalassociation.org.uk/

University of Cambridge reveals ‘changing face of UK’ in aerial photos

A news item from the BBC:

A collection of aerial photographs described as the “historical Google Earth” has been made available online by the University of Cambridge. RAF pilots were asked to capture the bomb-scarred post-war period to the emergence of motorways and new cities. The collection dates back to 1945, with more recent images captured in 2009 for a university project. The first 1500 images of 0.5million are now available on the Cambridge Digital Library http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/   including this one of Dorchester on Thames in 1948.