Calendar

Oct
10
Wed
Society Lecture – A Landscape through Time – the A14 Project @ Methodist Church, Huntingdon
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday 10 October A Landscape through Time – A look at the Archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme.

Please note the following important dates including some changes: This and subsequent Lectures: These will be on Wednesdays at our usual venue, Huntingdon Methodist church.  From this month onward the usual day of meetings will be the second Wednesday, as the church is no longer available regularly to us on Thursday evenings. 

Emma Jeffery, Senior Archaeologist at MOLA Headland Archaeology will talk about the astonishing discoveries taking place as a result of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.  A walk through centuries of history from prehistoric settlements, pottery and ditches, Roman broaches and pottery production, medieval village lost and found. 

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The lecture this evening will be free to non-members

Oct
23
Tue
Peterborough Museum – Peterborough Abbey and the Peterborough Chronicles @ Peterborough Museum
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from Peterborough is not just a book, for it tells us much about the monks’ ideas on identity, place and nation. There were other chronicles and histories written at Peterborough, more than at almost all other English abbeys. These often tell a more local story, about the monks and their links to local society, about the great men who passed through, and about the holy and not-so-holy abbots who ruled the place.

Dr Nicholas Karn, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Southampton and an expert on Benedictine monasticism.

Nov
6
Tue
Peterborough Museum – The Barnack Beaker burial @ Peterborough Museum
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

6th November 2018 7.30pm
The Barnack Beaker burial: The grave of an important man from the first age of metal

Discovered in 1974, the rich (4,200 year old) burial from Barnack, Cambridgeshire, has continued to yield secrets ever since. This talk presents recent research on the special set of objects that were placed with his body in the grave, including some of the most spectacular stone and gold objects found anywhere in Britain during this period: the first age of metal. It also presents the results from cutting edge scientific analysis of his human remains. These insights will then be set in the wider context of recent DNA studies that suggest the Barnack man belonged to a period of dramatic change that transformed Britain forever.

Dr Neil Wilkin is Curator of the Bronze age collection at The British Museum

Nov
15
Thu
Society Presidents Lecture and Goodliff Awards @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The King, the Actress and the Cardinal: the birth of London’s West End.

 

Dr Simon Thurley’s lecture this year is entitled The King, the Actress and the Cardinal; the birth of London’s West End. The King and the Cardinal one can make a fair guess at, but the Actress is a little more difficult. Come along if you want to know who they are. It is bound to be another revelation on the extraordinary history of our capital city.

 

 

 

The evening will start off with the Goodliff Award Ceremony when Dr Thurley will present awards to:

Jane Adams, St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church Alconbury – the publication of an information booklet and childrens guide to the church.

Jane Watson, publication of a booklet on the history of Barham village.

The Cromwell Museum Trust (Stuart Orme) – design and production new external signage and display boards.

Beth Davis – publication of the WW2 memoirs of Bert Goodwin.

The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust (Dr Stephen Upex) – magnetometer survey of the walled area of the Roman town of Durobrivae.

All Saints Church Elton Reformation Committee (Joanne Borrett) – publication of information booklet/story board about the stained glass windows and Saxon crosses.

Peter Cooper – Development and publish on-line interactive maps of Holywell-cum-Needingworth.

Huntingdonshire History Festival (Mike Addis) – funding in support of the 2018 History Festival. 

The Norris Museum (Sarah Russell)– Production of learning session materials entitled, ‘Cromwell the Man, Friend or Foe?’.

Roger Reynolds – Publication of a book, ‘Ramsey at War’ covering the period 1939 to 1946.

 

Nov
17
Sat
CAS Autumn Conference 17 November @ Faculty of Law, 10 West Road, Cambridge
Nov 17 all-day
CAS AUTUMN CONFERENCE 2018
 
 
The Cambridge Antiquarian Society is gearing up to host the Autumn Conference on ‘Recent Archaeological Field Work in Cambridgeshire’ on Saturday 17th November. This is a great opportunity to meet people from both local societies and the professional archaeological sectors, there is also a chance to buy archaeological books (please also bring along any unwanted books) and listen to a range of archaeologists talking about their most recent work. 
 
The whole day is excellent value at only £10 per person, which you pay on the door so there is no need to book. There is also a reduced fee of a £5 ‘digger rate’. The doors will open at 10am, with displays of finds and exhibitions, before the 11.20am start. The programme for the day is attached to this email, and it is worth also printing out a copy of this and bringing it with you. 
 
The venue is: Room LG19, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DZ and please also remember to bring plenty of cash with you, both for lunch (there is a cafe on site) and for any other purchases. 
 
We’re very much looking forward to welcoming you along on the 17th of November!
 
Please also note: the CAS Christmas social will be held BEFORE the lecture on the 3rd December, from 5pm in the atrium area on the lower ground floor of the Law Faculty. It will be very informal and will include the chance to have some wine (or juice) with a mince pie and other nibbles before the last CAS talk of the year, starting at 6pm. Unfortunately, we cannot hold the social after the lecture as out of University term time, the Law Faculty closes at 7pm sharp!
 
Nov
21
Wed
Cromwell Lecture Series 2018 – The Life and Times of a Civil War Heroine @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

We have a set of lectures coming up at the end of November/beginning of December, with some top class speakers. 

If you would like to book for all three talks, you can book a discounted ‘season ticket’ for all three at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-cromwell-lecture-series-2018-tickets-51148951892

The first talk (on 21 November) is on Anne Fanshawe ‘The Life and Times of a Civil War Heroine’ by author and broadcaster Lucy Moore. Details and bookings for this talk alone at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-life-and-times-of-a-civil-war-heroine-a-talk-by-lucy-moore-tickets-51143397278

Tickets are also available from the front desk at the Cromwell Museum.

Nov
28
Wed
Cromwell Lecture Series 2018 – Portraits of the English Civil War @ Huntingdon Town HAll
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

We have a set of lectures coming up at the end of November/beginning of December, with some top class speakers.

If you would like to book for all three talks, you can book a discounted ‘season ticket’ for all three at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-cromwell-lecture-series-2018-tickets-51148951892

The second talk (on 28 November) is on ‘Portraits of the English Civil War’ by Art Historian and author Angus Haldane, based on his recent book. Details and bookings for this talk alone are at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portraits-of-the-english-civil-war-a-talk-by-angus-haldane-tickets-51147711181

Tickets are also available from the front desk at the Cromwell Museum.

 

Dec
4
Tue
Peterborough Museum – Christmas Colours @ Peterborough Museum
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

4th December 2018 7.30pm
Christmas Colours: identifying the pigments in illuminated manuscripts

This talk focuses on the original pigments used in illuminated medieval manuscripts (including the Peterborough Psalter held at the Fitzwillliam Museum ). Discussion is based on the results from non-invasive analysis carried out by The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge since 2012.

Dr. Stella Panayotova, Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Dec
5
Wed
Cromwell Lecture Series 2018 – Oliver Cromwell: Myth and Reality @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

We have a set of lectures coming up at the end of November/beginning of December, with some top class speakers. 

If you would like to book for all three talks, you can book a discounted ‘season ticket’ for all three at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-cromwell-lecture-series-2018-tickets-51148951892

The final talk (on 5 December) is ‘Oliver Cromwell: Myth and Reality’ by Professor John Morrill, who many of you will know of. Details and bookings for this talk alone are at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oliver-cromwell-myth-and-reality-a-talk-by-professor-john-morrill-tickets-51145209699

Tickets are also available from the front desk at the Cromwell Museum.

Dec
13
Thu
Society Christmas Social 2018- A Tudor Evening with Hexacordia @ Assembly Rooms, Huntingdon Town Hall
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Christmas Social Evening—A Tudor Christmas

This year our Christmas gathering will have a Tudor theme, with entertainment from the accomplished early music group Hexacordia. for more information visit their website http://www.hexachordia.com

We have this year the highly-talented early music group Hexachordia to provide us with ‘A Tudor Christmas’ programme.  There are naturally costs in that and we are making the effort to widen invitations through other local history societies.  We expect therefore that the social to be well attended.  If you want to come therefore please send David Smith your reply slips from the Almanack or from attached leaflet with cheques now.  Do not rely on coming without booking on the night.  I would not want any member to miss out because we are booked up.  The charge for members is £8, for non-members £10.
 

To book contact David Smith through our contacts page