|Our monthly public presentation evenings
will be on Wednesday evenings
7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Rothwell Community Hub ,
Marsh Street, Rothwell, LS26 0AE
Starting Wednesday 23rd January 2019
All are welcome.
Fees £4.00 for Non Members; £2.00 for Members
23rd January 2019 Mike Turpin
From Antiquarians to Archaeology Original talk cancelled last year.
Mike as well as being a member of SLA regards himself as a committed community archaeologist.
He is interested in all things technical, especially when it comes to surveying, but he also has a strong interest as to how the study of antiquities developed into the modern subject of archaeology.
His talk will look at how antiquarians studied their past history through a series of case studies in areas that Mike has researched as part of his archaeological hobby.
|27th February 2019 Neil Redfern
Neil is the Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Yorkshire.
He is particularly interested in the practical and philosophical challenges faced in securing the conservation of heritage places.
We have been promised an entertaining and interactive talk exploring the decision making processes involved with heritage conservation.
|27th March 2019 Jon Kenny
Recent Excavations on a Yorkshire Canal
Jon is an independent archaeologist who works with a number of community groups.
His talk will feature recent work on the Pocklington Canal near York, working with a team of community volunteer archaeologists.
|24th April 2019 Stuart Wrathmell
Hospitality at Kirkstall Abbey: accommodation for guests from the 12th to the 16th centuries
The Cistercian monks of Kirkstall Abbey, like others who followed the rule of St Benedict, were required to provide ‘appropriate’ accommodation for visitors and guests, whether they were dignitaries such as archbishops and barons, or poor travellers passing by the abbey gates.
During the 1980s the West Yorkshire Archaeology Service excavated several of Kirkstall’s guest house buildings, but the full report on this work has only recently been prepared and published.
This talk will highlight some of the main conclusions from the recent analysis of the excavation archive, which contains the most extensive suite of artefacts from any guest house in Britain.
|22nd May 2019 John Hudson
My work as an English Country and Slip-ware potter and its relevance to pottery of the past
John has spent more than 37 years creating reproduction historic pottery.
His work can be found on display at locations all over the world including the kitchens at Hampton Court and nearer to home Oakwell Hall.
We can look forward to an entertaining talk about pots and the various techniques used by John.
|26th June 2019 Hannah Russ
Post Excavation Finds Processing – When Things Really Start
Hannah is an experienced post-excavation consultant and zooarchaeologist, until recently in charge of finds processing at Northern Archaeological Associates and now working as an independent archaeologist.
Once a site has been excavated, the work is only just starting. Hannah’s talk will describe what is done to record and conserve artefacts recovered from various excavations. This is an area which Community Archaeologists often fail to consider when planning a ‘dig’ and therefore Hannah’s talk will be very interesting and relevant to SLA.
|24th July 2019 Dave Weldrake
The Knight Templars of Temple Newsam
Dave Weldrake has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to local history and archaeology.
This year Dave’s talk will feature the Knight Templars who had a strong presence in Yorkshire. His talk provides an overview of the knightly order as well as describing their preceptory at Temple Newsam which Sir Walter Scott is believed to have used as the model for Temple Stowe in Ivanhoe.
|28th August 2019 Amy Downes
Recording Our Portable Past
Amy is the West Yorkshire Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. PAS is a national voluntary scheme to encourage members of the public to record archaeological objects. The national database is an important research tool showing the distribution of different finds types across the country. At a local level Amy will be describing recent interesting finds from Leeds and further afield.
|25th September 2019 Steve Sherlock
Street House: 40 years digging the same site!
In August 2019 Steve will have been digging at Street House, 40 years after he first went there as a digger in 1979. Well has he found owt yet?A spectacular range of nationally significant sites from the Early Neolithic, to the Royal Anglo-Saxon cemetery, dated c. AD 650. He hopes to have a book out in the Spring of 2019 that chronicles the Neolithic to post Roman, whilst the Saxon cemetery was published in 2012, hopefully some will be left for sale in September. This is the talk we were looking forward to last year!!
|23rd October 2019 Alasdair Beal
Recycling Historic Buildings
In his career as a structural engineer Alasdair has worked on many interesting structures ranging from the Humber Bridge to domestic garages. A large part of his work involves work on historic buildings, including Salt’s Mill, Dean Clough Mills, a 15th century timber-framed house … and a Victorian aqueduct. This has involved learning about the materials that were used in the past, how the structures were put together – and what we can do with them today. This talk promises to be an interesting change from our more archaeologically focused presentations and one not to be missed!
|27th November 2019 Ray Newton
Finding Fryston … From Monks to Victorians
This is another example of a well executed HLF funded project with lessons we can learn about volunteer community projects.
Prior to the formation of Monk Fryston Time Team in 2009 very little Information had been recorded about the village history. In the following 2 years great strides were made until documentary sources became exhausted. This talk will illustrate how the group used archaeological research and experienced volunteers to make further remarkable discoveries whilst excavating in Monk Fryston Hall Hotel.