News: Now available. Proceedings of the Chelmsford Conference £15. A review of recent archaeology in Essex. Our Annual Report 2014 may be viewed online. Members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History may subscribe to digital downloads of our back catalogue of publications. Use Contact Form for more information.
Thursday, 21 April 2016
WEST ESSEX ARCHAEOLOGICAL GROUP
Monday 9th May
Rudge Memorial Lecture: ‘The Thames at War’, illustrated talk by Gustav Milne, Museum of London Archaeology, 7.45 p.m., School Hall, Woodford County High School, High Road, Woodford Green. Free entry and refreshments.
16 – 17; 23 – 24; and 30 – 31 July: Excavation Taster Weekends at Copped Hall near Epping, aimed at complete beginners. For more information and bookings, visit www.weag.org.uk
13 – 17 and 27 -31 August: Five-Day Field Schools, ongoing excavation of Tudor grand-house at Copped Hall, near Epping. For full details and bookings , visit www.weag.org.uk
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Current Archaeology. We have received a complete run of Current Archaeology from #1 to #302 (May 2015) which we do not need for our Library. Do you have gaps on your bookshelf or does your archaeological or historical institute, university or group have the same problem? Each item only 30p + P&P. Contact us. We might be be able to help.
Monday, 18 April 2016
The Spring 2016 edition of the Newsletter (NL177) arrived through the post for many members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History on Saturday. Readers will immediately notice that the front cover is different, illustrating six Roman coins which were stolen from Chelmsford Museum in January 2016 and remain, alas, unrecovered. Why someone would steal these is a question that does not warrant comment, other than to reflect what the curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge said in response to the jailing of the gang responsible that the Chinese artefacts, not found, belonged in a sense to everyone.
The Newsletter is another 24-page edition, the contents of which include:
- From The President. Adrian Corder-Birch mentions that 'Excavations along the M25', occasional paper is available to members with additional copies on sale to the public; the work of Philip Crummy and Colchester Archaeological Trust in connection with the Fenwick Treasure, now on display at Colchester Museum, and excavations of the Roman arcade in the High Street; and, the forthcoming Annual General Meeting to be held at the Castle. (Papers will be circulated separately.)
- Coins Stolen from Chelmsford Museum
- Heritage Crime Investigation Rumbles a Dutch Deception
- A Vengeful Saint
- Essex Utopias?
- Society Visit to Jaywick Martello Tower, 26 February 2016
- John Booth, Essex Antiquary - a postscript
- Roman Arcade Attracts A Crowd
- Harlow Temple Digitisation Project: an update
- Excavations at Pleshey
- Henry VIII's Jericho?
- Major Brinson's Italian Excavations
- Eddington Engineering in Chelmsford
- Archaeologists explore Envrironment Agency's LIDAR
- The Society Archives: The Sellers give us the Sixties
- ESAH Finds New Home for Pottery Fragments
- Essex Churches Project
- Essex seen from Elsewhere
- Library Purchases and Donations
- Vernacular Architecture
- The Meaning of Mucking
- Events In Essex
- Readers Letters
- Essex Journal
- Book Reviews
Sunday, 17 April 2016
Friday, 15 April 2016
Faces of Colchester at Hollytrees Museum - Colchester & Ipswich Museums Curator special evening 22 April
Posted by Andrew Smith at 20:00
Fenwick Hoard Resources - Colchester & Ipswich Museums Teaching resources now available
Posted by Andrew Smith at 19:58
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
The Hyde, Ingatestone, was the seat of John Disney the first President of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History. During the twentieth century until gutted by fire it was a school.
EULOGY FOR A COUNTRY HOUSE SCHOOL
From David Archer Wright:
Discovering this article and other references to The Hyde Ingatestone, immediately evoked suppressed memories of long past familiarities.
As country houses go, The Hyde, although by no means architecturally outstanding, was certainly a property worth cataloguing. The splendidly re-structured Palladium style great hall with finely turned Tuscan columns and grand sweeping staircase, even during latter day school use, was impressively adorned with fascinatingly complementing period artefacts: time dulled oil paintings in ornate guilt frames, dusty doe eyed stag's heads, stuffed owls in glass domes and a fine eighteenth century long case clock.
As a pupil spending my formative years here, I also recall the rows of servants' bells in the lengthy corridor leading between lofty kitchens and wood panelled dining room, summoning past eras of wealthier times.
Privileged highlights amidst the dull chalk dusted lessons were officially escorted introductions to the dizzying heights of the rooftop balustrades or the dark dank depths of the cellars. In the stable block heavy archaic accumulators were clues to an earlier, more prosaic source of electricity.
Most exciting of all was a secret room entered by way of an opening bookcase, its subtly hinged shelves lined from floor to ceiling with false leather bound first editions. The wide oak floorboards in front of the books maintained a highly lustred finish with the enthusiastic aid of fleet footed boys organised into skating parties, fiercely sliding up and down in outsized football socks. In a room on the third floor (no doubt out of bounds) silent stacks of redundant cast iron bedsteads remained as inherited evidence of the house's use as a military hospital during WWI.
The date 1719 is for some reason embossed on my memory as surely as it was on the cast iron tops of guttering down pipes beside certain bricked up windows.
As a school, typical 'Basil Fawltyesque' ideology was nurtured from an early age; high moral values indoctrinating tender young minds. We were systematically encouraged to feel pride in being British: superior. Psychology was a load of tommy rot. Anyone speaking with a regional accent was a yob. Break times in the shrubbery provided initiation and intensive instruction into the extra curricula activities of fighting smoking and bullying.
The greatest tribute payable to the Hyde School, its highest possible accolade, most praiseworthy of progenies and ultimate achievement, is the fact that it was burnt down. It bequeaths a legacy of ploughed up arable fields.
Monday, 11 April 2016
Great Dunmow Maltings and the town's museum on site is the venue for the next meeting of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History on Saturday 16 April 2016.
Sunday, 10 April 2016
Saturday, 9 April 2016
Rayleigh, its People, Places and Heritage
Local History Group 'Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass' have over time acquired a significant number of Rayleigh related artefacts, such as postcards, maps, books, ephemera and much more. These are displayed at a number of regular exhibitions held in the town but they are worthy of a permanent home for all to see, enjoy, and learn about our Town’s history.
The Rayleigh Town Museum will be open to the public from 2pm on Saturday 9th April.
Opening times thereafter will be Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
Opening times thereafter will be Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
Friday, 8 April 2016
The Essex Society for Archaeology and History does not have, and has never had, 1000 members but has achieved this following on Twitter. An interesting social comment.
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has received the following information from CITiZAN:
CITiZAN - free archaeological training at Maldon's Barge Graveyard, May 2016
I hope your members may be interested in the following: an archaeological skills training event at the Barge Graveyard on 13th - 15th May 2016. If you could forward the below to your members that would be great; I do hope that some of you will be able to attend. Please email me if you have any questions.
Free training in archaeological recording methods from CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network)
Wind, waves and winter storms wreak havoc on England's coastal and estuarine heritage by exposing sites and washing them away before they are ever seen. CITiZAN is a response to these threats to our island heritage. We are a community archaeology project actively promoting the recording and long-term monitoring of these sites by a band of dedicated volunteers.
On the 13th-15th May CITiZAN will be holding a free training weekend focusing on the Barge Graveyard in Promenade Park, Maldon, Essex.
This fascinating site contains the remains of 15 or more vessels including named Thames sailing barges, fishing vessels, an Admiralty launch and a lighter.On Friday 13th May, 6-9pm at the Moot Hall in Maldon, there’ll be a classroom session with talks on CITiZAN aims and methods, research questions for the site and Health and Safety on the foreshore. We’ll also have a ‘dry run’ at scale planning. On Saturday (11.30-14.30) and Sunday (12.30-15.30) we’ll be down on the foreshore on for a short guided tour of the site then we’ll record of one or more of the vessels using proformas, photography and scale drawing.
The weekend will equip you with skills in archaeological recording techniques and help to add detail to CITiZAN’s interactive map of coastal and intertidal archaeology. There’s also the potential for follow up work which would contribute to the aims of the East of England archaeological research framework: “a survey of the shipwrecks along the estuaries, coast and offshore is needed. The survey should be coupled with historic research and cross-reference to records of groups such as the Society for Sailing Barges”.All attendees with recieves a CPD certificate and a CITiZAN edition Archaeology Skills Passport.
The site is near to car parking in Promenade Park but please note that access to the site is via a narrow, informal path that can get slippery. The site lies on the intertidal mud flat and wellington boots are advised.
To sign up for the weekend, or for further information, please contact Lara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lara Band | CITiZAN Archaeologist for Training email@example.com
CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) | www.citizan.org.uk
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
The forced landing of the German Zeppelin L33 at 1.20am on 24 September 1916 at Little Wigborough is commemorated by Zepfest (http://www.zepfest.net/#home ), now National Trust property, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016. Tickets for the main event go on sale in due course.
In the meantime, on Friday 8 April 2016 starting at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Meeting Room, Great Wigborough, CO5 7RZ, there will be a film presentation. For more see http://winstred100.org/2016/03/zepfest-film-presentation/
Monday, 4 April 2016
THE SUTTON HOO SOCIETY
BASIL BROWN MEMORIAL LECTURE
SATURDAY 28th May 2016
The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge
Before royal Sutton Hoo:
The Anglo-Saxon and earlier archaeology found in 2000 beneath the visitor centre
Presenter: Chris Fearn MA FSA
The Staffordshire Hoard Project
10.30 for 11.00am
Tickets: SHS member £7.00, non-member £8.00
Tickets available in advance, or on the day at the Riverside Theatre.
Please allow sufficient time on the day to buy your ticket.
Sunday, 3 April 2016
The Essex Society for Archaeology and History continues the online publication of Fred Brand's photographs of Essex church door closing rings from the 1930s, which has recently been received and assigned reference S/LIB/9/51 in the archives.
These examples are from Southchurch, South Hanningfield and Stock.
Saturday, 2 April 2016
This item may be of interest to members of the Essex Industrial Archaeology Group:
"I am contacting you from the London Museum of Water and Steam in Brentford, home to the largest collection of water pumping engines in the world. With a collection of seven working water pumping engines including the world largest steam powered engine in operation we are a truly unique site.
"The London Museum of Water and Steam welcomes groups every year from all over Britain and indeed the world. We are able to offer a discounted rate to visiting groups, and in order to qualify for our discounted rate groups must consist of 10 visitors or more.
"Self-led group visit: £7.50 per person
"Guided tour: £8.50 per person
Education and Outreach Officer
London Museum of Water and Steam
Green Dragon Lane