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Middle Nene Archaeological Group

MidNAG Previous Events

2014-15

Annual Dinner

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Remembering Bannockburn with a feast of Scottish delicacies, tickets are £17.00, please bring your own drink.

Venue: Glapthorn Village Hall.

Quiz Night

Saturday 07 March 2015

7:30pm, tables of 6 to 8, tickets £8 per person to include a two course supper. Bring your own drinks.

Venue: Glapthorn Village Hall.

Peterborough Heritage Festival

Saturday, 21 June 2015 and Sunday, 22 June 2015

Event

MidNAG had a stand at the heritage festival in Peterborough, which saw the first city centre joust in several hundred years.

Venue: Peterborough Cathedral precincts and Cathedral Square

The Historic Environment Record: Sarah Botfield

Friday, 26th September 2014

Lecture

Sarah is the Historic Environment Records Officer for Peterborough City Council, and a member of the Nene Valley Archaeological Group and MidNAG. Sarah will talk about this important resource which is little known but which is of immense value in planning, research and local history.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Now it can be told - a miscellany of misconceptions: John Hadman

Friday, 24th October 2014

Lecture

Archaeological howlers from past exam papers: For many years John was a senior examiner for O level, later GCSE and A level Archaeology. Like many others, he is concerned about the future of the subject in further education.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

The Oundle area after the Romans: Dr Steven Upex

Friday, 28th November 2014

Lecture

Tickets at £8 for this joint meeting will be available from both Oundle Museum and MidNAG chairman. .

Venue: Please note the location of this event is the Joan Strong Centre, East Road, Oundle, Northamptonshire, PE8 4BZ

Mediaeval Gardens: Rev. David Bond

Friday, 6 February 2015

Lecture

David is well known for his wide knowledge of the history of our area and has chosen to speak on this unusual subject.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Building Curiosities: Colin Ray

Friday, 27 March 2015

Lecture

Colin is well known in Oundle for his interest in all things historic, particularly old buildings. This lecture was postponed from the 2013-1014 season.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Annual General Meeting

Friday, 01 May 2015

Meeting

Don't blink or you'll miss it; widely advertised by our Secretary as "the world's quickest A.G.M." - the meeting starts half an hour earlier than the lecture that follows - and will probably finish twenty minutes before, so talk amongst yourselves...

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Milestones in the East Midlands: Michael Knight

Friday, 01 May 2015

Lecture

Michael Knight has been the local representative of the Milestone Society for many years. This society was recently featured in Current Archaeology magazine and identifies, records and conserves not only milestones, but waymarkers, toll houses and canal side markers. He will talk about his work, mainly in the East Midlands.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

2015-16

Walk around Roman Godmanchester

Sunday, 4th October 2015

Shirley Walsh will led a walk round Roman Godmanchester. Shirley is a member of MidNAG, but is also involved in current research into the archaeology of her home town and is an active member of the Godmanchester Museum.

The Battle of Waterloo – a defining moment: Paul Chamberlain

Friday, 25th September 2015

Lecture

Paul is an author and expert on the Napoleonic Wars and has a long connection with the Norman Cross Eagle Committee. He will talk on the brutal clash of June 18, 1815.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Recent archaeological findings at Peterborough Cathedral: Jackie Hall

Friday, 30th October 2015

Lecture

Dr. Hall is Cathedral Archaeologist at Peterborough Cathedral. She is currently researching the precincts and is concerned with the conservation programme of the Mediaeval painted ceiling.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Annual Dinner

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Our Annual Dinner this year celebrated the victory at Waterloo.

The Prebendal Manor Gardens, Nassington: Mike Brown

Friday, 5th February 2016

Lecture

Mike has recreated a high status garden using mediaeval texts. The planting is designed to be both useful and beautiful and Mike will illustrate all the different aspects of the garden.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

In search of Northampton Castle: Andy Chapman, FSA

Friday, 8th April 2016

Lecture

Andy has long connections with archaeology in Northamptonshire and is now working on behalf of MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) on development areas in Northampton, including the Norman Castle. This castle was an important one, sometimes hosting meetings of Parliament and trials such as that of Thomas Becket.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Quiz Night

Saturday, 16th April 2016

Quiz night was held at Glapthorn Village Hall.

Recent archaeological work in the Welland Valley: Bob Hatton

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Lecture

Bob lectures in archaeology at the University Centre, Peterborough and has also excavated sites all over the UK, most recently in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Excavation at Nassington

Saturday ,13 August 2016 to Saturday 27 August 2016

The Group carried out a small excavation of a Roman building near Nassington.

2016-17

Archaeological field trip to Northumberland

Saturday,

to Saturday,

Field Trip

A look at some of the Roman and other period sites along Hadrian's Wall from Maryport to Wallsend

Venue: Hexham

Life and Work of Capability Brown

Speaker: Dr Twigs Way

7:00pm. Friday,

Lecture

Dr Twigs Way is an internationally known Landscape Historian; she has appeared on Gardener's World and Woman's Hour and is the author of a wide range of books and articles. Her degree from the University of Cambridge was in Archaeology. In this anniversary year she has naturally concerned herself with Brown's legacy and we are lucky that she had a date in her schedule when she could come to Oundle

Venue: The Hub at Oundle Town Council, Fletton House, Fletton Way, Glapthorn Road, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4JA
Location map (Google)

The Torpel Manor Project: Mike Clatworthy, The Langdyke Countryside Trust

Friday, 4th November 2016.

Lecture

The Langdyke Trust is a community environmental group based in the Helpston area. One of its projects is to study the archaeology of Torpel Manor Field, a complex, multi period site about which little was known. The project has also involved the University of York Department of Archaeology.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Annual Dinner

Saturday, , 7:00pm for 7:30

Our Annual Dinner this year will commemorate Shakespeare’s anniversary. Contemporary recipes, sometimes with unusual ingredients will provide a tasty meal. Tickets are £18 per person, pay on the night but let us know you're coming so we cater for everyone. Bring your own booze, and a pudding to share.

Venue: Glapthorn Village Hall, Main Road, Glapthorn, Northamptonshire, PE8 5BE.

Location map (Google)

The Holme Fen Spitfire Project

Speaker: Louise Rackham and Mandy Corney

Friday, .

Lecture

A Rhodesian Airforce Spitfire came down on Holme Fen in 1940, killing the young pilot. Cranfield University used geophysical techniques to discover the plane in 2015, and excavations began in October of that year. This is the rest of the story.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Excavations at Nassington

Speaker: Derek Roberts, Pre-Construct Archaeology

7p.m. on Friday, .

Lecture

Derek was site director for the MidNAG excavation of what proved to be part of a Roman farmstead in August last year, and summarised the excavations so far.

Update: Wow, what a turn-out. We packed out the village hall, it was standing room only at the back. Thank you all for your interest, and watch out for details of the excavation later in 2017

Venue: Nassington Village Hall

Roman Bedfordshire: Back of beyond or Imperial Estate?

Speaker: David Ingham, Albion Archaeology

Friday, .

Lecture

Unlike the rich villa landscape that can be seen in neighbouring counties such as Northamptonshire, Roman Bedfordshire largely represents an area that was devoid of villas. Excavations within the county have revealed many low-status farmsteads with few indications of wealth. Digging Roman sites in Bedfordshire may not provide many spectacular finds, but what are the possible reasons behind the disparity?

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church

Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?

A panel of experts will identify your objects

Friday, 5 May 2017.

Lecture

A panel of experts will be on hand to try to identify and explain any artefacts or objects you care to bring.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church