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

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

Friday, 6 May 2016

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 of what turned out to be part of a Roman farmstead near Nassington. The barn had at least two phases, one being burnt down and replaced by another on a slightly different alignment. Nearby structures included an oven and corn-drier (not fully excavated)

2016-17

Archaeological field trip to Northumberland

Saturday, 10 September 2016

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, 30 September 2016

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
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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, 26 November 2016, 7:00pm for 7:30

Our Annual Dinner this year will commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Contemporary recipes, sometimes with unusual ingredients will provide a tasty meal. View some photos of the evening

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

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The Holme Fen Spitfire Project

Speaker: Louise Rackham and Mandy Corney

Friday, 3 February 2017

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, 24 February 2017

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, 24 March 2017

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

Visit to John Clare's Cottage and Torpel Manor

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Field Trip

View the earthworks at Torpel Manor after the lecture earlier in the year, and find out about the life of John Clare, "The Northamptonshire Peasant Poet" who was so familiar with the land now managed by the Langdyke Countryside Trust.

Venue: Helpston, Peterborough.

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Peterborough Heritage Festival

Saturday, and Sunday, 17 & 18 June 2017

Event

MidNAG will had a stand at the heritage festival in Peterborough city centre. Did you spot us?

Venue: Peterborough Cathedral precincts and Cathedral Square

Excavation of a Roman site at Nassington

Saturday, 02 September 2017

Excavation

The Group continued last year's excavation of what turned out to be part of a Roman farmstead (a barn?) near Nassington. The barn had at least two phases, one being burnt down and replaced by another on a slightly different alignment. Nearby structures included an oven and corn-drier (not fully excavated).

We primarily excavated further into the middle of the structure to find out more about its phases, Towards the end (of course), we also discovered that the Romans had probably done some landscaping at the eastern end, but that wil have to wait to be investigated next year.

2017-18

The Rothwell Charnel House Project

Friday, 29 September 2017

Speaker: Dr Jenny Crangle

Lecture

Holy Trinity Church at Rothwell has one of only two mediaeval ossuaries in situ in England. Dr Crangle is an osteo-archaeologist who was one of the directors of the project to analyse the bones.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church.

Excavations at Nassington 2017

Friday, 27 October 2017

Speaker: Derek Roberts

Lecture

Derek directed the excavations at Nassington again in our second year at the site, and will give an update on what has been found this year.

Tickets on the door; £5 adults, free for under 16s. Tea, coffee & biscuits included.

Venue: Nassington Village Hall, Church Street, Nassington, Northamptonshire, PE8 6QG.

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Treasure and the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Friday, 02 November 2017

Speaker: Eleanor Cox

Lecture

Ellie has worked for the PAS since 2011 and is the Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) for Northamptonshire.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church.

Annual Dinner: Food of the British Raj

Saturday, 25 November 2017 at 7:30PM

Dinner

It is 70 years ago that the British left the subcontinent, leaving behind a distinctive cuisine that developed as the Memsahibs struggled to provide British dishes. New dishes such as kedgeree, mulligatawny soup. and chutney became popular and were brought back home. It isn't all curry or “hot”, and we are confident you will enjoy the menu.

Excavations at Must Farm near Whittlesey, Peterborough

The excavation of the structure of a Bronze Age house at Must Farm

Friday, 7:30PM 16 March 2018

Speaker: Dr Mark Knight

Special Lecture

Mark Knight of the University of Cambridge, and Current Archaeology (CA) magazine Archaeologist of the Year 2017, directed the excavation of the best preserved Bronze Age settlement ever found in Britain. We are privileged that Dr Knight is in Oundle to present his account of this now world famous site. Mark and his team also won the Rescue Project of the year award.

More information about Must Farm can be found in the CA Flag Fen basin review article, and the project's own website www.mustfarm.com.

Thanks to Mark for a brilliant lecture.

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Chester Farm: the latest archaeological discoveries

The excavations at Chester Farm in July 2017 with the farmhouse undergoing reconstruction in the background

Friday, 23 March 2018, 7:30PM

Speaker: Dr Ian Meadows

Lecture

Ian is the archaeologist responsible for all excavations undertaken at Chester Farm, and will talk to us about this amazing heritage site and its 10,000 years of history. He will also tell us how the knowledge of the Roman town especially has developed from the recent excavations.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church.

Probing Peakirk’s Past: The Archaeology of a Fen-edge Settlement

Pekirk street scene of flooding from a postcard

Friday, 04 May 2018, 7:30PM

Speaker: Dr Avril Lumley-Prior

Lecture

Peakirk is a rural settlement on the western margins of Borough Fen, formerly in the Soke of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, now in Cambridgeshire. The place-name is derived from St Pega, ‘England’s’ first anchoress, who reputedly founded a cell here in the early 800s. Whilst Peakirk’s history is well-documented from the eleventh-century onwards, archaeological evidence indicates that the area first was colonised by Neolithic folk and that there was almost-continuous activity in the heart of the present village from the Romano-British period onwards.

Dr Prior will tell Peakirk’s story through a combination of archaeology, architecture, cartography, topography, photographs and written sources. It also features the work of PAST (Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team), an independent, self-funding group, whose recent projects have included re-plotting the route of the Roman watercourse, the Car Dyke, dispelling the ‘tradition’ of a Romano-British villa, rediscovering ‘lost’ buildings and revealing more about Peakirk’s diverse and secret heritage.

Venue: Oundle Methodist Church.