Society of Antiquaries Bicentenary Programme

A series of free talks and events to complement the Tales of Antiquarian Adventure exhibition, marking 200 years of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne. Please note the location of the events listed below - not all take place at the Museum. 

Click here to download our events leaflet (pdf, 4.5MB)

Talks:

Wednesday 27 February, 5.30pm

Newcastle in 1813: a Society in its Context

Bill Pardue, Visiting Professor in History, Northumbria University

Curtis Auditorium, Newcastle University

 

Wednesday 6 March, 6pm

200 Years of Antiquarian Endeavour

Lindsay Allason-Jones, President, Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

Great North Museum: Hancock

 

Wednesday 13 March, 6pm

Why Change? 200 Years of Coin Collecting

Rob Collins, Keeper of Coins, Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

Great North Museum: Hancock

 

Wednesday 20 March, 6pm

Antiquaries and Locals: Research into Romano-British settlement sites in Northumberland

Jenny Proctor, Preconstruct Archaeology

Great North Museum: Hancock

 

Wednesday 3 April, 6pm

Hadrian’s Wall on Tyneside: Research from 1913 to 2013

Paul Bidwell, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Great North Museum: Hancock

 

Wednesday 10 April, 6pm

200 Years of studying Newcastle’s historic buildings

Dave Heslop, County Archaeologist, Newcastle City Council

Great North Museum: Hancock

 

Wednesday 17 April, 6pm

Reflecting the past: an Etruscan mirror in the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne

Andrew Parkin, Keeper of Archaeology, Great North Museum: Hancock

Great North Museum: Hancock

 

Walks:

 

Saturday 22 June, 10.30am – 4pm

Vindolanda and Hadrian’s Wall

Meet at the Great North Museum: Hancock

Explore two important Roman sites for free on this unique day trip to Hadrian’s Wall. David Breeze, President of the Society from 2008 – 2010, will give a guided tour of Vindolanda and Chesters Roman Fort. Courtesy of the Vindolanda Trust and English Heritage. 

 

Saturday 27 July, 10.30am – 4pm

Unknown Hadrian's Wall

Meet at the Great North Museum: Hancock

A free day trip to Hadrian’s Wall for all ages. Explore the Temple of Mithras at Carrawburgh before heading to Cawfields, the Military Way and the Vallum. The day will end with a walk to a little known fort at Great Chesters. The tour will be led by Lindsay Allason-Jones, President of the Society.

 

Sunday 30 June, 1 – 3pm

The Role of Antiquarians in Newcastle

Meet at the Castle Keep

From Town to City, Antiquarians have played a major role in the progress and development of Newcastle upon Tyne. Their personal achievements took many forms, from schoolteacher to architect, clerk to archaeologist. Come and walk in their footsteps around the City and marvel at the beauty of Newcastle and the people who helped to forge it. Led by Newcastle historian Freda Thompson.

 

Booking is essential for all walks - please email info@greatnorthmuseum.org.uk or call (0191) 222 5121.