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Salon: Issue 340
12 April 2015

Next issue: 26 April 2015


The Society of Antiquaries of London Online Newsletter (Salon) is a fortnightly digest of news from the heritage sector. It focuses on the activities of the Society and the contribution that the Society's Fellows make to public life. Like the intellectual salons of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, it aims to amuse and to stimulate debate as well as to inform. A copy of Salon’s editorial policy can be found on the Society’s website. News and feedback for publication in Salon should be addressed to the Salon Editor.
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Inside this issue

From the Desk of the General Secretary


Exhibition Update: Magna Carta Through the Ages

A committee of Fellows (including Stephen Church, Helen Forde and Nicola Jennings) has been working with staff, volunteers and interns at Burlington House to wrap up preparations for the forthcoming Magna Carta Through the Ages exhibition (26 May – 31 July). In the next few weeks, Fellows should start seeing more news about our exhibition, as we will begin releasing volunteers' contributions to our crowdsourced Magna Carta social media project (including volunteers reading and interpreting clauses of the 1225 charter), a promotional video 'teaser' for the exhibition, and behind-the-scenes photos of the exhibition production.

We will also be hosting several exciting events during the exhibition.
  • Visitors are welcome to come and explore Magna Carta Through the Ages beginning on the afternoon of 26 May.
  • Fellows are invited to a private view of the exhibition on 28 May for our annual Summer Soirée—a ticketed event (see the  'Events' page on the website for details).
  • We will hold a special 'Museum Lates' event on 19 June for the public, a special after-hours opportunity to explore the exhibition.
  • The Education & Outreach Officer, Hannah Carter, will hold school workshops during the first six Monday mornings of the exhibition, but will also hold a public family workshop, 'Wax Seals and Parchment', on 27 July. Parents with their children will be able to discover a little more about the making of medieval documents, experience writing on real parchment with a reed pen, handle replica King John and Baron Fitz Walters seals, look closely at some of the seals from the Society's collection, or design their own heraldic shields. Hannah will also be holding a Magna Carta family workshop at Kelmscott Manor in July (date TBD).
Finally, there are still opportunities for Fellows to get involved. We'll soon be scheduling volunteer training workshops; if you would like to learn more about how you can help with the exhibition, please contact Head of Library and Collections Heather Rowland as soon as possible.
 

Forthcoming Ordinary Meetings of Fellows


Unless stated otherwise, tea is served from 16.15 and meetings start at 17.00. Guests are welcome if accompanied by a Fellow. Details of forthcoming meetings and events can be found on the 'Events' page of the Society's website.

16 April 2015: 'The Survey of London: Past, Present and Future', by Andrew Saint*
The Survey of London is the nearest thing there is to an official history of London's buildings. It was founded in the 1890s and provides essential reading for anyone wishing to find out about the capital's streets and buildings. It produces detailed architectural and topographical studies, which appear as large, sumptuously produced books currently published by Yale University Press and, supported by English Heritage, in searchable form online on the British History Online website.

*Please note that there will be a Ballot for the election of Fellows on this date.



Image belongs to the English Heritage.

23 April 2015: Anniversary Meeting

The Anniversary Meeting will begin at 15.30 and is open to Fellows only. Tea is served at 16.15, followed by the President’s Address (including ballot results and the presentation of medals) at 17.00, and concludes with a Reception at 18.00. Guests are welcome to Tea, the President’s Address, and the Reception.

During the Anniversary Reception, the Society will celebrate three new publications:

  • Sherborne Old Castle, Dorset
  • Dictionary of British Medieval Arms (vol. IV)
  • Catalogue of Paintings in the Collection of the Society of Antiquaries of London

Entry to the Reception is by ticket only (£10.00 per person).

Please book in advance for the Reception. You may call 020 7479 7080 or email admin@sal.org.uk to book.

Forthcoming Public Lectures


Public Lectures are held from 13.00 to 14.00 on Tuesdays. These lectures are very popular, so advance booking is advised to be sure of a place. Details of forthcoming lectures can be found on the 'Events' page of the Society's website.

21 April: ‘Electrifying Brunel’s Great Western Railway: the UK’s historic infrastructure in the twenty-first century’, by William Filmer-Sankey, FSA
This lecture will consider the impact on the Great Western Railway of the line’s electrification, and how, if carefully planned, the latest phase in the development of this historic railway line, with its 185 listed structures, can contribute to its significance. William Filmer-Sankey, an architectural historian and archaeologist with Alan Baxter & Associates LLP, the multidisciplinary design consultancy, will explain how the design process for the rail electrification programme, which is continuing, aims to combine respect for the line’s historic significance with the achievement of an efficient twenty-first-century railway.

26 May – 30 June: Magna Carta Through the Ages Six-Week Public Lecture Series
During the first six weeks of the Society's much-anticipated Magna Carta Through the Ages exhibition, there will be a weekly public lecture focused on exploring the impact of the 'Great Charter' around the world and throughout history. Like the Public Lectures Series, these lectures will take place 13.00 to 14.00 on Tuesday afternoons.

These lectures are well on their way to being fully booked already, so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment! More information can be found on the Society's website at www.sal.org.uk/events or www.sal.org.uk/magna-carta.


 

May Bank Holiday Closures: 4 May, 5 May & 25 May


The Society's apartments (including the Library) will be closed on both Monday, 4 May, and Tuesday, 5 May, for the early May bank holiday.

The Society's apartments (including the Library) will also be closed on 25 May for the late May bank holiday.
 

Fellows' Introductory Tours of Burlington House and the Society's Library


The next in the Society’s regular series of introductory tours will take place on 7 May 2015. Tours are free, but limited to twenty-five people, so places should be booked in advance. Please contact the Society’s Executive Assistant (call 020 7479 7080 or email admin@sal.org.uk). Tours start at 11.00, and coffee is served from 10.45. Lunch is available at the end of the tour for £5, but must be ordered in advance. There will be further tours scheduled in the autumn.
 

17 September 2015: 'The Cultural Legacy of the Battle of Agincourt, 1415-2015' (Conference, Society of Antiquaries)


The Battle of Agincourt has come to mean much more than simply a battle fought in northern France on 25 October 1415 between the English and French. Over the centuries it has stimulated literary, artistic and musical outputs. It has also been used as a symbol of British identity as well as of family ancestral pride, even in cases where participation in the battle is dubious. There are claims of objects associated with the battle, as well as problematic early excavations. Major wars have stimulated new interest, especially the Napoleonic wars and the First World War. This day conference explores these themes and others to explain why Agincourt has generated such a legacy in antiquarian traditions as well as in the popular psyche.

This full-day conference has been organised by Fellow Anne Curry. Details of the conference (including a full programme and booking details) will be available on the Society's 'Events' page on the website later this week.
 

Regional Fellows Groups

 

Welsh Fellows

Friday, 5 June: Meeting at Blaenavon Ironworks.
 
Friday to Sunday, 16 to 18 October: Weekend meeting based at the Cawdor Arms, Llandeilo. All Fellows are welcome to join the Welsh Fellows for these events! Further details are posted in the 'Welsh Regional Fellows' Group' section of the 'Fellows' Discussion Forum' (Fellows' login required). Email Fellow Alan Aberg with questions.
 

South West Fellows

Want to join the South West Regional Fellows Group? If you would like to receive email updates about forthcoming meetings in York, you can subscribe online at: http://eepurl.com/MvHUr
 

York Fellows

Want to join the York Regional Fellows Group? If you would like to receive email updates about forthcoming meetings in York, you can subscribe online at: http://eepurl.com/8nvxL
 

Other Regional Events

Sunday, 21 June (13.30): Fellow and Reviews Editor for the Society, Tom James, and Fellow and former Salon Editor, Christopher Catling, are organising a group outing for Fellows in Cheltenham (see the initial post in Salon 229). The excursion will include a walking tour (13.30) of Cheltenham led by Fellow Steven Blake, founder member of Cheltenham Local History Society, former Museum & Collections Manager at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and author of numerous books on the town's architecture and history. Those taking part on the walk will be asked for a donation of £10 towards the forthcoming Cheltenham volume of the Victoria County History. Tea will be served at Sydenham Lodge (12 Cranham Road, 15.00 to 18.00). RSVP by Monday, 1 June. Advanced booking is required. Contact Christopher Catling to confirm.
 

Ballot Results: 9 April 2015


On 9 April, we elected 15 new Fellows!

As honorary Fellow:

  • Brian Fagan, MA, PhD. Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara (known internationally for his work on ancient climate change and human societies and for communicating archaeology and the past to general audiences).

As Ordinary Fellows:

  • David Glynne Lewis, BSc, MA, PhD. Accountant (expert on medieval conduit systems and the history and topography of Windsor and Eton).
  • Derek Hall, Cert. Practical Archaeology. Archaeologist and ceramic specialist (has been an Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic Scotland and has extensive research interests in Scottish medieval pottery and monastic granges).
  • Clive Waddington, BA, MA, PhD. Archaeologist (specialist in the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods, particularly rock art and geoarchaeology, who has worked on many projects of national importance and has published widely).
  • Amara Alexandra Heywood Thornton, BA, MA, PhD. British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (has extensive experience of archaeologists’ archives, particularly relating to Egypt, Palestine and Israel and the history of heritage tourism).
  • William Derek Hamilton, BA, BA, MA, PhD. Archaeologist (leading expert in radiocarbon dating in Britain, particularly relating to prehistoric settlement archaeology; currently working on the Iron Age settlement round Danebury, Hants).
  • Eszter Banffy, MA, BA, PhD, DSc, Dr habil. Director, Römisch-Germanische Kommission des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Frankfurt (specialist in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, on which she has published widely).
  • Mark Collins, BA, PhD. Estates archivist and historian, Parliamentary Estates Directorate (advises on the presentation and rituals of the Palace of Westminster; expert on the 19th-century Gothic revival).
  • Malcolm Mercer, BSc, PhD. Curator of Tower History and Special Collections, Tower of London (has extensive experience of medieval and early modern records and has published widely on medieval military history, armour and central government records).
  • Adrian M. Chadwick, BA, MA, PhD. Research Associate, University of Leicester (his research interests include landscape archaeology and later prehistoric and Roman Britain; currently working on hoarding in Iron Age and Roman Britain).
  • Stuart James Alexander Laidlaw, BSc. Lecturer, Institute of Archaeology, UCL (his research interests range from the use of reflectance transformation imaging to the ivories from Nimrud; has dug in Crete and at Lepcis Magna.)
  • Jacqueline Watson, DipArchaeolConserv. Consultant archaeological conservator (specialist in analysis of traces on metalwork and conservation of waterlogged wooden artefacts such as the Dover Bronze Age Boat; author of 200 reports for English Heritage).
  • Veronica Fiorato, BA, MA. Team Leader (South), English Heritage (specialist in military archaeology, especially battlefields and 20th-century military remains; has published on the Battle of Towton).
  • Susanna Avery-Quash, MA, PhD. Senior Research Curator, National Gallery (responsible for developing and promoting the Gallery’s research strategy nationally and internationally; has published widely on art and collecting history).
  • Kate Welham, BSc, MSc, PhD. Associate Professor of Archaeological Science, Bournemouth University (specialises in the application of remote sensing techniques and also in glass production in N Europe; has directed numerous archaeological surveys on prehistoric and historic landscapes, including Stonehenge, Easter Island and Tanzania).

'Heritage in Trouble' Follow-up Report


Fellows will remember that the General Secretary reported on 'Heritage in Trouble', the bulldozing of Nimrud and the destruction of artefacts in Mosul Museum at the hands of the Islamic State (as well as the sale of stolen antiquities to fund IS and others), in issue 338. Jane Moon, a Fellow with 'boots on the ground' in Iraq (as reported in issue 339, she recently wrapped up a season of excavation and research at Tell Khaiber), provided this follow-up report on the situation:

'This kind of outrage is a unique challenge. Means of protection from, say, the weather can be devised; accidental damage during warfare might be mitigated by better communication; but deliberate destruction by well-armed fanatical vandals is a very special case. Obvious responses are: expression of disgust; attempts to monitor the extent of the damage; and promises to help with restoration when it becomes feasible. All of these have their place, but there are other things we can do.

'One is to continue with research, particularly fieldwork, collaborating with Iraqi practitioners. There is so much more left to discover. Another worthwhile procedure is surely to emphasize that the physical artefacts are a means to end, i.e. the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of our shared past, and to help to upgrade educational materials that contribute to this.

'So-called ISIL wants to "erase" the pre-Islamic history that is a source of pride and unity to all Iraqis, regardless of current ethnic affiliation, and indeed to everyone. But history is a matter of record and cannot be erased with a jack-hammer. Iraq is starting to re-open its museums, so far with a traditional focus on objects in glass cases. The use of contemporary techniques, such as virtual imaging, to enhance the educational value, would be of enormous help. It would also help to support and showcase current and on-going research and discovery, to make the point that what is important is what the objects tell us.'

Jane has also posted a response on the topic in the Fellows' Discussion Forum. Sign in there to continue the conversation.
 

New Advice on Planning, the Historic Environment and Archaeology in England


Historic England has published new Good Practice Advice on planning and the historic environment. Prepared by various organisations represented on the Historic Environment Forum, including the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and Historic England, the advice underpins the Government’s Planning Practice Guidance which in turn expands upon the core policy principles of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Three documents on the planning advice pages of Historic England’s website cover: In terms of archaeology there is much to celebrate. Peter Hinton, CIfA’s Chief Executive, highlighted the achievements:

This guidance represents a considerable improvement on the advice in PPG16 and the PPS5 practice guide (now to be withdrawn). GPA2 makes a robust case for the need for local authorities to have access to HERs and makes it clear that they must be dynamic, maintained records managed and interpreted by specialists. It gives a strong steer towards the use of CIfA standards (including compliance by local government with the Standard and guidance for archaeological advice to historic environment services), and advises on the use of Registered Organisations and CIfA-accredited individuals. It also provides a more flexible model planning condition that will go some way to reducing the risk of conditions being discharged before they have been honoured by planning applicants, with the problems that has brought to the funding and completion of programmes of analysis.

Jan Wills, Hon Chair of CIfA, said: 'This new advice, formally linked to government planning policy and guidance in England, reinforces the good professional practice that CIfA members have established over years of developer-funded archaeology. Taken with our recent award of a Royal Charter, it represents the maturity of our profession, and builds a solid foundation for our future. The profession will be discussing the implications of this and other developments at the CIfA annual conference in Cardiff on 15 to 17 April (http://www.archaeologists.net/conference/2015info).'
 

Castle Studies Trusts Awards


Progress continues apace at the Castle Studies Trust (CST). As many of the Trust’s 2014 grant awards came to fruition, in early 2015, it decided on its second round of grants totalling £9,500 on two projects.

Photographic survey of the standing remains of Gleaston Castle, Cumbria: The survey will be used to create a 3D model and help us not only understand these little-studied northern border castles of Cumbria, but help in the conservation of this Grade 1 listed site, which has been flagged by English Heritage as at severe risk. The results obtained using the aerial photographic techniques/a UAV will provide valuable research data including detailed/accurate geo-referenced images of all elevations of the towers and curtain walls, a record of architectural features- in particular of the inaccessible first and second floors of the towers, information to allow for assessment of the construction and phasing of the castle, and a record of topographic features within the courtyard.

Preparation of phase plans and drawings of the historically and archaeologically important Pleshey Castle, Essex: Part of a larger project to write up the excavations of Steven Bassett at Pleshey Castle (trench through motte defensive ditch, from motte side into bailey), put it into its historical and archaeological context  alongside  published excavations from the Castle and Village, and publish the results in Essex Archaeology & History.

Later on in the year we will be looking to host exclusive open days for both these projects for all those who support the Trust’s work financially, as we did last year at Wressle.

2014 Grant Awards
Three of projects funded by the Castle Studies Trust 2014 have been completed, with the fourth, Tibbers, to be completed in mid 2015.  The final reports for both Ballintober and Wressle are available for you to download for free from the Castle Studies Trust’s website. The Holt CAD reconstruction has also been finished with the different images (see the CST website) in the process of being turned into a video fly through of the site, which will be available later in 2015. The CST is entirely reliant on donations from the general public. If you would like to help continue the Trust’s work and gain the chance to come along to one of our exclusive open days later in 2015, please make a donation online.
 

News of Fellows


Fellow Malcolm Wiener, President of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, has recently been awarded the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour of the Republic of Greece. During the past year, he has also received the honorary doctorates of Dickinson College and the University of Arizona, as well as the Bandelier Award for Contributions to Archaeology of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Fellows David Coke and Alan Borg received the American prize from the Historians of British Art for the best multi-authored book, Vauxhall Gardens, A History (Yale UP, 2011).
 

Review: The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture


In 'News of Fellows' in the last issue, we announced the publication of The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture. Fellow and former Salon editor Christopher Catling has provided the following review of the publication by Fellow James Stevens Curl. 

'Would you read a dictionary for pleasure? In the case of the Oxford Dictionary of Architecture, you might well, for Fellow James Stevens Curl (collaborating with Dr Susan Wilson for this much expanded third edition) is a dictionary writer in the Samuel Johnson mould: his definitions are not only elegantly concise, they often sparkle with sententious wit. Stevens Curls’ definition of "piloti", for example, has passed into architectural folklore: "a favourite device of Le Corbusier, its widespread adoption in the UK has created many unpleasant spaces".

'Many definitions are accompanied by a mini-essay. Look up "mural painting" and the 350-word entry takes you from Pompeii via medieval Doom paintings to Gambier Parry’s Highnam church and Bodley’s St John the Baptist church at Tuebrook, on Merseyside, superbly restored, we are told, by Dykes Bower, and then on to arts and crafts and Bauhaus murals and the use of didactic murals under Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. We are told that "in the late 1920s there was a new trend towards making art public and accessible even as developments in ‘Modern’ art tended to become introspective and exclusive" – an example of one of the authors’ favourite devices, the ironic statement.

'Is there a theme emerging here – a dislike of the "Modern" movement and all its manifestations, perhaps? We had better look up "Modernist" and "Modern Movement". Sure enough, the author is not a fan: He is objective and judicious in his account of Modernism in architecture and landscape gardening but cannot resist pointing out more ironies. The adherents claimed to "reject past styles" and yet they "often claimed affinities with past masters when it suited them (usually on flimsy grounds)". Modern Movement architects stand accused of "bullying all to conform", of seeking to abolish style but simply creating a new one, "albeit with very limited vocabulary (and one based on already outdated images)" and of being "devoted to the destruction of academic architecture and institutions" but constructing its own "theories, dogmas and pedagogic establishments".

'Pevsner is chastised for the "demonstrably dodgy constructs" in his writing in praise of Modernism, but the authors also have words of praise for those later architects who worked in the Modernist idiom but did so "sensitive to Nature", and, rather than imposing one style on every space, "realised that context (local cultural, climatic and topographical aspects) really ought not to be ignored".

'So, we now know who the bad guys are, but what about the heroes? Start by looking up "Lutyens" – described as the "English architect held by some to be the greatest since Wren" – and simply follow the various cross references.

'An opinionated Dictionary then, but why not? Some might ask why a massive Dictionary (1,040 pages, 6,000 entries, 900 entirely new) is needed at all in the internet age, but try comparing a Wikipedia entry with one of the Oxford Dictionary’s genuinely informative definitions and you will soon see important differences, not least the fact that Wikipedia entries are often written in English "as a Foreign Language": the individual words make sense, but joined up they fail to make a meaningful sentence. Give me this pleasingly well written dictionary any day.'

The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture, by James Stevens Curl and Susan Wilson, ISBN: 9780199674985, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Lives remembered: Fiona Roe, FSA


The following extract is from the obituary published in Oxford Archaeology by Ruth Shaffrey, and has been edited by a contributing Fellow.

'Fiona Elizabeth Susan Roe, FSA, (1939–2015) was very well know to prehistorians, as ‘an enthusiastic and brilliant stone specialist’, ‘a lovely person: knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with’, ‘a warm and lovely person’. Fiona was an unreservedly enthusiastic archaeologist who was still actively working when she fell ill. She will be remembered fondly by those who worked with her and she will be missed by many.

'Fiona was born in Hambledon, Surrey in 1939, the eldest of five children. She was educated at North Foreland Lodge School before reading archaeology at Edinburgh University under Stuart Piggott, graduating with a MA in Prehistoric Archaeology in 1962. Fiona extended her interest in stone implements with post-graduate study at Newnham College Cambridge, receiving her MLitt in 1969 for her thesis on ‘Bronze Age battle-axes and maceheads’. She published her seminal paper in 1966, ‘The battle-axe series in Britain’ (Proc Prehist Soc 32),. At this time she also worked on the excavations of the important Turkish Neolithic site, Çatal Hüyük where she met her future husband Derek, the palaeolithic archaeologist.

'They moved to Oxford in 1965, where she continued to develop her passion for prehistoric stone around bringing up her two children. This led her to Oxford University’s Geology Department where she began thin-sectioning stone axes and identifying the source sites for the stone, meticulously filling and repainting the cut stone afterwards. Fiona was something of a pioneer when it came to the detailed analysis of stone artefacts and the combined approach of geology and archaeology formed the basis for all her future specialist work.

'Fiona's interest in prehistoric stone continued throughout her life but she extended her repertoire to include worked stone of all periods. She was interested in all aspects of the utilisation of stone through time, including study of querns, millstones, whetstones, mortars and grindstones, and the human element of their use.  Although not affiliated to any single organisation, Fiona worked tirelessly for innumerable archaeological units and university departments mainly in the south of England. As a result, she was responsible for the worked stone reports for numerous major archaeological excavations including Cadbury Castle, Glastonbury Lake Village, Hambledon Hill, Segsbury Camp, Uley West Hill, Kingscote, Yarnton, Eton and Eynsham Abbey. Fiona's contribution to the study of worked stone objects was recognised when she was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in July 2009.

'Fiona was a firm supporter of local archaeological groups as well as a keen member of the Prehistoric Society, Neolithic Studies Group, Bronze Age Studies Group, Quern Study Group and Implement Petrology Group and participated in many of their field trips, at home and abroad. She had learned German in order to keep up with publications and travel to sites and museums, and she also took great delight in other projects, even travelling to Columbia in 1982 and 1994-5 on field trips that culminated in publications on the petrological analysis of pottery.

'Fiona was particularly supportive of any younger scholars who showed an interest in stone artefacts and she will be remembered by many as the person that made calling yourself a 'stone specialist' permissible. Over the last decade she had begun to 'wind down' the number of post-excavation projects that she was involved in so that she could concentrate on research. She was a member of the Leverhulme team working on the Ritual in Early Bronze Age Grave Goods project and she was deeply proud of the publications that ensued. She took pleasure in reading the early reviews of the volume from her hospital bed.

'Outside archaeology, Fiona was a keen and experienced gardener – the garden being the feature that drew her to her home in rural Gloucestershire - and she put her heart into making it beautiful. She could often be found outside with some rocks drying in the sun and a cat curled up beside her. She enjoyed seeing her two young grand-daughters and keeping up with friends from school, college and archaeology. She is survived by her daughter Bridget, her son Nick and two grandchildren.'
 

Lives remembered: Beric Morley


We are grateful to Fellow Lindsay Allason-Jones for providing the following obituary for archaeologist Beric Morley:

'Fellows will be saddened to learn of the death of Beric Morley, English Heritage’s Regional Director for the South West. Typical of his modesty and sense of what was proper, he declined the offer to be put forward for a Fellowship of the Society early in his career because he felt he had not then done enough to deserve the honour. His steady decline due to Alzheimer’s disease, which was diagnosed in 2004, sadly stopped him from completing a doctorate about castle planning and finally becoming a Fellow.
 
'Beric was born in Shropshire in 1943 and, after schooling at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, he gained his Bachelor of Sciences in mathematics and Master of Sciences in theoretical physics at the University of Southampton. He taught mathematics from 1966 to 1969 at Harrow County School for Boys, but then switched careers to become Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments in the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works. He worked in the West Country and the West Midlands before becoming Regional Director for the South West, based in Bristol.
 
'His interest in archaeology had been fired as a 16 year-old volunteer at Fishbourne Roman Palace under Lt. Col. G. W. Meates. However, the Roman period held limited fascination for him as he became increasingly interested in medieval buildings, an interest which led him to direct excavations at Castle Rising near King’s Lynn in Norfolk from 1970 to 1976. The full excavation report was published in 1997.
 
'Those who worked with him whilst he was an Inspector, dug with him at Castle Rising, visited sites with him, or simply knew him from his appearances over seven years with Time Team, will always remember his enthusiasm for medieval buildings, his kindness and his unfailing good humour.'
 

Forthcoming Heritage Events


28 April 2015: 'Evidence set in stone? Twelfth-century sculptors and workshop practices in northern Palencia, Spain', lecture by Tessa Garton
The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland will host the lecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art, at 17.30, and it will be followed by a reception hosted by the Research Forum of the Institute. For questions and to book, email karen.impey@me.com.

16 May 2015: Heritage on the Line, a conference on the potential impact of HS2 on Buckinghamshire's heritage

For further details see http://www.bucksas.org.uk.

17 May 2015: Dry Stone Walling Workshop at Winterbourne Medieval Barn
For details about this and other events, visit the website.

4–5 June 2015: 'Heraldry and Piracy in an Age of Chivalry: The Jurisdiction of the Constable and Marshal(s) and of the Admiralty in Later Medieval England and France' (Conference, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter)
Under the presidency of the Constable and Marshal of England, the Court of Chivalry heard cases that arose out of acts of war, including disputes over rights in prisoners and their ransoms as well as about rights to particular coats of arms. It also took cognisance of appeals of treason, in which battle was offered by the appellant. As with the Admiralty, its jurisdiction took clearer form in the second quarter of the fourteenth century. The wars waged by the English in France led to the need for a tribunal that could deal with disputes that arose on land or sea, beyond the reach of the common law—resulting in tribunals that operated in accordance with the Continental civil law. The developing European cult of chivalry gave greater prominence to the Prince’s position as head of an apparatus that would resolve disputes between members of the noble and knightly ranks, and comparable jurisdictions accordingly also developed in France, under the Constable and Marshals of the kingdom and certain of its duchies as well as under the Admiral. Organised by Fellows Anthony Musson and Nigel Ramsay, this conference is the first gathering for those interested in these closely inter-related areas of the law; and such documentation as survives from the courts is incredibly rich in social and archaeological details (for instance, about tombs and stained glass that showed disputed coats of arms). For details, download the information sheet. To register, please email n.ramsay@ucl.ac.uk.

28 October 2015: ‘Beyond Agincourt: The Funerary Achievements of Henry V’ (Conference, Westminster Abbey)
On the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Westminster Abbey is holding a conference to examine the Funerary Achievements of Henry V. Buried at Westminster Abbey, Henry V’s shield, sword, saddle and helm were carried in his funeral procession. On 28 October, historians and armour experts will come together to examine these important objects and consider their use at Henry V’s funeral. Book tickets at online. http://westminster-abbey.org/agincourt
 

Vacancies


Volunteer Visitor Assistants, Magna Carta Through the Ages
Would you like to be a part of the national celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta? The Society will be staging a special exhibition where visitors will have the unique opportunity to see its three copies of the 'Great Charter' and explore the antiquarian interest in it through the centuries. The exhibition will be open Monday to Friday from 26 May to 31 July.  We are looking for volunteers to help with a range of activities during the exhibition including welcoming visitors, invigilating the exhibition, and assisting with the lunchtime lecture programme. No previous experience is necessary as training will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can download a Volunteer Application form at www.sal.org.uk/vacancies.

Partnerships Manager & Resources Coordinator, The Council for British Archaeology
Closing date: 24 April

The CBA is seeking to appoint two new full-time posts: a Partnerships Manager (salary £30k) and a Resources Coordinator (salary £26k). Both posts will be based in York and will be key members of the CBA staff team to develop the important work of the charity to boost public participation with archaeology across the UK and champion the importance and benefits of archaeology. Full details of both posts are available on the CBA website and any questions can be addressed to the CBA Director, Dr Mike Heyworth MBE FSA, via director@archaeologyuk.org.

Curator, The National Trust
Closing Date: 26 April 2015
An experienced and ambitious Curator is required to help care for and develop the visitor experience at Tyntesfield, a spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house near Bristol, in NT’s South West region. Starting salary of c. £30,000 per annum. Fixed term, full-time contract for three years. Search the website using keyword IRC24296.

Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas, Historic England
Closing date: 29 April

Historic England are seeking a Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas to lead our small development management team for Greater Manchester and Merseyside, which advises on the heritage of our two great cities and many other important places. Salary: £35,000 - £40,000 dependent upon knowledge, skills and experience. For further information and to apply please visit the website
 

Feedback


In the previous issue of Salon, we shared news of Fellow James Stevens Curl, but incorrectly published his name as James Steven Curl. Our apologies for the mistake!
 

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