FREE PUBLIC LECTURE at 7.30pm on Friday 29 September Room OL1, The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby
'Protecting the Roman Empire: Understanding fortlets and frontiers.
Matthew Symonds, Editor: Current World Archaeology
The Roman army enjoys an enviable reputation as an instrument of waging war, but as the modern world reminds us, an enduring victory requires far more than simply winning battles. When it came to suppressing counterinsurgencies, or deterring the depredations of bandits, the army frequently deployed small groups of infantry and cavalry based in fortlets. This remarkable installation type has never previously been studied in detail, and shows a new side to the Roman army. Rather than displaying the aggressive uniformity for which the Roman military is famous, individual fortlets were usually bespoke installations tailored to local needs. Examining fortlet use in north-
Hadrian’s Wall, the Antonine Wall, and the Upper German and Raetian limites. The archaeological evidence will be integrated with documentary sources to disclose the gritty reality of life in a Roman fortlet.
Matthew Symonds studied archaeology at Nottingham University, and then at Christ Church, Oxford. He is a visiting fellow at Newcastle University, has co-
6th October : ‘Ancient Hedgerows’
Speaker : Lynn Pickering
Ancient hedgerows have long defined boundaries for parishes, landowners and farmers. Many hedgerows are hundreds of years old. What can our remaining hedgerows tell us about the past? Lynn gives a fascinating talk on how to identify a pre-
Friday 20th October : ‘The Pentrich Revolution’
Speaker : Roger Tanner
The Pentrich Revolution took place 200 years ago in June 1817. Home-
Roger Tanner’s lecture will explore the background, events and implications of the
FREE PUBLIC LECTURE at 7.30pm on Friday 27 October Room OL1, The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby
Memorial Lecture for Peter Billson: Protecting Derby’s Heritage.
Lecturer : Maxwell Craven
Over the years Maxwell Craven and Peter worked together on numerous projects associated with the Derby Civic Society aimed at protecting Derby’s historic environment. Their accomplishments included the saving of the Railway Cottages, the creation of the Railway and Green Lane Conservation
areas. The number of Listed Buildings were increased and the Local List was revised. In and out of all these activities is woven the attempts of the Conservation Area Advisory Committee, which included both Max and Peter, to try and convince the Planning Sub-
Maxwell Craven previously had a life behind the scenes at Derby Museum in various roles and is of course very well known to us as an author and historian of Derby and its buildings. He is a speaker of renown. He continues to write books – a new one out this month – and to fight on for the conservation of Derby’s historic buildings.
3rd November : ‘Recent work at Ticknall’
Speakers : Sue Brown and Janet Spavold
This talk by Sue and Janet will focus on the work of the Ticknall Archaeological Research Group and how the excavations and other work that has been carried out has added to the understanding of the village and the landscape.
10 November : 'New Light on Barlborough Hall'
Speaker : Pete Smith, FSA
Barlborough Hall in north-
November 17th : ‘The Unknown Warrior’
Speaker : John Hastings Thompson
The project to build a working replica of a built classpassenger engine will be described. The project will come to fruition on the centenary of the end of the First World War.
8th. December. The DAS Xmas Social will be held at 7:30pm in St. Paul’s Church Hall, Chester Green, Derby DE1 3RT
Speaker to be advised.
FREE PUBLIC LECTURE at 7.30pm on Friday 05 January 2018 Room OL1, The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby
Paintings Along The Wall
Lecturer : Dr David Breeze
In 1848 Henry Burdon Richardson produced over 40 paintings of Hadrian's Wall, many later used in the publications of John Collingwood Bruce, thereby becoming the iconic views of the frontier. The paintings depict the Wall at the very start of its modern life. The lecture will explore the creation of the
paintings, what they tell us about Hadrian's Wall, their afterlife and the social background of the time.
David Breeze is the author of the basic text book on Hadrian's Wall, now in its 42nd year. He has also written on the Antonine Wall in Scotland, onRoman frontiers and on the Roman army. He was formerly Chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies.
26th January : ‘Excavations at Chester Green, Derby’
Speaker : Paul Flintoff of Trent & Peak Archaeology
Paul will describe the recent excavations that took place at the southern end of the Darley Playing Fields in advance of the Flood Defence scheme work. The Trent & Peak team discovered evidence of internal streets or road surfaces and more items from day to day life of the settlement’s occupants.
2nd February : ‘Portable Antiquities Scheme’
Speaker : Alaistair Willis of Derby Museum
Alaistair Willis has been the Finds Liaison Officer for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire since 2015. He is based at Derby Museum. Items discovered by the public are wide and varied and include medieval gold jewellery, a Viking silver ingot and hoards of Roman coins. Alaistair will describe some of the finds and explain more about the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
February 9th. 2018‘100 Years of Trent Buses’
Speaker : Alan Hiley
Alan will describe the growth of the Trent Bus Company and its service network over the last 100 years and alsous ofof the special excursions and trips offered.
Friday 16th February : ‘Warriors, Warlords and Saints. Some themes in Mercian History’
Speaker : Dr John Hunt
Friday 23rd February : ‘Derbyshire in the Civil War’
Speaker : Brian Stone
Derbyshire was of crucial strategic importance during the Civil War. This talk will examine its role and the stirring events of the period through the eyes of the notorious Parliamentary Commander, Sir John Gell of Hopton.FREE PUBLIC LECTURE at 7.30pm on Friday 2 March Room OL1, The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby
Pottery Production in Anglo-
Lecturer : Dr Gareth Perry, University of Sheffield
England in the 9th century witnessed a revolution in pottery production. For the first time since the Roman period, pottery was wheel-
Gareth Perry originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer and as a physics teacher. He arrived at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, in 2007 when he enrolled on the Material Culture Studies MA. Here he completed his PhD and progressed to his current role as head of the Archaeomaterials Laboratory.
9th March : Section AGM followed by a talk ‘Heath End pottery kiln’
Speaker : David Budge of Mercian Archaeology
David will talk about the excavation of Joseph Tetley’s 18th century pottery kiln discovered at Ley’s Farm, Heath End, Ashby de la Zouch, the finds and the connection with the Ticknall pottery industry.
Friday, 16 March 2018 : 'Lutyens and the Great War'
Speaker : Tim Skelton
Widely celebrated as one of Britain’s finest architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens is mainly known through the wonderful collection of Arts and Crafts houses that he designed, often in collaboration with the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. Less well appreciated (apart from the Cenotaph and the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme at Thiepval) is the wider part that he played in the way that those who died in the First World War 1 are commemorated -
Friday 23rd March : ‘LHS AGM and Derbyshire Surnames’
Speaker : Dr Paul Cullen
This lecture will offer an introduction to the four basic categories of English surname (occupational names, relationship names, locative names and nicknames), using as examples surnames which are particularly characteristic of Derbyshire. The meanings will be discussed, including a few unsolved mysteries, and distribution maps will illustrate their geographical range.
Dr Paul Cullen has worked for The English Place-
Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland”.
April 6th. 2018 The Industrial Section AGM followed by ‘Saltaire’
Speaker : Rod Pearson
Rod will describe the efforts of mill owner Titus Salt to provide good quality planned housing and services forworkers in his mill, setting up one of the first planned
Friday, 13 April 2018 : AGM and 'Nottingham in Hanoverian Times, 1714 to 1837'
Speaker : Graham Clarke
At the start of this period Nottingham was described as the loveliest and neatest town in England outside London, with fine houses and gardens and just over 7,000 souls within the line of its ancient walls. At the end of the period there were 51,000 people living within the same area, 4,400 were on poor relief, and it was described as the worst slum in the Empire after Calcutta. The talk will look at the life of the town through this period of momentous change, and what remains from those times to be seen today.
Saturday 19 May 2018 -
Hosted by DAS in Long Eaton. Booking form in January newsletter.
It is the turn of DAS to host the twice-
Century, power stations along the River Trent were the backbone of the UK’s electricity supply. They ran with remarkable thermal efficiency 24 hours a day, burning locally mined coal, transported from the collieries in ‘merry-
This conference will look at the history of electricity generation in the Trent Valley, with 5 speakers covering the subject from the first small scale local plants of the 1880s to the CEGB giants of the 1960s. In the afternoon there will be a walk through Long Eaton looking at the buildings of the town’s original electricity generating station and the lace factories that were its first consumers