Derbyshire Archaeological Society
THE 2013 - 2014 WINTER
All the following events (unless specified otherwise) will be
St Mary's Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby at 7:30
LHS – Local History
IAS – Industrial Archaeology Section
ARG – Archaeological
Research Group AS – Architectural
Friday 29 November 2013. The Great Grimsby Ice Factory.
Speaker : Chris Lester
In 1901 Grimsby had the largest fishing fleet in Europe and the ice
factory was built to supply the industry with ice to preserve fish
for sale. The vast quantities of ice required were produced in a
huge efficient factory. However, with the introduction of modern
techniques and the decline in the fishing fleet, it closed in 1990.
Since then it has suffered the ravages of time, but it still has
its machinery intact and as a result of it being the only large ice
factory remaining in the U.K. it has been awarded Grade II* listed
building status. Chris's talk will chart the history of the
factory, illustrate its equipment and describe plans for its
Friday 6th December. 7:30 pm. The Society's Annual Christmas
In ST. PAUL'S CHURCH HALL, Chester Green, DE1 3RJ
Preceded by a talk by Mick and Carol Appleby on Derbyshire Oral
Derbyshire Archaeology Society Public Lecture.
10th January 2014. 7.30pm. Greyfriars, Leicester and the Search for
the grave of Richard III.
By Mr Richard Buckley, B.A., F.S.A., M.I.F.A.
(Co -Director - University of Leicester Archaeological
In Room OL1, The University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby.
After graduating from the University of Durham in 1979,
Richard was a Field Officer with Leicestershire Archaeological Unit
from 1980-1995, supervising urban and rural excavations, and
completing post-excavation analysis of a number of backlog sites
and finds assemblages. In 1986, he instigated and coordinated the
investigation of the structure of Leicester Castle Hall and John of
Gaunt's Cellar and in 1988-9, he co-directed a major urban
project in Leicester - the Shires excavation. From 1990, his role
changed to project manager of rural and urban projects of varying
complexity, the largest being the Causeway Lane excavation in 1991
(team of 50). With the closure of LAU in 1995, he formed (with
Patrick Clay), University of Leicester Archaeological Services, a
self funded entrepreneurial centre within the School of Archaeology
and Ancient History. In his role as co-director of ULAS, he
continues to manage archaeological fieldwork projects principally
in the East Midlands, specialising in urban sites and historic
buildings. Most recently, he has been consultant and project
manager for the Highcross Leicester project, which led to three
major excavations with a budget of over £4m, and was also lead
archaeologist for the Search for Richard III project - an
investigation at Leicester's Greyfriars with the aim of finding
the king's burial place. He has also acted as consultant on
schemes for the display and interpretation of Scheduled Ancient
Monuments and has been an expert witness at two public
His publications include Leicester Town Defences (with J. Lucas,
1987), Leicester Castle Hall (with N.W. Alcock, 1987) Roman and
Medieval Occupation in Causeway Lane, Leicester (with A. Connor
1999) and Leicester Abbey (with J. Story and J. Bourn) along with a
number of interim reports and notes in Transactions of the
Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, a journal
which he edited between 1991 and 2003. He has also co-written
articles on a timber barn in Molise, Italy and on an ironworking
site in Sarawak.
17th January 2014. Archaeology without a grant.
Speaker: Tony Brookes
Community Archaeologists usually are paying any costs they incur
from their own pocket to carry out their work, unlike the funded
consultancies. Using free open source software allows
archaeologists access to software offering facilities equal to many
commercial packages. Not just report writing presentation and
spreadsheets, but desktop publishing, graphics, drawing packages
and digital mapping or graphical information systems are usually
available for the PC, Mac and Linux operating systems. Such
packages are already in use by Academia, Governments,
Archaeologists with Grants and others worldwide.
Using Ordnance Survey Open Data maps, Open Street Map data and
other (free or very cheap) sources will be used to present examples
of historical mapping and analysis, resistivity surveys and how
such material can be used in a presentation and printed report. The
type of support, tutorial and reference materials that are
available for them will also be discussed.
Tony will also give brief details and status of a research project to
study and test the feasibility of using open-source hardware and software
to design, build & test a resistivity meter, a magnetometer and
a differential gps receiver. Tony has been awarded a grant to partly
cover expenses from The Pilling Bequest of the DAS.
Friday 7th February 2014. In the Footsteps of Flamsteed.
Speaker: Dr Michael Lancaster
This lecture we will examine the life and work of Derby's own
"local hero" John Flamsteed. It will start from his
Derbyshire beginnings to his meteoric rise to become England's
first Astronomer Royal. From his work at Greenwich he catalogued
the positions of around 3000 stars with unprecedented accuracy.
This led to improved navigation and laid the foundations for
European Astronomy for the next century.
Friday 14 February 2014. The Story of Stainless Steel.
Speaker : David Dulieu.
It is 100 years since stainless steel was developed by Harry
Brearley of Sheffield who added the required amount of chromium to
an alloy steel and it is now used in a variety of products where
resistance to corrosion is required. The search goes back to the
end of the 18th Century when chromium was discovered, however there
was nothing but failure until the early 20th Century when electric
furnaces were introduced for melting steel which enabled it to be
produced in a closely controlled manner which was the key to
success. Unfortunately the outbreak of WW1 inhibited the
development of this product for a while, but the speaker will
review the 'Golden Age' during 1920-1930 when various
stainless steels were introduced that are still in large scale use
Friday 28th February 2014. Ice Age Journeys.
Speaker: Daryl Garton.
Daryl will report on this community
project focussed near Newark, Nottinghamshire but with close links
to Cresswell Crags, where volunteers are conducting research into
the late Upper Palaeolithic using a variety of techniques,
fieldwalking, augering and test pitting. The project is in
conjunction with a number of specialists including the British
Geological Society and Oxford University.
Derbyshire Archaeology Society & WEA Public Lecture.
Friday 7th March 2014 at 7.30pm. 20 Years of Time Team and Geofizz:
what have we learnt?
By Dr. John Gater.
In Room OL1, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby.
John Gater is a British archaeological physicist who has
regularly featured on Time Team, on Channel 4 since 1993. He was
educated at University of Bradford, gaining a B.Sc in
Archaeological Sciences. Places of work include British Gas, the
Ancient Monuments Laboratory (EH), and Bradford University
Research. In 1986 he set up an independent consultancy in
geophysics for archaeology. In 1983 he became a member of the
Institute of Field Archaeologists and is also an associate editor
for the Journal of Archaeological Prospection. In 2006 he was
awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Bradford
for his distinguished contributions to the field of Archaeological
On the 'The Very Best Time Team Digs' DVD set, John states
that at the time of the DVD's manufacture, his favourite dig
was Turkdean (the only site where the quality of the archaeological
data was so good that Time Team returned at a later date to dig it
Friday 14 March 2014. IAS Section AGM. Big Wheel to Very Big
Speaker : Neil Calladine
When charter fairs took place there were large gatherings of people
for the sale of goods and services and this gave an opportunity to
provide entertainment of various forms. Mechanical devices were in
use in the eighteenth century and would be manually powered, the
"Merry Go Round" and the "Big Wheel" are two of
the earliest examples. Neil will show how the Fairground Industry
evolved and give details of the foremost companies associated with
Friday 21 March 2014. AS Section AGM. The Farmhouses and
Cottages of South Derbyshire.
Speaker: Philip Heath.
This talk examines the constructional details, room uses and
distinguishing features of South Derbyshire farmhouses and
cottages, particularly those of the mid 17th to mid 19th centuries.
It is based on a mixture of documentary evidence and observation,
since many features which were once everyday now pass unnoticed and
are little documented. The talk challenges the common assertion
that ordinary cottagers didn't care what their houses looked
like and looks at some ideas we would now consider quaint, such as
large dovecotes in the attics of farmhouses, or putting up
one's own guttering on a rented property and taking it with you
when you left.
Friday 28th March. LHS Section AGM. Introduction to Derbyshire
Speaker: Sarah Chubb.
An overview of the new combined Archives and Local Studies Service
at The Record Office and a glimpse into the varied collections held
Friday 4th April 2014. ARG Section AGM. Excavations at a new
Roman settlement near Ripley.
Speaker: Sue Ebbins.
In 2010 a Roman bronze coin hoard by metal detectorist David Beard
led to an excavation around the find spot by Alan Palfreyman and
Susan Ebbins on behalf of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society.
Previously unrecorded and extensive Roman building remains are now
suspected. This is a rarity in Derbyshire, which will contribute
greatly to our sparse knowledge of the Roman landscape in this part
of the Derwent/Amber valleys. Initial results will be
Saturday 10 May 2014. EMIAC 87. Chesterfield, Centre of
Hosted by North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society.
St. Thomas's Church Centre, Chatsworth Road, Brampton,
Chesterfield. Booking form will be with December Newsletter.
(Advance booking essential)
items which maybe of interest
CBA Members’ Research Day: Saturday 9th November 2013
To be held at Lambley Village Hall, Catfoot Lane,
Lambley, Nottingham, NG4 4QF.
Please note that the booking deadline
is 26th October. The programme and booking form can be seen and downloaded from
CBA Research Day Booking Form
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