- Railways and Canals of the Trent Triangle
Leader: Ian Mitchell
Ian Mitchell will lead a walk looking at canals and railways between Long Eaton and the River Trent. This area has been an important transport intersection since the connection from the Erewash Canal into the River Trent opened in 1779, and when the Midland Counties Railway opened in 1840 this was where the lines from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester met in a great triangular junction. A railway to canal interchange facility was developed, and in 1862 a railway station known as ‘Trent’ was built specifically for passengers changing trains. The station closed in 1967, but most of the canal and railway lines are still in use today, and many of the early features survive.
Organised by the Industrial Archaeology Section
Members only – booking arrangements have been notified in the Summer 2021 Newsletter
- Bradgate Park excavation
Ice Age Journeys and the Bradgate Park Trust are undertaking a community archaeological survey of the River Lin floodplain. This Lottery-funded project will build upon the previous archaeological work at the Creswellian site, Little Matlock Gorge, led by Lynden Cooper for the University of Leicester Archaeological Services in 2015–16. The current project, led by Lynden and Daryl Garton, aims to map the superficial deposits of the glacial terrace between Little Matlock Gorge and Bradgate House. It will comprise auger and test-pit survey, providing data for a geomorphological model of the Late Glacial floodplain and identify any scatters of worked flints.
Feel free to visit the excavations at any time (14th–16th and 21st–23rd September, 10:30–3:30) in this public park, but there will be a special tour detailing the Late Upper Palaeolithic archaeology on Wednesday 22nd September, 2pm start. Nearest parking (and toilets) are at Newton Linford carpark, LE6 0HB (Pay & Display). To find Daryl and Lynden, walk into the park along the river – about 10-15 mins.
- Imagery of Sport and Entertainment on Romano-British Mosaics
Speaker: Stephen R. Cosh, D.Litt., F.S.A
An examination of what Romano-British mosaics tell us about the circus (chariot racing), wild animal hunts in the wild and the arena, and (briefly) gladiatorial contests. Also how this love of sports and entertainment among the elite is reflected in their choice of illustrations of mythical stories from classical literature for mosaics.
Stephen is an archaeological writer and illustrator specialising in the Roman period. He is the co-author of the four volume corpus Roman Mosaics of Britain and has written numerous articles and specialist reports.