Congratulations to Yorkshire CBA for their winning new format. Forum now appears as a slim glossy magazine with abstracts and colour images. The articles themselves are online, free to members and then available on Open Access to all a year after publication.
It’s an attractive and imaginative way to cut costs and save space on bookshelves, while eye-catching enough to make people look twice.
All back issues are now on their website: see here for the link.
What am I bid? Perfectly good electronic till, with instructions and spare till rolls. Please make me an offer – I think they’re going on Gumtree for £50-£70.
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Saturday 18th February 2pm-3.30pm at The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon
From Workhouse to Mill: The skeletal evidence for pauper apprentices from North Yorkshire
Dr. Becky Gowland, Senior Lecturer Bioarchaeology, Durham University Talk + Workshop
Human skeletal remains provide a wealth of evidence about the lives of past people. Information about age-at-death, diet, place of origin, disease and occupation can all be gleaned. This talk will provide an overview of a recent study of skeletal remains excavated from Fewston, North Yorkshire, with a particular focus on the children. It will reveal the hardships faced by these youngest members of society during the industrialisation of the 18th and 19th century.
Saturday 25th February 2pm-3.30pm at The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon
Bodies of Evidence
Professor Tim Thompson, Professor in Forensic Anthropology, Teesside University Talk + Workshop
Forensic and crime scene scientists work in lots of different places and investigate lots of different types of crimes. But one think they all do is look at the human body. Understanding and solving crimes very often depends of finding and studying parts of the body – from tiny fragments of skin cells to whole bodies. This talk will look at the different ways the body can be studied and what it can tell us about people and how they lived their lives.
Dr Sarah Semple, Durham University – Anglo-Saxon Archaeology specialist talk + workshop on Development of Moot Courts at the Courthouse Museum, Ripon
There used to be a ‘volunteer of the year’ award, someone picked out of the Claremont regulars for efforts beyond the call of duty. I don’t honestly think we could do it now – it would be invidious to make a choice. There are so many members giving freely of their time, energy and expertise, week in and week out. This is especially true now that we’re clearing our HQ of almost 50 years, and preparing for life after Claremont.
Yesterday there were at least 10 volunteers in, sorting out our computer hardware, planning what to do with various collections, images and books, and packing all sorts of things for the move. Ten boxes of stuff were taken to charity shops. And meanwhile work proceeded on a big Dales project for 2018. Watch this space. There’s no doubt we will have a brilliant programme of activities after we’ve (as grandma would have said) flitted.
And what was I doing? Think headless chicken.
Newcomen Society South Yorkshire writes:
Kenneth Barraclough Memorial Lecture – Tuesday 21st February 2017, 5:30 pm Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, Sheffield
We would be pleased if you could join us for this years annual Kenneth Barraclough Memorial Lecture which is being held jointly with the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association and the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society, when Professor Robert Mair of Cambridge University will speak on The Brunels’ Thames Tunnel – a Great Legacy to Modern Tunnelling.
In 1825 Marc Brunel began driving the Thames Tunnel at Rotherhithe using the first moveable shield for tunnelling in soft ground. By following up the excavation with a continuous brick lining Brunel combined the two key components of modern soft ground tunnelling that would subsequently underpin the construction of much of the London Underground and tunnels around the world. Robert Mair will discuss the development of soft ground tunnelling techniques and examine the crucial importance of ground investigations in the selection of the most appropriate shield types. He will also outline modern soft ground tunnelling in the context of the Crossrail project that involves the construction of 31 km of twin bore railway tunnels under the historic and commercial centre of London.
Please note this meeting is being held at the Royal Victoria Hotel at the earlier time of 5:30.
This talk, which is a non-ticket event, is open to all and there is some on site car parking providing you register your car at reception.
The talk will be followed by the SMEA Annual dinner and if you wish to attend that separate booking though Dr Ken Ridal of SMEA (0114 230 5650 or firstname.lastname@example.org) is essential.
The next Newcomen meeting is on the Monday 13th March 2017 at Kelham Island when Professor David Perrett will speak on Henry Ford’s Holiday – Collecting British Steam Engines in 1928.
Please note that Prof. Sarah Rees Jones, who was to stand in tomorrow, has had to cancel as she is ill.
Just a reminder to members who’ve not yet paid their 2017 subscriptions – these were due in January and we don’t routinely send out reminders. Please send payment to the membership secretary, via Claremont (still – new address to be announced soon. We’ll be having mail redirected.)
There’s a change of speaker on Saturday: Professor Sarah Rees Jones, of the Dept of Medieval Studies at the University of York, a co-author of the York Historic Town Atlas, replaces Dr Peter Addyman, who is unavoidably detained in the USA. The topic is the same – the York Historic Towns Atlas.
Sarah is a distinguished medieval historian whose recently-published book on medieval York has been very well received.
At Swarthmore, 2 p.m. Saturday 11 February.
Please note that Claremont’s closed on Monday 13 Feb. Open as normal Wednesday and Friday.
If you have sturdy cardboard boxes you can donate, we’d be very grateful. Please drop them during opening hours.