Forthcoming Events

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017

    Celebrating the Breaking New Ground Project Conference

    10:00 am - 4:00 pmThe Carnegie Room, Cage Lane, Thetford, IP24 2EA

    Since 2014, the HLF-supported Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme has delivered a wide range of projects focussing on the rich natural and historic environment of the Norfolk and Suffolk Brecks. As the project draws to a close, a one-day conference is being held to celebrate the results of the numerous conservation projects which have been undertaken as part of the scheme. The day will also look at how best to carry forward the momentum built up during the project.

    The conference is free, a buffet lunch is provided, and tea and coffee will be served throughout the day.

    Tickets can be booked via the conference Eventbrite page.

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    A Portrait of the Artist: J.M.W. Turner in East Anglia

    2:30 pmBlackbourne Hall, Elmswell, Suffolk, IP30 9UH

    This lecture for the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History examines a series of watercolours Joseph Mallord William Turner made of sites along the East Anglian coast in the 1820s, including views of Orford, Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Happisburgh. As well as being beautiful paintings in their own right, these images can tell us a great deal about the changing landscape and historic buildings which were (and in many cases still are) to be found along this outstanding stretch of coast.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Raising the Dead: The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon Death and Burial

    10:00 am - 4:00 pmSutton Hoo

    Burials constitute a large part of the archaeological record from Anglo-Saxon England, and this dayschool for Wuffing Education uses the rich East Anglian burial record to explore the range of burial rites practised by the Anglo-Saxons. Subjects to be covered include the human skeleton, cremation, inhumation, the use of grave-goods and the impact of Christianity. The day will be illustrated with examples drawn from recent and unpublished excavations, as well as some classic sites.

  • Tue
    24
    Apr
    2018

    Reading the Historic Landscape

    10:00 am - 4:00 pmHaughley Park Barn, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 3JY

    This dayschool for the Suffolk Preservation Society examines the topography, settlement patterns, field systems and historic buildings which give Suffolk its distinctive historic landscape character, and explains the methods and techniques which can be used to ‘read’ the history of the landscape around us. The historic environment plays a critical role in the planning process, and the day also focusses on how the impact of development on the historic environment is managed and mitigated, and provides advice on making effective applications and representations.

  • Tue
    08
    May
    2018

    Excavation and Experiment: 50 Years of West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

    2:30 pmAncient House Museum of Thetford Life, White Hart Street, Thetford, IP24 1AA

    The year 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the archaeological excavations at West Stow which revealed the remains of an extensive Early Anglo-Saxon settlement in Suffolk's Lark valley. This lecture for the Friends of Thetford Museum examines the results of the original excavations and assesses the conclusions of the experiment so far.

  • Tue
    15
    May
    2018

    Thoughts and Crosses: New Research into the Anglo-Saxon Church in East Anglia

    6:30 pmLecture Theatre 1, University of East Anglia

    The conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity was one of the most significant cultural changes in our nation’s history and it has shaped our physical and social landscape for the last 1400 years. We have recently seen a number of significant steps forward in our understanding of the origins and development of the early Church in East Anglia and this lecture presents the latest thoughts on the artefacts, sites and documents which shed light on this formative period. Subjects to be covered include the early use of Christian iconography, the high-precision dating of Anglo-Saxon burials, and the recently published Middle Saxon sites at Brandon, Sedgeford and Barber’s Point, as well as the spectacular new discovery of Middle Saxon timber coffins and a possible chapel at Great Ryburgh.

  • Wed
    16
    May
    2018

    The Archaeology of the Cold War

    10:30 amBeccles U3A

    Details TBC.

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Raising the Dead: The Anglo-Saxon Archaeology of Norfolk

    10:30 amNorth Norfolk U3A

    Details TBC.

  • Wed
    04
    Jul
    2018

    Changing Beliefs: The Archaeology of the East Anglian Conversion

    10:15 am‘Jubilee Youth Club’ Back Lane/Steeple Tower, Hethersett, NR9 3JJ

    This lecture for the The Probus Club of Hethersett, Wymondham and District examines the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity, one of the most significant cultural changes in our nation’s history and it changed the Anglo-Saxon landscape forever. This lecture uses documentary sources and artefacts, cemeteries, settlements and early churches from the region’s rich archaeological record to present an overview of the adoption of Christianity in seventh-century East Anglia.

  • Wed
    17
    Oct
    2018

    Work, Rest and Pray: The Archaeology of Medieval Monasteries

    1:30 pmSt John's Lecture Hall, George Lane, Loddon

    Monasteries were one of the most important and influential features of the medieval landscape. This lecture for the Loddon and District Local History Group examines East Anglia’s Anglo-Saxon and medieval monasteries, with a particular focus on the landscape setting of monasteries, the development of the monastic cloister and precinct, and the management of monastic estates.