Friary ruins at Thetford Grammar School
Castle Rising Church
Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum, East Dereham
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NNAS News

Members

It is with very great regret and deep sadness that we have to announce the death on 25 January of our past president and VP, Miss Barbara Green BSc FMA FSA, former Keeper of Archaeology at Norwich Castle Museum. A full obituary will follow in a future Norfolk Archaeology.

We have also been informed that long-term member, Ron Fiske, died on 2nd March. A service celebrating Ron’s life is being held at: St. Nicholas’ Parish Church, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9BT on Tuesday, April 10th, at 12.30pm (enquiries to Murrell Cork, 01692 402059).

Newsletter

If you have anything to contribute to the newsletter - reports on fieldwork, adverts for lectures, society news, etc. - please send it to the newsletter editor by the end of March 2018 for inclusion in the Spring issue or the end of August for inclusion in the Autumn issue.

December lecture

The December lecture on Great Ryburgh was so popular that it was standing room only! Luckily for those who missed out, we've uploaded a video to YouTube, which you can access here.

2017 Excursion to Inverness

Some of Derek Leak's pictures taken during this event are now available to view online at our Facebook page. Click here to view them - you should be able to see this page even if you are not a Facebook member.

Next Summer

Council would welcome your suggestions for next year’s summer excursions – where would you like to visit that is normally closed to the public or otherwise ‘out of bounds’? Would you like the society to run day schools or other meetings in the summer? Send your ideas to our new Excursions Secretary, Margaret Gooch (excursions@nnas.info).

2018 4-day Excursion

We are planning a visit to Nottingham for the four days, Friday, September 21st to 24th. Most of the trip will be organised by Dr Will Bowden of Nottingham University. He is the mastermind behind all the recent work at Caistor St Edmunds and has been a member of the Society's Council. We cannot yet provide you with a programme except to say that on the Monday we are to visit Cresswell Crags and Bolsover Castle. A preliminary booking form is now available (see menu to right).

News from other groups

Links are to external websites or downloads

Hidden Heritage of the Gaywood River

WNKLAS, in partnership with Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and NCC Libraries, is running a series of free community archaeology outreach events this summer (2nd May to 19th September), including Heritage Skills Roadshows, Mini 'Time Team' excavations and artefact day schools. A flyer is available here.

Friends of All Saints Church, Hemblington

There will be a talk on Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England by Dr Tim Pestell, Senior Curator of Archaeology for Norfolk Museums Service on the evening of Thursday 12th April (7pm start) at All Saints Church, Church Lane, Hemblington near Blofield, NR13 4EF. All very welcome, no charge, though donations for refreshments will be appreciated. The talk will be followed by a short AGM of The Friends of All Saints. More details on the flyer here.

There will be a personalised tour of St Fabian and St Sebastian church, Woodbastwick, and St Helen's church, Ranworth, by the incumbent, Revd Canon Nick Garrard, on the afternoon of Sunday 24th June. Rev Garrard's in-depth knowledge of art history and the rood screens and antiphoner there will guarantee this a very special tour. Afternoon tea will then be at All Saints Church, Hemblington, where the unique wall painting of St Christopher can be admired. Tour cost = 12.50. Further details on the flyer here.

Breckland Society

Volume 1 of the Journal of Breckland Studies was published in 2017 and is freely available online here. Volume 2 will be published in June 2018. A pdf flyer with more details can be downloaded here.

Trailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge, Thetford Forest

There are various activities relating to this HLF funded project to make a new trail into the forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management. Several archaeology days are planned - see the website for more details, here, or on their facebook page @highlodgethetford.

New Book

Archaeopress is an independent publisher from Oxford and we would like to bring to your attention our forthcoming title A Life in Norfolk's Archaeology: 1950–2016. Archaeology in an arable landscape by Peter Wade-Martins. This initial hardback edition, part of our 'Archaeological Lives' series, is limited to 100 copies (future reprints will be in paperback) and designed with the local community in mind. A pdf leaflet about the book, with an order form offering a 20% discount, is available here.

Events this Autumn/Winter

Winter lecture series

Most local societies have now published their lecture programmes. For details, visit the Federation of Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Organisations website.

CBA's Home Front Legacy Project

The Home Front Legacy project helps local communities find out about, and map, the remains of the First World War, and raise awareness of the wide range of archaeology that survives across the UK. To find out more please take a look at the Home Front Legacy website where you will find out all about the recording app, be able to search the sites that have been recorded so far, access useful resources, and discover all the latest news and research via our blog. When you do get involved, please share your pictures and news about what you have been doing on our social media sites.