Talks & Events

Talks & Events

Talks

The HLHS runs a monthly series of 8 evening talks each year on a variety of topics. Invited speakers give a talk in Hexham on a topic of historical interest.

Talks take place on the second Tuesday of each month (excluding June, July and August), at 7:30pm, in the hall at Trinity Methodist Church, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (scroll down to Google map). Tea and coffee are available afterwards.

Non-members are welcome to attend for a £2 charge, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

The details for the 2020 talks appear below.

If you would like to see the range of fascinating talks that have been given in prior years, please click here.

Events

In the summer months of May, June and July, HLHS organises trips to places of historical interest in the North East of England and in the Scottish Borders.

Members of the Society have priority when booking places on a trip, although non-members are welcomed if space permits.

The trips for 2020 will appear here in the New Year.

Reports of trips from past years (including the above) are available by clicking here.

2020 Talks

14 January 2020 Reservoir Digs: a later Mesolithic site at Cows Green Dr Rob Young

Dr Rob Young will describe the excavations which took place near Cows Green reservoir in County Durham. His interpretation of the findings widens our knowledge of people and their lives in Upper Teesdale during the late Mesolithic era.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

11 February 2020 The Print Trade in 18th Century Newcastle Dr Barbara Crosbie

Newcastle upon Tyne emerged as one of the most important printing centres in England during the 18th century. Ranging from shop receipts and advertising flyers, to children’s books, political ballads, local histories, and several rival newspapers, these texts open a fascinating window on the past.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

10 March 2020 The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong  Prof. Michael Green

Dr Roisín Higgins has made a study of letters sent during the First World War to Mrs Mary Pennyman of Ormesby Hall, who was Secretary of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers’ Widows and Orphans Fund. Widows and mothers of the men who died at the front wrote to her of their grief, resolve and worries about the future. Dr Higgins returns to tell us what has been discovered about the women who wrote the letters.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

14 April 2020 William Newton, Tyneside Architect Dr Richard Pears

William Newton (1730–1798) was an architect who worked mainly in Newcastle and Northumberland. Most of his buildings are stately homes in rural Northumberland, but he also created some interesting public works in Newcastle: The Assembly Rooms, St Anne’s Church, the refaced Guildhall, and elegant private housing in Charlotte Square.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

12 May 2020 The Sourcing and Dispersal of Hadrian’s Wall  Dr Rob Collins

Tom Corfe Memorial Lecture

If Hadrian’s Wall was such an important strategic barrier, where did it come from? And where has the rest of it gone? Dr Rob Collins addresses these questions through the work of the Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (WallCAP).

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

8 September 2020 Recent Excavations at Roman Corbridge Paul Frodsham

Paul Frodsham will satisfy the curiosity aroused by the excavations carried out in 2019 near Corbridge as part of Newcastle University Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (WallCAP), and give an update on any further work carried out there.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

13 October 2020 The Criminal Corpse in Pieces Dr Shane McCorristine

A condemned criminal’s story did not end with execution: Dr Shane McCorristine examines what he has described as ‘the dark value of criminal bodies’.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

10 November 2020 The First Kingdom (& HLHS AGM)  Max Adams

In his latest book about the Dark Ages, The First Kingdom, Max Adams takes on the most enigmatic and fascinating period of British history, between the end of Rome and the arrival of Christianity in the North. Max offers us a people’s history, painting a vivid picture of communities surviving the fall of Rome, fashioning a new sort of society whose traces can be read in the settlements, fields, names and boundaries that survive for archaeologists to study.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

Talks You’ve Missed in 2020

Watch this space …