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.

Here are the provisional details of the trips for 2020. Two of them are mid-week as these were the only dates which suited the organisers:

  • Wednesday 13th May, at 2 pm: Guided tour Newcastle Guildhall. Sorry, this trip has had to be postponed due to Guildhall building works. We are hoping to reschedule it for the Autumn.
  • Wednesday 17th June at 2 pm: Talk & guided tour Blyth Battery
  • Saturday 18th July, full day: Mellerstain House and Kelso https://www.mellerstain.com/  

Please note that the booking forms will be made available to members with the Spring newsletter. To be fair to everyone the committee has agreed there will be no advance bookings. Please wait for the booking forms to arrive. Members receiving the Newsletter by email will receive downloadable links for the booking forms that they can print out. Please note, however, that the forms have to be submitted by post (i.e. not by email).

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

2020 Talks

Cancelled: 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)

Cancelled: 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

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

The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong calls up the lost voice of a fourteen-year-old Northumbrian girl who, between January and May 1673, made some of the most dramatic accusations in the history of English witchcraft and then disappeared, leaving behind the mystery of what drove her to insist, in the face of rejection after rejection, on telling so strange a story—ultimately at the cost of her own life. Professor Green’s novel is the result of exhaustive archive research.

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