This page lists publications which may be of interest to members of the Society. If you would like to post information here, contact Hugh Bray. Please note that the Society cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of third-party information and that it reserves the right to edit or reject notices as seems appropriate.

Hillforts in the North West and Beyond

Edited by Tom Saunders. Council for British Archaeology North West 2014. Pbk 113 pages. (Archaeology North West 3). ISSN 09624201. £10.00 + £2.00 p&p.

This volume focuses upon some the current research on the hillforts in the North West and beyond. It summarises archaeological work in central Cheshire, at Burton Point, Fin Cop, around Morecambe Bay and at Mellor. There is also a guide around one of the largest of the sites, Eddisbury, as well as a review of recent prehistoric metalwork found in Cumbria.

Available from Dr M Nevell, Chair, Council for British Archaeology North West/Head of Archaeology, Centre for Applied Archaeology, College of Science and Technology, LG19 Peel Building, University of Salford, Salford M5 4NW. Cheques payable to Council for British Archaeology North West Regional Group.

In Search of Vikings: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Scandinavian Heritage of North-West England

By Stephen E Harding, David Griffiths, Elizabeth Royles. Pbk. 204 pages – 12 colour & 80 B/W illustrations. CRC Press 2014. ISBN 9781482207576. £31.39.

In Search of Vikings presents a collection of papers from experts in a broad range of disciplines, including history, archaeology, genetics, and linguistics, to provide a detailed understanding of the Vikings in peace and in war. This book focuses on one particularly exciting area of the Viking world, namely the north-west region of England, where they are known to have settled in large numbers. North-west England was the crossroads between Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It was a battleground for distant powers and dynasties, and its Irish Sea coastline created opportunities for trading and settlement. Silver hoards, burials, and Old Norse place-names attest to the Viking presence, and Scandinavian DNA is detectable amongst the modern population. The 12 integrated studies in this book are designed to reinvigorate the search for Vikings in this crucial region and to provide must-reading for anyone interested in Viking history.
To order online see http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781482207576

Chester in the Great War

By Susan Chambers. Pbk. 160 pages. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books 2015. ISBN 9781783463534. £12.99 plus £4.00 p&p.

This book tells the story of the city and its people throughout the long years of the First World War, from the carefree days of Spring 1914, to the solemn tones of the first Remembrance Day in November 1919. At the outbreak of war, Chester was transformed from a county market town with pleasant shops and day-trippers to a bustling, frantically busy military centre. As its men departed, the city settled down to the hard work of dealing with their absence in so many vital jobs a challenge eventually tackled by many of the city’s women.

Although it soon became clear that many men would never return, life in the city went on and everyone played their part; the cinemas and theatres stayed open, as did the pubs (though with reduced hours). Concerts kept the public entertained and raised vital funds, while news films kept people up-to-date with the latest from the Front.

As well as life on the Home Front, the book also looks at the men of the various sections of the Cheshire Regiment, including the 1st Battalion, who played a vital role in the Battle of Mons.

Illustrated with over eighty period photographs, this book will appeal to military and social historians alike.

Available from the publishers at www.pen-and-sword.co.uk or call 01226 734222.