Lecture 5th February: Dee House Feasibility Study

This lecture by Tony Barton, Donald Insall Associates, will be held on 5th February at 7:30pm at the Grosvenor Museum
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University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference

Entitled “The Public Archaeology of Treasure”, this 5th University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference will be held on Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February at the Grosvenor Museum. Free and Open to all.
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A vision for the future of Chester’s Dee House

A vision for the future of Chester’s Dee House will be presented to residents at a series of public drop in sessions next month.
The Dee House and Amphitheatre Working Group is inviting the public to the events on 6 February, 6-8pm, at Storyhouse, in Chester, and 12 February, 1-5pm, at the Palatine Room in Chester Town Hall.
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Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum

The eleventh Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum will be held in Hexham on Saturday 29th February
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Lecture 11th January: Dorstone Hill: A Neolithic Landscape in Herefordshire

This lecture by Professor Julian Thomas, University of Manchester, will be held on 11th January at 2:30pm at the Grosvenor Museum
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University of Liverpool course – Introduction to Archaeological Drawing

This course will begin on 6th February and meet for 10 weeks every Thursday afternoon. It would be ideal for anyone interested in seriously developing this useful and vital skill, and will give you the opportunity to practice with objects from the University’s collection of ancient artefacts.
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Digital version of Journal 89 is now available

CAS members can now download a digital version of Journal vol 89 for 2019 from the Members’ Area of our website.
If you do not have a password to access this page, please e-mail webmaster@chesterarchaeolsoc.org.uk

Lecture 7th December: London’s Waterfront 1200 – 1666: archaeology and history

This lecture by Dr John Schofield (formerly Museum of London) will be held on 7th December at 2:30pm at the Grosvenor Museum. This presentation will summarise the main findings for the period 1100–1666 from four excavations of 1974–84.
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The Neston Collieries, 1759–1855: An Industrial Revolution in Rural Cheshire

By Anthony Annakin-Smith. University of Chester. £19.99. Available from the publisher
www.chester.ac.uk/university-press and the usual booksellers from 29 November 2019

The early Neston collieries operated for almost 100 years and were notable in many ways, for example for the devastating acts of sabotage committed by one mine owner on the neighbouring works, for the use of canals for hauling coal deep under the Dee Estuary, and for introducing the earliest steam engine in west Cheshire. There are also links to famous names such as George Stephenson and Nelson’s future mistress, Emma, Lady Hamilton.

The extensively illustrated book gives a comprehensive review of every aspect of the early Neston collieries – not just how the mines operated but also, for example, the social background of the colliers including their health, children, education and living conditions; the operation of the land and sea trades which saw Neston’s coal shipped as far as the Americas; and the network of links to Chester, Wales, Lancashire and beyond which enabled the mines to survive. Comprehensive research into the life of every known Neston collier means that there is a wealth of information on the often pitiful lives of the men and children who worked at the mines. Events are placed in the context of the profound changes which were affecting Britain during the Industrial Revolution.

The book will appeal to those with an interest in industrial, social or local history as well as to family historians.