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thisisleicestershire website (Leicester Mercury).
With help from Leicester City Council, the Society was able to place a new seat in Welford Road Cemetery, carrying a memorial plaque dedicated to the memory of the late Denys Edwards, former Warden of Vaughan College, and his wife Gwendolen. A report of this event appears in the Autumn 2002 edition of New Frontiers, the newsletter of the Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning. The same page also carries a profile of our Secretary, Gerry Stacey. Link > New Frontiers (Autumn 2002) (see page 3).
However we have heard that renovation of
the cemetery, including the establishment of a new visitors' centre, may
mean that the Valentine memorial seat will be moved to a new site in the
burial ground. Welford
Road Cemetery is one of six Parks and Gardens
of special historic interest within the City of Leicester contained in a
register compiled and maintained by English Heritage. These are parks and
gardens which by reason of their historic layout, features and
architectural ornaments are of special interest and an essential part of
the nation's heritage. Entries are graded I, II* (II star), or II. The
six entries which relate to sites in the city, are all Grade II.
He wrote the chapter on Leicester and the County since the great Reform Act in the volume published to mark the meeting of the British Association in Leicester during 1972 [N. Pye (ed.), Leicester and its Region (Leicester, 1972).] . His interest in Victorian Leicester centred on the influential Non-Conformist Biggs family. He published articles in the Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological & Historical Society about the Biggs family and Non-Conformism in Leicestershire, especially the Quakers and their founder, George Fox (1624-1691). He also collaborated with a President of this Society, the late Bernard Elliott, on an article on French Catholic clergy living in exile in Leicestershire during the French Revolution.
A memorial tribute to Rupert Evans will be hosted by the University of Leicester at the Gilbert Murray Conference Centre, Manor Road, Oadby, at 2.00p.m. on Saturday, 26 February 2005.
[from the Newsletter of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, No. 71 (Spring 2005). p.11.]
On the Resources page, we have 3 new links to Archives, Libraries and Museums (the Leicestershire & Rutland Museums Forum, the Royal Historical Society Bibliography and the Charles Booth Centre for the Study of Social Investigation) with another 4 on Local Studies and Transport, dealing with: "Wartime Leicestershire"; the Charles Booth Online Archive, covering late Victorian London; the archaeological project in the Foulness Valley, East Yorks.; and the history of the Ashby-Nuneaton Railway. The links to the Canal Archive and the Aviation Archive websites have been corrected, as have links to the listings of Leicester University seminars in history and archaeology. Transcripts of the free lectures presented by Gresham College, London, are now available from the Resources page. Links to publications now include: C.B.A. fact sheets; Old Maps originally produced by the Ordnance Survey, a local history bibliography drawn up for the Victoria County History of Oxfordshire. The second volume of the Victoria County History of Leicestershire is still in print but it is also available online through the Resources page.
One of the most valuable and historically important pre-Roman hoards has been found in Leicestershire. The finds were made by archaeological field walkers in East Leicestershire and are featured in the pages of the British Museum's Compass website. They appear as "a prehistoric coin hoard", dated to the "Iron Age, early 1st century AD", and claimed to be "Britain's biggest hoard of prehistoric coins". The hoard is part of the exhibition Buried treasure: Finding our past, which was on display at the British Museum until 14 March 2004. The exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum, the National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service, the Manchester Museum and Tyne & Wear Museums. It is now on tour, visiting each of the partners from 2004 onwards. The exhibition is currently on show at the Hancock Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, until 26 June 2005. (Buried treasure: Finding our past is sponsored by Anglo American plc.) [See also above - Society News - Winter Season 2004/05 (November 26).]
The County Archaeology section is returning to County Hall, Glenfield, from Thurmaston during mid-October 2004. They are moving to: Room 500, Rutland Building, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester (new telephone numbers to be confirmed). The museums and community archaeology team will be run by Peter Liddle, while Richard Clark will be responsible for planning reviews and the Sites And Monuments Record.
[from The Fieldworker, the newsletter of the Leicestershire Museums Archaeological Fieldwork Group, No. 189 (September 2004)]
The University of Oxford is offering an Advanced Diploma course in Local History. Teaching material is supplied over the Internet with the support of a tutor. The closing date for applications to the Depart of Continuing Education is 15 July 2005 and the course starts with a non-assessed preparatory unit on 5 September 2005. The brochure says that, "The course is very popular and placed are limited. To avoid disappointment early application is advised".
The course is a one-year distance learning programme divided into two modules of 10 Units each. Work is assessed through course assignments. There is no written examination. Successful students will qualify for an Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History. This is worth 60 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme CATS points at Level 3. The Advanced Diploma is recognised by the Open University. Fee: £790 payable in instalments for EU students; £2,300 for all non-EU students.
Link> Course details - (Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford)
firstname.lastname@example.org. City centre map showing venue, car parks and Park 'n' Ride details, will be sent with tickets.
Fee: £10.00 per ticket. Hot lunch and tour of St Mary's Guildhall included in price.
Link > St Mary's Guildhall, Coventry (Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry)Day School - School of Education One Day Conference - School of Education One Day Conference - School of Education
No prior enrolment - admission £2.00 per session attended.School of English Studies, Univ. of Nottingham Day School - School of Education
Friday 27 May, 2005. The 2005 Jarrow Lecture is: "Bede and Augustine of Hippo" to be delivered by Dr Alan Thacker, in St Paul's Church, Jarrow at 7.30pm.
The Lecture is published by the PCC. A list of titles, cost and other details re the Lecture may be obtained from the Lecture Secretary, Mrs B McAllister, 28 Kitchener Terrace, Jarrow, NE32 5PU.
A conference to be held at the University of Leicester, 7-10 July, 2005
W.G. Hoskins’ book, The Making of the English Landscape, was published in 1955, and this conference marks the fiftieth anniversary of that event. This conference is designed to honour Hoskins by celebrating the achievements of the discipline of landscape history which he inspired. The conference includes themes of enduring importance which he included in his book (such as rural settlements, towns and buildings), and adds others which have emerged subsequently (for example perceptions, ritual and spiritual dimensions, and scientific analysis of the environment). Proper attention will be given to the twentieth century, and the period before 500AD, which he did not regard as very significant. The scope of the conference will include Britain, and comparison will be made with the continent.
The conference takes Hoskins’ contribution as a starting point, but is not intended mainly to praise nor to criticise his work. Its focus is on recent developments and the future outlook in a dynamic interdisciplinary subject. Participants will include both established and younger scholars. It is to be held at Leicester, where Hoskins taught in three episodes of his life.
The conference is sponsored by the Historical Geography Research Group, the Royal Historical Society and the Society for Landscape Studies.
Link > CELH - Events Full details including programme and booking form (Centre for English Local History)
Link > Advance Notice and Call for Papers Adobe Acrobat format [.pdf] (School of Archaeology and Ancient History)
The 23rd Brixworth Lecture will take place in All Saints' Church, Brixworth, Northamptonsshire, at 5.00pm on 29 October 2005. The guest speaker will be Dr Susan Rankin. Further details to follow.
[from the Friends of All Saints' Church (Brixworth) website.]
The dates for National Archaeology Days for 2005 have been set. Events will be held across the UK on the weekend of 16-17 July 2005. For further information contact Jan Cox, Marketing Officer, Council for British Archaeology, Bowes Morell House, 111 Walmgate, York YO1 9WA. Tel: (01904) 671417, e-mail: email@example.com
Next year's event will take place from 8-11 September 2005.
Heritage Open Days celebrates England's architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Heritage Open Days also includes tours, events and activities that focus on local architecture and culture. In 2004 Heritage Open Days ran from 10-13 September, with places all over England taking part.
The Civic Trust co-ordinates this annual cultural highlight in partnership with English Heritage who secures the scheme's funding. Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England's contribution to European Heritage Days, in which 48 countries now participate.
The organisers have to decided to add Thursday and drop the rather anti-climatic Monday. They hope that this change will encourage more schools to use the weekday for class outings. The confirmed dates for 2005 are Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September.
[from the Heritage Open Days website and Heritage Open Days Newsletter (Autumn 2004)]
Link > Heritage Open Days
[from The Fieldworker, the newsletter of the Leicestershire Museums Archaeological Fieldwork Group, No. 189 (September 2004) & 191 (December 2004)]
Tuesday 15 March 2005. 7.30pm, Committee Room, Ticknall Village Hall, Ingleby Lane, Ticknall, Derbs. Dr John Wilson of Cogges Manor Farm Museum will give a talk to The New Dishley Society on "A Shepherd's Life" - a return visit by last year's popular speaker. (Ticknall lies on the A514 which runs between Swadlincote and Derby. There is a sign to the Village Hall where Ingleby Lane turns off Main Street (A514), opposite The Wheel restaurant.) Fee: £2 each; friends welcome.
The New Dishley Society has been raising funds to restore the two Bakewell paintings at Brooksby Hall - they are currently undergoing restoration.
Lectures take place in the Small Hall of the Leicester Adult Education College, Wellington Street, Leicester at 7.30pm.
Spring Events 2005.
Contact: Mrs Eileen Chambers, 28 Rectory Lane, Thurcaston, Leicester LE7 7JQ. Tel: (0116) 292 5824.
Events and Exhibitions
Castle Tours. The Great Hall of Leicester Castle
Opportunities to go into the Great Hall of Leicester Castle, not normally open to the public. Tickets: £3.50 (concessions: £3.00). Tickets available from the Tourist Information Office, telephone (0116) 299 4444. Pre-booking guarantees a place. Meet outside the Great Hall in Castle Yard
Events and Exhibitions
Donington-le-Heath Manor House
Could you join the 163 volunteers in 117 parishes who are helping to record, celebrate and conserve our local heritage?
Heritage Wardens work with Parish Councils to help protect and monitor the local environment and heritage, ensuring that important sites are recorded and protected.
The scheme is run through Heritage Watch, which is co-ordinated by the County Council and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Wardens receive guidance, training and quarterly newsletters.
Projects they undertake include surveys of hedgerows, wildlife, local habitats and archaeology. Local history leaflets have been produced and local folklore and customs have been recorded.
More wardens are needed throughout the county, but particularly in the Market Harborough and Melton Mowbray areas.
To find out more about being a Heritage Warden write to: Leicestershire Environmental Resources Centre, 216 Birstall Road, Birstall, LEICESTER, LE4 4DG; telephone 0116 267 1377 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
[From Leicestershire Matters The Newsletter of Leicestershire County Council (Autumn/Winter 2002)]
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