The Architectural and Archaeological Society of
Durham and Northumberland
Adrian Green |
Adrian is a Lecturer in History at Durham University. He first came to Durham in 1995 to study for an MA in Archaeology, and his PhD at Durham University was jointly in History and
Archaeology on ‘Houses and Households in Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne, c.1570-1730.’ Adrian’s interest in Durham’s history, archaeology and architecture now ranges across the fifteenth
to nineteenth centuries, with a particular interest in the housing of the region – from pitmen’s cottages to bishop’s palaces. He provided an introduction to the Durham Hearth Tax
(British Record Society, 2006), and is now editing a volume in the same series on Northumberland and Newcastle upon Tyne. Adrian is also Secretary of the Durham Heritage Centre and Museum.
Andrew Millard |
Andrew is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Durham University. He graduated in Chemistry from Oxford University, but as a post-graduate combined his scientific interest with his
interest in the past. His research includes the chemistry of bones and teeth applied to archaeological problems,
and statistics applied to archaeology. He is interested in all periods, having worked on material from half a million years ago to the 19th century.
Prior to coming to Durham in 1995 he was for several years on the committee of the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society and was its secretary for two years. .
Sheila Hingley |
Sheila was Head of Heritage Collections within Durham University from 2002 until she retired in December 2014, managing Archives and Special
Collections and the University museums. During this time the reading room and strongrooms at Palace Green Library were renovated and exhibition
galleries, a learning centre and café were created in the space left empty by the move of Music and Law libraries to the Mountjoy site.
Before coming to Durham she was Canterbury Cathedral Librarian for 12 years, being involved in the restoration of the medieval and 17th century
library buildings there. Since retirement she has returned to working on early printed book collections at Ushaw College, Durham Cathedral and
the Bar Convent. Her research interests are the history of library buildings and the ownership and use of manuscript and printed books in the early
modern period. Most recently she has concentrated on tracing the printed books in the Durham Priory library up to 1540.
David Mason |
Past President, Editorial Contact
David is currently Principal Archaeologist in the Archaeology Section, Durham County Council. He previously worked in an archaeological consultancy in the private sector and before that
for many years in the Archaeology Service of Chester City Council. He was general secretary of Chester Archaeological Society for over ten years and director of its
fieldwork research projects. His special interests/expertise are: Roman military archaeology; Roman engineering and architecture; the Flavian emperors, and also early
medieval archaeology in Wales and northern England. He has authored numerous excavation reports and journal articles, was co-editor of Research Framework for Hadrian's Wall,
and three books for Tempus Publishing.
Jo Shoebridge |
Jo’s interest in archaeology developed following a trip to Egypt over 20 years ago. This led to the decision to become a mature student in her
hometown of Bradford, then following the completion of an Undergraduate degree in archaeology there she came to Durham (just for a year....)
and completed her MA in archaeology. She is now in the final stages of her PhD. Jo has taken part in excavations in South and Southeast Asia
and Eastern Europe, and also sites much closer to home such as Vindolanda and with a commercial unit in Yorkshire.
Jo has lived in Durham since 2008 and teaches archaeology for an Adult Education Provider, she also works in Visitor Services in Durham.
As a self-employed accountant with two archaeology degrees and (slowly) ongoing PhD research into the archaeology of the English medieval Jewellry, the position of treasurer
for the AASDN was probably inevitable. Simon comes from Consett, most famous for its iron and steel works and he lives beside Beamish Museum, so he also has a passing interest
in the region's industrial heritage.
Janet McDougall |
Honorary Membership Secretary
I have been interested in archaeology from a very early age. When I arrived home from school at the age of 8 and declared that when I grew up
I wanted to be an archaeologist, my parents were horrified. It was not a suitable career for a working class girl.
So it was after a career in nursing that I finally, at the age of 48, followed my dream and studied for a degree in Archaeology
and History at Durham University, graduating in 1994. I had obviously left it a bit late to make much of a career but my interest has been
satisfied with occasional voluntary work in this field.
For the last 9 years I have been involved, in various voluntary roles, with Beamish museum. Until May 2010 I held the position of Director
of Administration and Membership on the board of the Friends of Beamish and also organised the Winter Lectures programme. As a museum volunteer
I have helped to catalogue some of the collections and acted as volunteer librarian. I also demonstrate needlecrafts in costume in the summer
Erik Matthews |
Erik has been actively involved in archaeology since the Sixth Form at Secondary School. His research interests cover the archaeology of the standing building,
specifically high status Medieval structures such as Castles and Manorial sites. He has been involved in the restoration of Hornby Castle near Bedale over the past four years and
has had two short papers published in relation to Hornby and work undertaken at Harlsey Castle near Northallerton in the Journal of the Castle Studies Group 2007.
He also has an interest in the archaeology of the Linen Textile Industry and unsuccessfully campaigned against the partial demolition of a linen weaving mill
in Brompton North Yorkshire in 2004.
Gary Bankhead MPhil(Dunelm) |
Gary is an amateur underwater archaeologist, small finds researcher and illustrator and a Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University.
Gary's main focus is researching small finds and coordinating the wider research of the Durham River Wear Assemblage (see also: www.diveintodurham.uk);
an important group of objects described as a major research facility,
probably the largest collection of late- and post-medieval finds in the North of England: a unique regional and national resource.
Gary also assists with an innovative community engagement initiative which sees the Durham City Freemen working with Durham
University Museums and the Department of Archaeology to provide a guide to the late-medieval craft-guilds in
Durham through the presence of their artefacts in the Durham River Wear Assemblage.
While Gary is the Museum of London Archaeology's (MOLA) external expert for late- and post-medieval lead cloth seals, he was also the 2013 joint
winner of the Finds Research Group for a research report on an un-paralleled late-medieval pectoral cross associated with the shrine of
St. Cuthbert (Finds Research Group/Geoff Egan Prize).
Karen Cooper |
Originally from Cambridge, I escaped North and have received a BSc in Geology, a Diploma in Local History and Archaeology and an MA in Archaeological Survey
all from Durham University.
Aside from 2 years in Oxfordshire, working for the Royal Mail, I’ve lived in Durham since 1984, and have spent nearly 25 years doing the Newcastle
commute to work in IT, latterly as a Business Analyst, for an International Airline.
Interest in Archaeology started young, being a member of “Young Rescue” in the 1970s, and a “Chronicle” TV series addict with my dad!
Apart from practical work on sites for the MA, I’ve been on several digs with Arch and Arch, from Sedgefield to Binchester, which have
been very satisfying.
When I can I like to travel to sites worldwide, and have been lucky enough to visit many in places such as Egypt, Peru, Greece and USA. I’m also keen on wildlife and travel to wildlife destinations too, so if I can combine the two, even better!
Jennifer Morrison |
Jenny is Tyne and Wear Archaeology Officer, based with Newcastle City Council. Her responsibilities include providing archaeological advice to the
five district planning authorities of Tyne and Wear and managing and enhancing the Tyne and Wear Historic Environment Record. She studied
archaeology at Newcastle and Durham Universities. Jenny has previously been the Secretary then President of Northumberland Archaeological Group,
Secretary of CBA North and Secretary of the Buildings Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne. She is presently also a
committee member for the North East Ancient Egypt Society.
Sitelines - Tyne and Wear's Historic Environment Record: www.twsitelines.info
Anna Bloor |
Conservation and Planning
Anna has a law degree from the London School of Economics then subsequently trained as a solicitor and then as a family mediator and supervisor.
Anna has lived in the North-East of England since 1995.
Anna inherited a love of history and architecture from her father who invariably carried the appropriate volume of Pevsner for whichever country he was visiting.
She has always been interested in archaeology.
Heidi Richards |
Committee Member 2017-20
Heidi is currently pursuing doctoral research in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. She is originally from North Carolina and
graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology (concentrating in Archaeology) and a minor
degree in Religion in 2011. She came to Durham University in September 2014 to earn her Master’s degree in the Department of Archaeology, which
was completed in October 2015. Since childhood, she has had a keen interest and fascination with English castles and archaeology.
This love for castles influenced her PhD research, which uses buildings archaeological perspectives to study influences from medieval romance
literature on late medieval English castles. She has had experience with various aspects of archaeology including excavation, post-excavation,
soil processing, building recording, and desk-based assessment. In her spare time, she enjoys cross-stitching, singing, dancing, and reading murder
Sue Wilson |
Committee Member 2017-20
I have been interested in history for as long as I can remember and was introduced to the concept of archaeology at grammar school, however, events conspired
against me and I couldn’t follow my dream for years. I have lived in and around Durham all my life and worked in the city so when an opportunity came up to do a
part time degree in archaeology at Durham University I jumped at the chance. I became a mature student at 55 years young: it’s never too late! I completed my BA in
2008 and an MA in 2010. Since then I have spent as much time as possible digging. I’m afraid my hobby is now an obsession and I am never happier than when in a
trench. I have been on many local excavations at Roman Binchester (every summer since 2009), Streethouse and Coxhoe to the South, and Vindolanda to the north.
More recently I have spent several weeks excavating the walled garden and Scotland Wing at Auckland Castle.
I also do post excavations work (pot and bone washing) helping to process the many finds from Binchester.
Sheila Brown |
Committee Member 2018-21
I have spent all my career as a secretary. Having had a long interest in history, my final 20 working years spent in the Durham Archaeology
Department was ideal. For some years I have been a volunteer washing pot and bone from the Binchester excavations. Over many years I have acted as
Treasurer of the Wheatley Hill History Club, which is interested in the history of County Durham and the surrounding area.
Derrick Gwynne |
Committee Member 2018-19
I first became interested in archaeology in my teens after finding a three tang flint arrowhead down in Herefordshire. I have been involved with several archaeological groups over the years, and have been involved with excavating, finds washing and drawing, doing scale drawings of buildings and numerous other activities.
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