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Scheduled Excursions 2016

The Society organises a programme of summer excursions to a variety of sites in Durham and Northumberland and beyond. In 2012 we visited the Rotunda Museum and Castle at Scarborough (with Society President Dr Andrew Millard and Erik Matthews), Excavations at Vindolanda Roman Fort and the Roman Army Museum, Hexham (with Dr Peter Ryder and Dr Eric Cambridge, a joint event with CBA North) and finally the Victoria Tunnel at Ouseburn, Newcastle (with Roger Fern). Our programme of excursions for summer 2014 will be publicised early in the year.

The Society organises a programme of summer excursions to a variety of sites in Durham and Northumberland and beyond. Since 2012 we have also organised an annual extended excursion further afield, with trips to Chester (2012), Chepstow (2013), Leominster (2014) and Ipswich/East Anglia (2015). This year we plan to visit Portsmouth (see below):

Depending on numbers, excursions may be open to all, but priority is given to members. Please join us if you would enjoy visits to places of historical and archaeological importance, and the company of a friendly and enthusiastic group of like-minded people.

Vindolanda Roman Fort, Northumberland.
Excursion to Portsmouth, led by Dr David Mason

Thursday 22nd - Tuesday 27th September 2016

Main Excursion 2016: Portsmouth and Hinterland. Thursday 22nd – Tuesday 27th September.

The hotel for this excursion will be the Langstone Hotel beside Bosham Harbour, Hayling Island. The itinerary will include visits to most if not all of the following; Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (the recently improved Mary Rose display, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior etc), Butser Ancient Farm, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Portchester late Roman fort and medieval castle, the Weald & Downland Open Air Historic Buildings Museum, Chichester and its new ‘Novium’ museum, Petworth House and Arundel Castle. The overall cost of the trip has yet to be finalised but will be in the region of £550 (two sharing), £685 (single). This includes transport, accommodation (including breakfast and dinner but NOT lunches), and venue entrance fees.

To register your interest please telephone, text or email Dr David Mason: tel 07966 547272, or email

Date Event Description
16th April 2016
'Celts' An exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

This major exhibition, organised in partnership with the British Museum, unravels the complex story of the different groups who have used or been given the name Celts through the extraordinary art objects they made and used. Spanning more than 2,500 years, the exhibition explores history through these powerful decorated objects and examines how art styles have changed over time, often flourishing during periods when different cultures came into contact.” There will be a Curator Talk given by Dr Fraser Hunter, Principal Curator of Iron Age and Roman Collections.
7th May 2016
Railway Heritage Walk in Darlington This will be mainly around North Road railway museum and feature the early history of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. The walk will be led by Caroline Hardie and Niall Hammond.

16th July 2016
Bamburgh Castle and Excavations The castle stands on the site of the principal Anglo-Saxon palace and fortress of the Kingdom of Northumbria. Building on the work of Brian Hope-Taylor in the 1960s and ‘70s, the Bamburgh Research Project has been working there since 1996. The excavations are currently focusing on the west ward of the castle and have reached c 8th/9th century levels. We will be shown around the site by Graeme Young, Director of the Research Project. There is also an Armstrong and Aviation Artefacts Museum in the castle.
For more information or to book a place on any excursion please email Louise Gosling

The Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland