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20141007 Lundy Birds

There is news, which will be of special interest to the birders amongst us, that the first breeding Storm Petrels have been recorded on Lundy. A chick was found by Tony Taylor's bird ringing team at the Old Light Manx Shearwater colony on Sunday evening. It has been suggested that Storm Petrels have bred on Lundy but this is the first evidence to prove that. This is the first record of nesting Storm Petrels in England, outside of the Isles of Scilly.

More details on the Lundy Birds blog link
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20140826 The Jenner Museum

Dr Jenner's House - the birthplace of vaccination. Edward Jenner lived in this house for 38 years until his death in 1823. http://www.jennermuseum.com

20131205 Richard Coleman-Smith 1933-2013

It is sad to report the death of Richard Coleman-Smith who died early in the morning of 27th November at Silverleigh Care Home after a long illness.

20130712 SANHS Visit to Longforth Farm, Wellington

We were very pleased and grateful to Wessex Archaeology, their clients Bloor Homes, and to Somerset County Council to be invited to view the excavation of a substantial medieval site on the north east side of Wellington.

20130604 The Archaeology of Jersey - a two day conference

This exciting Conference, to be held at the Société Jersiaise headquarters at No. 7 Pier Road, St Helier, marks the Société's 140th Anniversary and the centenary of its Archaeology Section. Showcasing the extraordinary variety of original research carried out by many bodies and individuals in Jersey over many years, this is a rare opportunity to learn more about the island’s unique archaeology.

20130603 New Approaches to Roman Archaeology

10am – 4.45pm Saturday 19 October 2013 @ the Museum of Bath at Work, Camden Works, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH

A day workshop examining the renaissance in Roman archaeological studies and its impact on our understanding on the Roman landscape with particular attention to Somerset.

See http://www.bath-at-work.org.uk/how-to-find-the-museum-of-bath-at-work/

20130519 Archaeological Priorities for Somerset

You are cordially invited to participate in compiling priorities for an archaeological strategy for Somerset. Meet at the Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle at 10am (coffee) for 10.30am for the morning of Saturday 13 th July 2013

20130409

Society for Clay Pipe Research conference

21/22 September 2013. The 29th annual SCPR conference will be held this year at the United Church Hall, 49–51 Charles Street Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EE.

20130325 Ancient Church Fonts of Somerset

25 March 2013 for Western Daily Press. In the 1880s a young man in his 20s, a product of the Victorian era, son of the vicar of West Harptree, set out on a modern-day crusade.

20130220 Bristol and Avon Archaeology Society Conference

9 March 2013. 50th Anniversary Symposium of The Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society held at Bristol M Shed museum.

20130201 Recording Buildings in West Somerset The Historic Buildings Committee is keen to set up a recording and research group for vernacular buildings similar to SVBRG (Somerset Vernacular Buildings Research Group) but in West Somerset.
20130201 Castle House Taunton Management Trust Castle House Taunton Management Trust (CHT) is seeking someone to manage the public area of Castle House (Grade I) in Castle Green.
20130130 SANHS Natural History, Geologists' Association & Museum of Somerset

13 April 2013 - 10.00 to 16.00 in Museum of Somerset

'Rockwatch'

20130122

Friends of Somerset Churches and Chapels. Wells & Mendip Museum

7pm Fri 22 Feb - Jill Kerr Channer MA FSA FRSA IMBC, world renowned Architectural Glass Historian, will give an illustrated talk on the captivating beauty, creation, care and value of stained glass with particular reference to ‘jewels’ in Somerset.

20130117 2013 Recommend a Friend Prize Winners Congratulations to all the winners in our promotion since August last year and welcome to all the new Members joining the Society. We look forward to meeting you at our events.
20121213 Philip Rahtz Conference 2 February 2013. PHILIP RAHTZ - ARCHAEOLOGIST
A A day conference to celebrate his life and work in Somerset. Click on the pdf icon to download an application form.
20120916 SANHS Archaeology Symposium

9 March 2013. THE LARGEST HILLFORT IN BRITAIN: UNDERSTANDING HAM HILL?
A lecture by Niall Sharples,
Reader in Archaeology, Cardiff University.

Book a place in the online shop.

20120904 Royal Opening of the Museum of Somerset 15 October 2012. Earl of Wessex will open the new Museum of Somerset in Taunton Castle. He will visit the BARB Rescue Hovercraft at Burnham on Sea before and the Jubilee Hall, Langford Budville afterwards.
20120807 Dillington House Open Day 2 September 2012. Noon until 5 pm
20120806 SANHS General Meeting & Christmas Party 24 November 2012. Great Hall, Taunton Castle - General Meeting followed by Christmas Party with a lantern show and music.
20120806 Associated Societies Annual General Meeting

6 October 2012:

EMN Village Hall, near Williton, West Somerset

20120801 Recommend a Friend SANHS members - give your friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours the privilege of free membership for a year and price reduction on a SANHS publication.
20120706 Castle House Restoration Work on the restoration, which will also bring the house back into public use began this week and will cost more than £1 million. The trust has also received a major contribution from and the Garfield Weston Foundation, as well as private donations.
20120701 Somerset County Council Heritage Services Review As the papers demonstrate Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society is SCC’s most significant partner in the field of heritage through owning the Castle and 40% of the collections.
20120619 British Archaeological Jobs & Resources (BAJR) 19 June 2012. The BAJR maintains a list of archaeological societies that are active in the field - offering opportunities for people to get involved in real archaeology projects in the local area. Our sister site, Past Horizons, provides high quality archaeology news and volunteer project information and has probably the best archaeology toolshop there is, all the equipment (from trowel to digital caliper and barrier tape to survey peg) is the best quality. Anyway, Past Horizons Tools - @ the link, is offering a 5% discount on sales if you add the discount code ARCHSOC to any order for the next month.
20120619 Curatorial Fellowships in UK outside London Closing 9 July 2012. The Yale Center for British Art is offering a fellowship scheme intended for curators at museums in UK. They are hoping to reach curators in municipal and regional collections outside London and would be most grateful if it would be possible to circulate the fellowships.
20120618 Remembering World War I 28 July 2014. Do you have any plans for the 2014-18 period to link in with the First World War such as a project, event or exhibition? Do you have some collections you’d like to highlight or stories you’d like to tell? Do you have archival material you’d like to use, or perhaps want to offer a different angle on the period, such as the social changes or the role of women.

20120612 Mendip Hills Festival of Archaeology 14 - 29 July 2012. The Mendip Hills programme offers events ranging from open days and behind-the-scenes tours to family fun days, hands-on activities, guided walks, talks and finds identification workshops. The Mendip Hills Festival of Archaeology has been supported by the Mendip Hills AONB Sustainable Development Fund.
20120612 Revealing Somerset's Church Treasures 26 May to 25 November 2012 ; The Bishop's Palace Wells. Over 50 treasures revealing the rich heritage of the Church in Somerset. Explore tales of dragons, knights, bishops and bell ringers.
20120604 [email protected] Flower Show Taunton Flower Show on 3 & 4 August 2012 is the premiere event of its type in the South-West and is a firm part of the summer calendar in Taunton. Held in the centre of Somerset's county town in the historic Vivary Park, the Show includes attractions for the whole family.
20120601 Archaeological Excavation on Ham Hill

29 July 2012: Cambridge Archaeological Unit and the University of Cardiff are returning this summer to excavate at Ham Hill Hillfort, (Stoke Sub Hamdon). The work is in advance of the extension to the quarry and is located immediately to the east of the existing quarry. This is a fantastic and unique opportunity to understand more about the hillfort and how it was used.

http://www.hamhillfort.info/HamHillFort/Welcome.html

20120526

CBA Festival of British Archaeology 14 - 29 July 2012

Last year the festival was a great success and we wish to build upon that in 2012! The CBA Festival of British Archaeology exists to give everyone opportunities to find out more about their past by taking part in specially organised events during the Festival fortnight and we hope as a valued colleague that you can join in again this year by organising an event(s)!

20120516 Tax on built heritage Brian Murless, president of Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society, and its trustees, have written to local MPs to draw their attention to the damage the move will have not only on the preservation of the national stock of listed buildings, but also on vital industries.
20120512 SANHS AGM More than 60 members of SANHS assembled in the Victoria Park Community Centre in Bridgwater on Saturday 12 May for their Annual General Meeting.
20120501 Friends' (of Wells Cathedral) Day 26 May 2012

Bookings: Tickets or details can be obtained for Friends events by either visiting the Friends Office or by post enclosing payment and a stamped, addressed envelope.

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20120501 Somerset Local Nature Partnership Workshop - 9 May 2012 This workshop is a major opportunity to bring together individuals from a wide range of organisations to look at how a Local Nature Partnership in Somerset might operate and how it can make a difference. We want this process to be as inclusive as possible and bring in views from business and health, communities and trade sectors as well as environmental professionals. To complete our booking form, please press CTRL + Click here.
20120421

12th Exmoor Archaeology Forum: Exmoor’s Coastal
Landscapes

This year the Archaeology Forum will focus on several aspects of Exmoor’s coastal landscape, looking at how it has evolved over the last 10,000 years and how its evolution and development has influenced, and been influenced by, people.
20120324 Mendip Hills Historic Environment Open Day 2012

Press Release: Next year’s popular Annual Mendip Hills AONB Historic Environment day is to be held on Saturday 24 th March 2012 at Wells & Mendip Museum. Guest speakers include Professor Mick Aston from Channel Four’s Time Team, Bob Croft, County Archaeologist for Somerset County Council and Stuart Milby from Context One Archaeology.

20120114 SANHS Archaeology Conference, Strode College, Street

The Somerset Levels and Moors has some of the most exciting archaeology in the country. This one day conference celebrates the recent archaeological discoveries from the area. A wide range of speakers will present the results of investigations on the wetland landscape and on the ‘islands’ of hard geology in the floodplain. The changing coast, ‘disappeared’ rivers, mesolithic burials, Saxon forts and medieval Abbeys and much more will feature.

For conference programme and booking details, click icons.

 

20111220 1st Meeting of SANHS Reform Group
Identify material available - we should all have seen:
- 2006 Constitution
- 2002 Rules
- Advisory Council paper 25 March 2011
- Draft minutes of 2 April Advisory Council meeting
- General Meeting paper 1 October
- Draft minutes of General Meeting 22 October
20111214 Warwick Symposium on Parish Research The ‘Warwick Network for Parish Research’’ has been running an annual symposium highlighting new work on late medieval and early modern parishes since 2003. Last call for participation.........
20111214 The Grace Cup returns to Glastonbury The rare oak tankard is an heirloom of the Arundell Family of Wardour Castle in Wiltshire. Family tradition holds that it originally belonged to Glastonbury Abbey, but was given for safe-keeping to a Catholic ancestor at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. .........
20111201 Heritage Grants Awards Oct 2011

The Grants Committee met on 7 October 2011 and recommended the following grants: ....

20111015 BBC History Festival, Taunton.

The event will include re-enactment displays, talks about local history, films and heritage tours taking place. TV presenter and archaologist, Jules Hudson, said: "From medieval wool merchants to Second War War evacuees, Taunton and Somerset have an incredible tale to tell." .........

20110929 Public Opening of the Museum of Somerset After years of planning, and untold hours of work by hundreds of people, we are very pleased to announce that the new Museum of Somerset at Taunton Castle will open at midday on 29 September 2011.
20110814 Archaeological Excavation on Ham Hill

Cambridge Archaeological Unit and the University of Cardiff are undertaking excavations at Ham Hill, (Stoke Sub Hamdon). The work is in advance of the
extension to the quarry and is located immediately to the east of the existing quarry.

http://www.hamhillfort.info/HamHillFort/Welcome.html


20110807 Eggardon Hill Fort: Touch the past by handling real artefacts

Well, what a turn-out for the Eggardon Hill walk yesterday. The weather report of just two days ago, which predicted storms, did not appear and we had a windy but bright day.

http://xcavate.blogspot.com/2011/08/eggardon-hill-mass-turn-out.html

20110804

Technical Meeting on Accounts

David Dawson and Anthony Porter look forward to answering your questions. The draft Financial Guide & 2010 Annual Accounts will be discussed.
20110711 Festival of British Archaeology Seeing Bridgwater's Medieval Past and Castle
20110704 Museum of Somerset opening date revealed One of the largest collections of Roman coins ever found, a shrunken head from South America and Judge Jeffreys’ medical bill are a few of the many new exhibits which will be on display at the new Museum of Somerset, opening on Thursday 29 September.
20110701 Castle House Our working group, led by the Somerset Building Preservation Trust, has pulled together most of the work needed to obtain funding for the building to begin its new life.
20110601 Rebellion, Riot and Revel: The West Country in the Seventeenth Century The main theme of the conference will be the social and cultural history of the West Country in the 17th century.

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