Meetings in January and February
2011 got off to a very good start with our first two
meetings. Chris Felton's barber surgeon presentation was
described as 'one of pour best sessions' by a satisfied
member, while the Archive
evening also went down very well. Many thanks go
to all involved in organising and running the evening.
There is plenty more to look forward to this spring in
addition to our meetings.
'Heritage Inspired' sponsored talk
Pat McLaughlin is giving a talk on
Gothic Architecture in South Yorkshire on 23 March at 1.30 p.m. at
Blyth Barnby Memorial Hall, High Street Blyth. Admission
£1, refreshments available. The talk is scheduled to
last for 2 hours.
As well as looking out for the TDLHS scarecrow of Old Father
Time on 30 April and 1 May, drop by at our stall on 1
May which you will find near the phone box close to the
junction of St Leonards and the main road.
For a change, this year there will be one main trip arranged
during the day-time on Friday, 27 May. The plan is to go
to Manor Lodge, Sheffield, in the morning, for a guided
tour given by David Templeman, whose talk to the Society
on Manor Lodge was well received. You can then either
have a pub lunch or bring your own sandwiches before a
visit in the afternoon to Weston Park Museum and
Gardens. A coach will leave Tickhill at 9.30 a.m. and
return at 4.30 p.m. The cost will be in the region of
£10 (not including lunch). Dorothy Bradley is finalising
arrangements and will give more details at our April and
May meetings when you will need to sign up for a place.
It sounds like a most interesting trip.
Whether or not you are a gardener or a farmer, you might know
someone who has unearthed an item made from pottery,
flint, stone, leather or metal dating from before 1700.
If so, the Portable Antiquities Scheme would like to
know. The Scheme has a national network of Finds Liaison
Officers who can provide advice e.g. on how to clean and
store your find, and record your find on a national
database (www.finds.org.uk). The FLO for this area is
Amy Downes, of the West Yorks Archaeology Advisory
Service, Tel: 01924 305359, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org uk
If you find any treasure, you need to report it to the
coroner within 14 days. Treasure, which legally belongs
to the Crown, includes:
more than 10% gold or silver and more than 300 years old
prehistoric metal objects that are found together
of coins over 300 years old if there are 2 or more gold
or silver coins, or 10 or more copper
The FLO can help identify what constitutes treasure, and
assist with the report to the coroner. Who knows what
lurks beneath the soil in this area?
(This information is provided in a leaflet published by the
Portable Antiquities Scheme.)
A New Book
Sally Tyas gives us information about a new book,
No. 13, published by the South Yorkshire Archaeology
Service in 2010. Sally saw the book when attending a
Study Day with the
South Yorkshire Archaeology Service and obtained a copy
for our Archive.
Archaeology in South
is a review of some 239 sites and the work that has
taken place in recent years.
Archaeology is now routinely considered to be a
material part of the planning process and thereby
discoveries about a site’s past also inform its future.
The book is an instructive and most interesting “broad sweep”
across the region from Barnsley Sheffield and
Doncaster in the East - but the
investigations in our locality are of particular
relevance of course. Doncaster,
Bawtry, Rossington, Laughton, Letwell and Loversall all feature
along with Hesley Hall and the Friary here in Tickhill.
The book is held in the TDLHS Archive at the Library and is
available, on request, for any TDLHS member
to read. It
is well worth a look - we live in a historically