The Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust

Suppressed in 1537, the abbey was plundered for its stone and five out of the 14 delicately carved 13th-century arcades ended up beautifying the church at Llanidloes, some ten miles distant.…

Country House Collections: their lives and afterlives

‘Helicopters flew in, and prices flew up.’ James Miller’s summary of the Chatsworth attic sale of 2010 sets the tone for much of Country House Collections, a fascinating series of meditations on the fate of the art-objects and artefacts that inhabited stately homes and gave them their character. The 14…

Current Archaeology 381

• Iona in the Viking Age
• Uncovering medieval peasant perceptions of landscape
• CITiZAN’s climate emergency
• The evolution of archaeological illustration
• Blick Mead: uncovering Mesolithic and medieval finds…

The Wrecks of HM Frigates Assurance (1753) & Pomone (1811)

In April 1753, a British frigate called the Assurance sank on the Needles, off the coast of the Isle of Wight. Its remains were rediscovered in 1969, complete with cannon, silver coins, and many other artefacts. Designated the sixth protected wreck in Britain, the site became the subject of years…

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Exhibitions, Events, and Visits

With even more heritage sites and museums around the UK opening up and in-person events being held again, we have put together a list of some of the exhibitions, lectures, and events coming up soon. However, there are also still plenty of ways to get involved in archaeology, history, and…

Friends of Canterbury Cathedral

The Friends have raised some £15 million towards projects as diverse as the purchase of a minibus for the choristers, the conservation of rare books in the library, the restoration of the splendid Tudor gatehouse, and the creation of a new garden in the cathedral precinct.…

Iron Age shrine unearthed in the Yorkshire Wolds

Excavations on a hill in the Yorkshire Wolds have uncovered the remains of a 24m2 Iron Age shrine packed with cow skulls, deer antler, and other animal bones. The site appeared as crop marks in aerial photographs taken over 20 years ago, but its full complexity is only just being…

Cruck Building: a survey

Crucks, curving roof timbers that in their purest form go from the ground to the apex of the roof, have long been a puzzle. They superficially appear to be a primitive form of roof framing, but we have no real examples before 1250, by which time more sophisticated box-framing methods…

Stranger in the Mask of a Deer

‘Dreamer, can you cast your mind back to before you were islanded?’ This thoughtful and thought-provoking book-length poem is described by its author, Richard Skelton, as a ‘call-and-response from the present to the past’. The text drifts into a dream-like imagining of the end of the last Ice Age, when…

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Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Following a £6.7 million transformation, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery has reopened to the public, with new galleries showcasing the town’s history – particularly its proud shoemaking heritage. Carly Hilts visited to find out more.…

Excavating Scotland’s earliest railway

A community project excavating Scotland’s first railway has uncovered three 18th-century phases of timber construction layered on top of each other. The unprecedented discovery was made in East Lothian by the 1722 Waggonway Project, and has been described by railway historian and project archaeologist Anthony Leslie Dawson as ‘of national…

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