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Coronavirus update - June 2020

Now that lockdown is being eased, it is time to update you on how the Surrey Archaeological Society is dealing with this unpredecented situation.

 

Since lockdown started in March, as already advised, we have postponed all scheduled face to face meetings and field activities, and closed our Research Centre (incorporating our library) at Abinger.  But behind the scenes the Society has continued to work well with trustees and officers operating from their own homes.  All our systems operate remotely and post and emails can be monitored and answered promptly.  Most operational meetings, including trustees, Council and sub-committees, have moved to Zoom which has worked well for us. Some projects, where paper or on-line based, such as palaeography, have also continued using Zoom.  

 

Our Library open hours have now been extended

Following the move of our office to the same premises at Abinger Hammer, the open hours of the Library have now been extended as follows:

Monday : 10:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday : 10:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday : 10:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday     : Not open

Friday :   Not open

First Saturday in month : 10:00am-1:00pm

The Society's library which is not only a good collection of books on archaeology and local history but is also the only specialist lending library on these subjects in the county. Books, pamphlets and periodicals that can normally only be consulted in reference libraries can be borrowed by members.

Members and non-members should check with the Assistant Librarian before visiting Abinger to ensure that the Library will be open as intended on a particular day and that the items they require are available.First Saturday in month : 10:00am-1:00pm

For details of how to get to Abinger please see the Library visiting page.

Temporary move of office to Abinger during Guildford Museum repairs

Guildford Museum will be closed for repairs for about four months from June 2019. All staff will move out, many exhibits will go into specialist storage and there will be no access to items currently on show or in store at Castle Arch until the museum re-opens. This is urgent maintenance and is not linked to possible redevelopment.

The Society was asked to vacate its office at Castle Arch for the duration of the work and has moved to the Research Centre at Abinger Hammer. Our normal open hours for the office ( and Library) will  be:

Monday 10.00-4.00

Tuesday 10.30-2.00

Wednesday 10.00-4.00

First Saturday of each month 10.00-1.30

Our email address does not change but our telephone will be 01306 731275. Calls to the Castle Arch number will be diverted to Abinger but only answered during the hours above..

Post addressed to Castle Arch will be redirected. The postal address at Abinger is:

Surrey Archaeological Society

Hackhurst Lane

Abinger Hammer RH5 6SE

Surrey

You can now join the Society or renew your membership online for 2019

Online joining and renewal for 2019 are now available on this website, with payment by credit or debit card through Paypal. You can now complete all the forms and make payment online with just a few clicks of your mouse. Joiners now get up to 15 months of membership for the price of 12, up to 31 March 2020.  You can also join or renew membership of the Roman Studies Group online here.

IMPORTANT : do not renew online if you pay via standing order or have already renewed with a paper form.

Please click here to join online

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Consultation on proposed cut-back at Surrey History Centre

Surrey County Council have just launched a public consultation about the shape of its services in the future to help it set a sustainable budget. The consultation is now live and the Council wishes to hear the views of as many people as possible by Friday 4 January 2019.

The link below will take you to the online consultation form for the Libraries and Cultural Services department, which includes the work done by Surrey Heritage (archives, archaeology and conservation). Your views, and those of the members of Surrey Archaeological Society, are vitally important in determining the future direction of the Heritage service and they would greatly appreciate it if you would complete the short survey:

www.surreysays.co.uk/legal-and-democratic-services/libraries

At present the proposal is to reduce the Cultural Services budget for 2019/20 (covering Libraries, Heritage, Surrey Arts, Adult Learning and Registration) by more than half - from £8.7 million to £4 million.

SyAS receives an HLF grant to expand its training and outreach opportunities!

HLF

This September, Surrey Archaeological Society has received a National Lottery grant totalling £90,000 for an exciting two-year heritage project, Sustainable Impact, which is spread across various locations throughout Surrey. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on training its members to carry out fieldwork and strengthen the group’s outreach activities in the community.

PhD studentship funding: The Medieval Iron Industry in the Weald

The University of Exeter, Wealden Iron Research Group and the Early Metals Research Trust are jointly funding a second three year PhD studentship, following the current successful collaboration, focussing on the Romans, which began in 2015. There is the potential to combine documentary, field and laboratory studies. Details are available from Exeter University: www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=3042

Simon Esmonde Cleary to chair 'Shining a light on the 5th century AD' conference

We are pleased to announce that Professor Simon Esmonde Cleary has kindly agreed to chair the forthcoming major conference on the Roman-Saxon transition 'Shining a light on the 5th century AD in Surrey and the South-East: how did Roman Britain become Saxon England'.

Simon Esmonde Cleary is Emeritus Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Birmingham and his current research is focused on the Roman to post-Roman transition over much of the western part of the empire . He has  written extensively on this subject including on the countryside of Roman Britain in the fourth and fifth centuries, and the Roman to Medieval transition, and is therefore ideally placed to lead discussions on what will be the latest archaeological evidence for the 5th century.

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Book ONLINE for the major Roman/Saxon Conference in Ashtead in May 2018

We are holding a major conference at the Peace Memorial Hall in Ashtead about Roman and Saxon 5th Century Surrey on 5th May 2018. 

CLICK HERE and then click on the Book tab to book online.

The image (right) is of a large bead found in an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Guildown, Guildford in the 1920s, described by Lowther in S.A.C Vol. 39 page 11 : 

"Plate VIII, No. 3 (Grave No. 123). This, on the other hand, is probably purely an ornament and an extra large type of bead, the hole being rather too small for the insertion of a spindle. It is of the " lobed " type which appears to be derived from the Roman " melon " bead, for which reason this form is usually given an early date. Six of the beads from this site are of the lobed type. This bead is of pale green glass, with an inlaid red spot on each of the six lobes. Found placed centrally on the chest of the skeleton."

Collections Volume 100 is now published

Collections Volume 100

The landmark 100th volume of the Society's Collections is now published and should be with members.

Please note that the link to the supplementary material in the volume has, unfortunately, not yet been transferred to the ‘new’ ADS pages that contain the information for vol 100, but if you click here you will be taken to the relevant page on the new site - click on browse and then move down the list to volume 100.

Another successful summer dig ends at Abinger

The month of excavation at Abinger has now come to an end. Our 75 volunteers coped admirably with unseasonally hot weather, up to 35C the first few days. Whilst this meant that we lost very little digging time to wet weather it also meant that the ground was baked hard and the colours more muted than we might have hoped for. Despite this we made good progress, with volunteers trowelling and retrowelling areas over and over  to gradually uncovering the archaeology beneath. Whist digging has finished there is still plenty of planning and section drawing to complete and this will be done over the next week or so.

Finds team