Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology 2019 programme of events announced! Saturday 29th June – Sunday 28th July, 2019 The programme for the 2019 Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology – the biggest Festival of its kind in Britain- has been announced. Throughout the four weeks of July more than 90 events will be held […]
The Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology 2018 will take place from Saturday 30th June to Sunday 29th July. It is a chance to discover more about the rich and diverse heritage of Leicestershire and Rutland. The Festival has a fascinating range of events, talks and guided tours from some of the county’s archaeological and historical experts.
More details, including a festival programme, are available at the Leicestershire Fieldworkers website.
Alice Roberts – Tamed: Ten Species that Changed our World
Friday 9th February
How do you tame wildness? For thousands of years our ancestors existed in a world where they depended on wild plants and animals. They were hunter-gatherers – consummate survival experts navigating the opportunities and threats the world offered. Then a revolution happened: we started to domesticate wild species and they became crucial to our own survival and success.
Alice Roberts is an anthropologist, writer and broadcaster, and is currently Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She has presented several landmark BBC series including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, Coast, and The Celts. Her recent book on evolutionary biology, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, was shortlisted for the Welcome Trust Book Prize in 2015.
Join her at the Pearson Centre, Beeston, Nottingham for an evening talk, Q&A and book signing. 7.30-10.00pm, doors open 6.30pm. £18.95, refreshments available. Booking essential: http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.
The Nottingham Branch AGM will take place on Saturday 20th February at 10.00am at the Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ . Following a short formal meeting, there will be a talk at 11.00am on “Going to the Pictures” by Michael Payne.
If you are recent WEA student or are planning to attend a WEA class or event, you are welcome to join us to hear more about the WEA. If you want to have a greater involvement in the activities of the WEA in Nottingham, you will be welcome to join the Branch committee, which meets once every 2 months in Nottingham.
If you’re in Nottingham next Wednesday evening, you may be interested in this year’s Maurice Barley Memorial Lecture. This year it is being given by Dr Philip Dixon. The lecture, entitled “Maurice Barley and the study of medieval buildings”, will be followed by a drinks reception.
The late Maurice Barley was the first professor of Archaeology at The University of Nottingham, a pioneer of buildings archaeology, in which the University maintains a strong and vibrant tradition, and one of the founders of York Archaeological Trust. Dr Philip Dixon, himself a very distinguished buildings archaeologist specialising in castles and cathedrals, taught for many years in the Department of Archaeology.
This event is free of charge and is open to all.