From Stuart Darby – Publicity Officer Wallingford Museum
From Stuart Darby – Publicity Officer Wallingford Museum
Hello all – news from BLHA
THE WILFRED OWEN TRAIL – Monday 9th July 10.30
Join members of the Berkshire Local History Association on a walk around Dunsden to commemorate the centenary of the death of war poet Wilfred Owen and the end of the First World War.
We will start at Dunsden Church, then follow the Wilfred Owen Trail to see the places where he lived and worked as a lay assistant to the vicar in 1911-13.
Optional pub lunch at The Shoulder of Mutton in Playhatch.
Length of walk 3 miles over level ground with no stiles. Please contact Ann Smith
email@example.com or phone 0118 978 3430 to book a place.
Some recent e-mails received by committee members which may interest you:
From Dr. Rosalind Crone, Senior Lecturer in History at the Open University, to announce the launch of a new website with information on nearly 850 penal institutions which existed in 19th-century England, including around 420 prisons and 380 lock-ups. www.prisonhistory.org
From Caroyln Sheircliff, about a new book, “The Escape,” by Mark Pennock Purvis. It is an account of his experiences during the First World War in France, where he was captured and held as a prisoner-of-war before escaping. He lived in Hungerford. The book is available from Amazon.
From Marcus Clarke, F.R.S.A., who is interested in what may remain of the Langley Hurricane Factory, and in getting hold of material such as maps and photographs. Please reply to Marcus if you can help. firstname.lastname@example.org
From Rosie Whitehouse, a journalist researching the story of 30 teenage holocaust survivors who were brought to Woodcut House in Ascot in 1945 for recuperation. Please reply to Rosie if you have information. www.thejudahedition.com
David Cliffe, Chairman, BLHA.
Two upcoming events organised by Wallingford Museum:
Family Archaeology Day @ Wallingford Museum
On Saturday 28 July 2018 from 11am – 4pm, Wallingford Museum has organised another exciting Family Archaeology Day at the Museum.
Bring along your fossils to show our expert, Steve Head, who will be on hand to identify anything you might have found. Steve will also be able to show you some of his own fossil collection from around the world.
You’ll be able learn all about how archaeology is done from the experts and see the results of recent work done in Wallingford Castle. You’ll also be able to take part in some ‘hands-on’ work – pot-washing, identifying pottery, bones, shells, ironwork and much more. Then you can find out how to begin to identify the sort of pottery that helps to date the finds from archaeology, and even try making your own pots for fun!
There’ll be a display of things found in past years in the Museum or courtyard, including the rare medieval chess piece excavated from behind the Museum which is now on display there!
You’ll be able to explore the delights of the Museum – find the Roman skeleton, the woolly mammoth bones, spearheads, daggers, stones from the lost Priory; handle the cannon ball, search the ‘smelly-feely’ drawers, and complete a quiz sheet – plenty to interest and occupy the whole family!
Of course, you can also have a good look at this year’s special museum exhibitions where there is great interest in its ‘Treasures with Tales’ exhibition. Residents from Wallingford and the surrounding villages have loaned the museum a wide variety of fascinating objects, each with its own special significance – from exotic to fun to poignant! Visitors are able to follow the ‘Treasures Trail’ and discover these things for themselves throughout the museum. Each has its own ‘tale’ displayed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The treasures are woven in amongst other exhibitions which include not only the story of Wallingford’s Saxon origins, its great Royal castle, the town’s links with Agatha Christie, but also updates on the recent archaeology that is being uncovered by new developments around the town.
So there’s plenty of family entertainment for this special archaeology day!
Entry is by Museum ticket at the door – £5 per adult (which gives unlimited entry until 30 November) but accompanied children are FREE.
‘Recent archaeological discoveries in Wallingford and its environs’
Richard Oram (Planning Archaeologist at Oxfordshire County Council) will talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) about the ‘Recent archaeological discoveries in Wallingford and its environs’.
Richard has been the Planning Archaeologist at Oxfordshire County Council providing archaeological advice within the planning system to South Oxfordshire District Council and Cherwell District Council for the last 12 years. Prior to this he worked as a field archaeologist for a number of commercial archaeological organisations in the UK and the Republic of Ireland since graduation from Sheffield University with a BA (hons) in Archaeology and Prehistory. In his role at the County Council, Richard has an interest in all periods of Archaeology up to and including the late 20th century, and is particularly interested in transition periods such as the Late Iron Age to Roman and the Roman to Saxon period. He is also interested in transportation and trade links between settlements and how the infrastructure of the prehistoric and Roman landscape may have functioned and what evidence for this may have survived.
This talk will be held on Wednesday 11th July, 7.45 for 8pm, at St Mary’s Church, Wallingford.
Visitors (£4) are most welcome.
Hampshire Genealogical Society have asked me to let you know about their conference day to be held on Saturday 16th June at The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 2ZN. Visit this website for more information and booking details:
Angie Trueman, OFHS Secretary
Three items of news and notice of events from Wallingford Museum
Wallingford Museum – now opening Sunday afternoons
This year’s exhibition at Wallingford Museum “Treasures with Tales” is proving very popular. From 3rd June, the Museum will also open on Sunday afternoons (2-5pm) – and free entry for accompanied children continues!
The exhibition features a wide variety of fascinating objects loaned by residents, each with its own special significance – from exotic to fun to poignant – or just beautiful! Visitors are able to follow the ‘Treasures Trail’ and discover these things for themselves throughout the museum. Each will have its own ‘tale’ displayed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The treasures are woven in amongst our other exhibitions which include not only the story of Wallingford’s Saxon origins, its great Royal castle, the town’s links with Agatha Christie, but also updates on the recent archaeology that is being uncovered by new developments around the town.
Wallingford’s Guided Historic Town Walks
Wallingford’s Guided Historic Town Walks have created much interest and now take place regularly on Saturday mornings, starting from the Town Hall at 11.00am. Walks last 1 – 2 hours and cost £5 per person.
These are general walks covering the rich history of Wallingford, but also touching on the links with Agatha Christie and ‘Midsomer Murders’. They appeal to residents and visitors alike.
Just turn up – no booking is necessary!
‘From above and below – Inner secrets of Wallingford Castle Inner Bailey?’
Kevin Barton (of Landscape & Geophysical Services) will talk to The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS) about the ‘inner secrets’ of Wallingford Castle Inner Bailey.
In 2001, Kevin founded ‘Landscape & Geophysical Services’ to provide archaeological geophysical services in Ireland and overseas. In recent times he has brought his broad experience of remote sensing to assist communities in exploring their local heritage.
Much detailed historical and archaeological research has been carried on the Anglo-Saxon establishment of Wallingford and the Norman construction of the first Castle. The most up-to-date research has been published in three primary publications with significant input by volunteers from Wallingford Museum and TWHAS.
Much has been learnt from the integration of the research results which have revealed that the Inner Bailey includes at least three halls and associated kitchens, a church and other buildings with a large garden area surrounding the church. There are questions still remaining about these structures and functional areas in the Inner Bailey which is the heart of the royal Castle.
Remote sensing with associated visualisation techniques can image archaeological features from above – in the air and below – on the ground. The talk will introduce the Castle and review the questions relating to the Inner Bailey. To address some of the questions, we will examine new visualisations of existing and recently processed airborne remote sensing data. Finally, with the help of TWHAS volunteers, some inner secrets of the Inner Bailey may be revealed in the presentation of preliminary results from a new remote sensing survey scheduled to be completed in the days preceding this talk.
This talk will be held on Wednesday 13th June, 7.45 for 8pm, at St Mary’s Church, Wallingford.
Visitors (£4) are most welcome.