News and Notices
News and Notices from the VAG and other groups or organisations.
Tools and Trades History Society
The Tools and Trades History Society is a small charity, founded in 1983 to promote the study and understanding of early trades, related tools and the people that used them.
We are always seeking new members to join us, and there seem to be many like-minded individuals in charities and other groups that have similar aims to ourselves. Further details are available on the TATHS website at www.taths.org.uk.
Jonathan Green-Plumb (TATHS Chairman)
Current Archaeology Awards
You may be interested to know (if you didn't already), that Peasant Houses in Midland England, featured in issue 279 of Current Archaeology, has been nominated in the Research Project of the Year category of the Current Archaeology Awards 2014. This is the project which has been written up in the book by Nat Alcock and Dan Miles, Medieval Peasant Houses in Midland England (Oxbow Books, 2013).
The winner among the nominations is decided by public vote - which can be done by going to www.archaeology.co.uk/vote (which also gives details of all the nominations in the various categories). Voting will be open until Friday 7 February, and the winners will be announced on 28 February at the Current Archaeology Live! 2014 conference, held at the University of London's Senate House (more information on the conference can be found here: www.archaeologylive.co.uk).
This nomination is very positive for the perception of vernacular architecture and architectural research as being integral to archaeology, and we would encourage everyone to support this by voting for the project.
Vernacular Buildings in the North West
A day school at Haslingden on Saturday 22 February 2014, organised by the Lancashire Local History Federation. Talks:
- Vernacular buildings in and around Lancashire - architectural features and building materials - Kevin Illingworth
- Weavers' cottages - what's in a name? - Kathy Fishwick
- Bank barns, boskins and bee boles - Andy Lowe
- Housing the vernacular: halls, farmhouses, and weavers' cottages in southern Lancashire 1500-1830 - Mike Nevell
To book a place, complete and return the booking form with your fee.
Review of Research Frameworks for the historic environment sector in England
The current model for Research Frameworks is now nearly 20 years old and in this time the sector has seen significant changes in how it manages the historic environment, specifically within the planning process, and in relation to how research is generated and coordinated.
English Heritage has commissioned an evaluation of the role, impact and value of Research Frameworks for the historic environment sector in England (including, but not limited to, archaeology and the built environment). To inform this research it is vital that English Heritage obtains views and feedback from current non-users, as well as users, of Research Frameworks. We would therefore like to draw your attention to this research and invite you to respond to an online questionnaire – available via the link below:
It is anticipated that the questionnaire will take no more than 10 minutes to complete for current non-users and no more than 20 minutes to complete for current users of Research Frameworks. The survey will remain open until the end of February 2014.
The survey is being carried out independently by Pye Tait Consulting, under contract to English Heritage. Your views will be treated confidentially and reported anonymously by Pye Tait Consulting under the Data Protection Act 1988 and the Market Research Society (MRS) Code of Conduct. Further details about the research are provided via the survey link.
Researching timber framed buildings in the south east – the first 50 years
A one-day conference on Saturday 29 March 2014 at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Chichester, organised by the Wealden Buildings Study Group.
Formed in 1964 by R T Mason and Roy Armstrong, the Wealden Group celebrates its 50th year in 2014 with a one-day conference looking back – and forward – at vernacular research in south east England. Speakers include Richard Harris and David Martin, as well as Dr Sue Berry on Landscapes, Alan Dickinson on early timber towers and spires, Dr Janet Pennington with a case study, Rod Wild on databases as a resource for the future, and Martin Higgins on the Surrey dendro project. And Weald and Downland carpenter-in-residence Joe Thompson will introduce the newly re-erected Tindall’s Cottage (early 18th century), and host lunchtime visits.
9.15am to 5.30pm, £40 including teas and coffees (£15 WBSG and DBRG members). Bring packed lunch, or pre-order lunch £8. For leaflet and booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information available on the Wealden Buildings Study Group website.
Discovering Coggeshall - Timber-framed buildings in the town centre
Just published - a new book, Discovering Coggeshall - Timber-framed buildings in the town centre by David Stenning with Richard Shackle, giving a street-by-street guide to the main timber-framed buildings in the town. Price £7. More details can be found on the Discovering Coggeshall website. Copies will be available at the VAG Winter Conference in January, and are also available from the Red Lion Bookshop in Colchester.