Latest Lectures – on drainage and flooding – don’t miss these!

A short post, just to highlight some very interesting lectures coming up:

First of all, tomorrow evening, Wednesday 5th March, there will be a lecture in March at the library on the drainage of the Fens by Iain Smith of the Middle Level Commissioners. This is organised by the March Society. See for more details the leaflet below or the March Society’s Facebook page or check for the latest on Twitter at @MarchSociety.

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Another lecture will be held in Sutton-in-the-isle on Friday 11 April – Organised by Sutton Feast – this will be delivered by Mike Petty on the 1947 Fen floods. See flyer below (Source: http://ow.ly/i/4LeJu). Check for the latest at @SuttonIsle or @Sutton_Feast.

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Don’t forget, there are also the ongoing Fenland History on Friday Lectures – for information on the remaining lectures, still running each Friday morning until early May – see this previous blog post.

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Fenland History on Friday lectures continued

Heritage Lottery FundI am pleased to announce the continuation of the highly successful Fenland History on Friday lectures series throughout April and May. As before – and highlighted in this previous blog post -, these lectures are held in Ely Library from 10.30 to noon. All are welcome (£2.50 on the door).

The following interesting topics remain to be told:

April 19th         Mainly Manea: reflections on a fenland settlement – Ursula Berry

April 26th        Cromwell’s settlers, 17th-century Thorney: the hidden story of the Huguenots who settled on the drained Fenland  – Margaret Fletcher

May 3rd            Leonard Jenyns, the Gilbert White of Cambridgeshire – Richard Preece

May 10th          Reflections on the stories and characters of the Bedford Rivers – Mike Petty

Download here the flyer for this series: Fenland History on Friday Poster April and May 2013

For more information, check out www.cambridgeshirehistory.com/MIkePetty, or contact Mike Petty on 01353 648106

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Fen landscape; taken at Wicken Fen. Photo by Patricia Kreyer, all rights reserved.

Barrows, Birds & Biodiversity: Exciting lecture in Earith – Tonight

Heritage Lottery FundTonight there will be a special lecture, jointly given by two well-known RSPB staff members, both working in the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership area:

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RSPB TALK/ THE HANSON-RSPB WETLAND PROJECT STORY:

Barrows, Birds and Biodiversity – 3,000 BC to 2013

Chris Hudson, RSPB Project Manager and Robin Standring, RSPB Reserves Archaeology Officer

 Location: RECTOR’S HALL, Earith (Colne Road – next to Smartdrive)

 

Tuesday 16th April  – 7.30pm

Tickets £5 (Friends of Rector’s Hall £4.50) [to include a glass of wine]

Tickets available on the door.

For many years now, there has been a very fruitful cooperation between the RSPB, Hanson Aggregates and Cambridge Archaeological Unit; all three organisations are part of the Ouse Washes Partnership and play an active role in the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme, on the Board (RSPB), as deliverers of projects within the scheme (RSPB; Cambridge Archaeological Unit), or as part of our wider Partner Forum (Hanson Aggregates).

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Location map of quarried areas, with significant archaeological sites shown. Source: http://www.strideguides.com/unearthingthepast/web-content/map.html

As a result of extensive aggregate extraction, in advance of habitat restoration schemes in the area, numerous fascinating archaeological sites have been excavated. This research has revealed many sites from the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman periods, many of which are considered of national significance.

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Location of archaeological sites near Earith. Source: http://www.strideguides.com/unearthingthepast/web-content/delta.html

There is a whole range of information on the web relating to the archaeological finds from the different periods, all of which were done as a result of the RSPB – Hanson cooperation. look here for more information.

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Inhumation found in one of the Bronze Age barrows in the Over area. Source: http://www.strideguides.com/unearthingthepast/web-content/rites.html