2018 AGM and Lecture by Dr Duncan Sayer
Friday 23 February, 7:00pm, National Trust Sutton Hoo
Following the general meeting, Dr Duncan Sayer MCIfA FSA will give a lecture on ‘Aventus Saxonum: Material Culture, DNA and Identity in the Migration Period’. Dr Sayer is Reader in Archaeology in the School of Forensic and Applied Science at the University of Central Lancashire. He has published widely on ethics and burial archaeology, kinship systems, generational time, and mortuary practice and recently directed a major excavation of an early Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Oakington, Cambridgeshire, which yielded, among others, a number of child burials, the grave of a warrior, and a unique and richly furnished burial of a woman with a cow.
2018 Basil Brown Memorial Lecture
Saturday 28 April 2018, 11:00am, Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge
Nancy Edwards, Professor of Medieval Archaeology at Bangor University, will give a talk on ‘Western British Archaeology in the Age of Sutton Hoo’. Professor Edwards’ research focuses on the archaeology of Britain and Ireland c. AD 400–1100. She is currently engaged in a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship on Life in Early Medieval Wales and recently completed a major project on early medieval inscribed stones and stone sculpture in Wales.
Tickets are available from the Riverside Theatre (01394 382 174) or on the day.
Sutton Hoo Society members £7 and Public £8
Enta Geweorc – Roman Colchester
Saturday 16 and 23 September 2017
Howard Brooks BA (Hons) FSA MCIfA (Colchester Archaeological Trust) generously gave the Society two guided tours of the Roman ruins of Colchester. Camulodunum was the capital of Roman Britain and a wealthy and sophisticated urban centre. Starting from the Balkerne Gate – set in Britain’s oldest and longest surviving town wall – and the Interval tower, the tour took in the Roman Church, the Roman Circus (the only known example in Britain), the Roman theatre and the Temple facade. We thank Howard for sharing his knowledge of the history of the town, its architecture, and the lives of the Rómáne with us.
Basil Brown Memorial Lecture
Saturday 27 May 2017, Anglo-Saxon Dress and Textiles
Professor Emerita Gale R. Owen-Crocker of The University of Manchester gave a stimulating and enjoyable lecture on Anglo-Saxon Dress and Textiles to Society members and lufiendas of all things Anglo-Saxon. She has published extensively on the life and literature of the Anglo-Saxon period, and in particular on medieval dress and textiles, and we are very grateful that she took time out of her busy lecture and research schedules to share her expertise with us. Be on the lookout for her next book Clothing the Past: Surviving Garments from Early Medieval to Early Modern Western Europe (with Elizabeth Coatsworth).
Reports on our trips are to be found in our magazine, Saxon, which can be viewed on this website.
Recent visits have included Battle Abbey,
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford,
West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Mildenhall Museum,
Parker Library, Wren Library, Fitzwilliam Museum, and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge,
Archaeological site at Lyminge, Kent
and we have travelled as far as Gamla Uppsala, Ireland, Lindisfarne and Canterbury as well as closer to our Suffolk homeland.
For more information or enquiries, please contact our SHS Membership Secretary, via the website.