Apr
17
Fri
Roman Jewellery – Kathy Sas, President of AVRA, Antwerp Society of Roman Archaeology
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
May
12
Tue
Visit to Fountains Abbey led by Mark Newman, National Trust archaeologist
May 12 all-day
May
16
Sat
Cultivating the Past: the Aldborough Garden in Context – Dr Twigs Way, Researcher in Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes
May 16 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Andrew Lawson, ancestor of the current owners, bought Aldborough Manor in 1834. He encouraged exploration of Isurium Brigantum, the Roman town on which the village of Aldborough was built, in the 1830’s and 1840’s. It seems the garden of the manor was designed around the Roman remains and it appears to be very much an antiquarian garden. The garden could, however, have had slightly earlier origins.

Currently the site is in two parts; that which is maintained by English Heritage and a further part that still forms part of the grounds of Aldborough Manor. The latter contains a Roman quarry with niches cut in the sides within which statues were set, a viewing mound or ‘mount’, two mosaic huts containing the most northerly in situ mosaics in the country and various pieces of Roman stonework including the remains of the town walls. There are walks throughout the gardens which were planted with specimen trees such as Atlas Cedar and Black Pine.

Twigs Way is a lecturer, writer and speaker who has worked in historic landscapes and gardens for over thirty years. She provides owners of historic landscapes with advice and support and works closely with stakeholders like Natural England and Historic England. She designs and delivers courses for the University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens and is a regular contributor to periodicals such as Gardens Illustrated and BBC Countryfile.

Twigs’ talk will address the context of the gardens at Aldborough Roman site and inform us about the development of gardens built around antiquarian sites or ruins in general.

This is a joint event with the Yorkshire Gardens Trust.

Jun
9
Tue
Pottery Demonstrations – Graham Taylor, Potted History
Jun 9 all-day
Roman Pottery – Graham Taylor, Potted History
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jul
5
Sun
Aldborough Book Launch and Village Tour led by Professor Martin Millett and Dr Rose Ferraby (times to be arranged)
Jul 5 all-day
Jul
14
Tue
Visit to Vindolanda – tour led by Andrew Birley
Jul 14 all-day
Jul
25
Sat
Roman Frontiers in their Landscape Setting – David Breeze, Honorary Professor at the University of Durham, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the University of Stirling
Jul 25 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Sep
19
Sat
Digging Deeper at Isurium Brigantum, Dr Rose Ferraby and Professor Martin Millett
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct
1
Thu
Visit to Hull and East Riding Museum
Oct 1 all-day