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 for children 8yrs and above


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The Great Flu pandemic of 1918

Saturday 12 May           1pm to 2.30pm


The 1918 flu pandemic was a lethal outbreak of influenza which infected 500 million people around the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and resulted in the deaths of 50 to 100 million (three to five percent of the world's population) making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. It killed the young and not the old, and was spread around the world by troops returning home after the First World War. It was known as Spanish flu because the other warring countries of Europe would not admit to having it – Spain did because it was neutral, and its King almost died. Discover the effects of this outbreak and the efforts to counteract it.


  £5 per child

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Shining a light on the 5th century AD in Surrey and the South-East: how did Roman Britain become Saxon England?


Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 09:30 to 17:45                      Ticket Price: £15.00  (includes morning and afternoon refreshments)      


Venue : Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BE


Surrey Archaeological Society is holding a major conference centred on the period between about AD 410 to AD 470 when, in our part of the country, Roman Britain became Saxon England.


The South-East corner of England ought to be a key area in the understanding of this period. It has long been recognised that a simple 'invasion and replacement' demographic model should not be imposed in this, or any other region of England. Here (again, as elsewhere) there are clear examples of important elements of the Late Roman infrastructure of sites and roads emerging as components of the Early Anglo-Saxon settlement pattern. But we still have very little archaeological evidence for the period, in particular from c. AD 410-470.


The aim of the conference is to bring together a number of scholars with relevant expertise from each side of this gap and challenge them to say what they think was happening. Were many of the ‘Saxons’ here before the end of the Roman period? Is there a case for much more assimilation and continuity than is suggested in the traditional histories of the period? Can we arrive at a new model for the transition from Roman to Saxon in the South-East that takes account of current understanding of the later Roman and early Saxon periods, and establish a programme of work by which the model could be tested?


The conference is hosted by Surrey Archaeological Society and one of its aims will be to provide a basis for future research in the (historic) county.




9.30     Registration


10.00   Chair - Simon Esmonde Cleary   Welcome and introductory remarks


10.10   Late Roman coinage in south-eastern England and beyond


            Dr Peter Guest, Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Cardiff University


10.50   Coffee and tea


11.30   Pottery, power and small worlds at the end of Roman Britain


            Dr James Gerrard, Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Newcastle University


12.10   Thinking about transitions: perspectives from Eastern England


             Dr Sam Lucy, Fellow of Newnham College,  University of Cambridge


12.50   Lunch


14.00   Inheritance and transformation: engaging with the past in the early medieval funerary landscape of south-east England


            Dr Kate Mees, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of  Archaeology, University of Durham                                                                  


14.40   The Upper Thames Valley in the 5th Century and the origins of Wessex


            Prof. Helena Hamerow, Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology, Institute of Archeology, University of Oxford                                                                            


15.20   Tea


16.00   A discussion of the material evidence for the transitional period


            Prof. John Hines, Professor of Archaeology, Cardiff University [to be read by Lisa Backhouse]


16.40   Exploring the post-Roman to early Anglo-Saxon transition in SE Britain: new perspectives from Quoit Brooch style metalwork


            Dr Ellen Swift, Reader in Archaeology,  University of Kent                                                                                                    


17.20   Chair    Discussion and closing comments


17.45   Close


Tickets are £15 and available online via the website or by post ( booking form )

Bourne Hall Museum - Summer Walks 2018


Join David Brooks on the following walks during July - August


Horton and the Manor Hospital                           Chalk Lane to World’s End

Epsom’s Oldest Road                                         Epsom Downs

South Street and Dorking Road                          Nonsuch Park and Palace

Ashley Road Cemetery, 2 walks                         Epsom Common and Spa

                                                   Horrible Ewell


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