North East Hampshire Historical
& Archaeological Society


Events in 2017

January 2017

There were no talks during January but much useful work was carried out at project evenings reviewing the Heckfield finds. This will form part of Tony's report on the excavations which were carried out during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The report will also include historical information being compiled by Les.

February 2017

Our first talk of the year took place on Feb 10th when John Wall gave us Return to Sudan. This was covering the 25th Anniversary Tour in 2016 by John and other members of the Sudan Archaeological Research Society.

The tour started from Khartoum and progressed up the Nile to just south of Lake Nasser and then back. Many of the sites were laid out as processional temples as at Soleb. John drew attention to steles showing rock art with giraffes at Akasha West and pharaonic cartouches at Jebel Noh. Just south of Lake Nasser a huge ancient mud brick fortress had been built at Urunarti.

Jebel Dosha with its cave church and wall paintings - Amara West, once capital of Nubia but then abandoned around 1070BC – and Kerma, perhaps one of the most visited and largest archaeological sites in Nubia. As with his previous talks there were plenty of questions and discussion.

On Fri 24th our talk The Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust was given by Bill Fergie. The Trust has been in existence for 40 years and was set up to help preserve Hampshire's buildings, many of which were in danger of demolition.

The Trust works with town and borough councils and, sometimes, with individual owners of properties, encouraging them to restore buildings in their posession by assisting with the design and planning. The Trust has also bought many old building themselves, restoring them before selling them on.

Some buildings, however, have been retained by the Trust as museums and heritage centres. Three such properties are the Whitchurch Silk Mill, the Bursledon Windmill and the Bursledon Brickworks site which is also the Trust's headquarters. Bill's talk was very well illustrated with 'before' and 'after' pictures of many buildings and was well received by the audience.

Pyramids in Sudan.

Photo: Wikipedia.

Bursledon Windmill.

Photo: James Brigden.

March 2017

On 10th March we held our AGM at which the year's events and finances were reviewed.

On 24th, Charlie Fraser-Fleming gave his talk on The Industrial Revolution. He started with two maps showing the density of population of Britain in 1701 and again in 1911. It was immediately obvious how much the towns and cities had grown in just over 200 years. This growth was mainly due to changes in farming methods and the rapid industrialisation of manufacturing. Advances in transport during this period also provided easier access to raw materials and the markets for manufactured goods. Improvements in medicine and sanitation became necessary to cope with a higher density of people living in close proximity. Charlie mentioned a number of the many great engineers, reformers and inovators who contributed to this transformation of the social and economic life of the country. Some people say the Industrial Revolution ended with the Great Exhibition of 1851 while others say it still continues today with computers, the internet, etc. A very stimulating and well received talk which will continue to foster discussion in the months to come.

Steam pipes etc.

April 2017

Jo Gosney gave her talk Local History Detective on Friday 28th to a large and appreciative audience. Using a variety of interesting old photographs and maps, Jo outlined methods for research into local families and events. She gave us many details of the exploits of Samuel Cody, the Longman family, Empress Eugenie and others. The Army in Aldershot and North Camp also featured together with the expansion of local businesses and transport.

Clockhouse, Farnborough.

May 2017

There were two project evenings during May but no talks.

June 2017

Our talk on 23rd June was The Basingstoke Canal given by Roger Cansdale. Opened in 1794 with the intention of transporting agricultural products to London (via its connection to the Thames a Weybridge) and coal and manufactured goods back to Basingstoke, the canal never made a profit! It was threatened with closure several times before finally ceasing commercial traffic in 1921. However, enough of it survived through the 2nd World War and after to become a restoration project in the 1960s. The canal had the distinction of being among the first to demonstrate the leisure value of our waterways.

Also in June we had a stall at the Cove Brook Family Day on Sunday 18th. Tony and Ginny endured relentless sunshine on one of the hottest days in order to man the stall. Well done!

Canal boat at Odiham.

July 2017

On both Saturday and Sunday 15th & 16th July we held our R.A.E. Heritage Walk, our 2017 CBA Festival event. These walks started at 10.30am from the RAE Road adjacent to the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (FAST) Museum on the A325 Farnborough Road. The walks were led by Charlie Fraser Fleming who had produced an informative colour handout for the occasion.

Note: More detailed accounts of some of our talks and other events can be found in the latest NEWSLetter. Click here for details of how to get your copy.

For a review of last year's activities click here.


This page last updated in July 2017.