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Pontefract and District Archaeological Society (PontArc) Programme 2012-13

posted 10 Sep 2012, 03:17 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 1 Feb 2016, 15:11 ]
Attached is the Pontefract and District Archaeological Society programme for 2012-13

PontArc (as it is increasingly being called) is over fifty years old.

From four members of an evening class, sitting on a tomb- chest in All Saints churchyard to one of the country’s leading town archaeological societies has been a long and often rocky road, but thanks to its members the Society now has a string of awards, publications and even television credits to its name.

Any society is the sum of its members, and PontArc has certainly been lucky in that respect. From the beginning, a number of prominent archaeologists joined the infant organisation, and several of its subsequent members gained national fame over the years.

As well as its annual lecture programme, the society is actively engaged in fieldwork and has conducted some well-regarded and award-winning projects over the years. The most recent project is on the site of St Richards Priory in the centre of Pontefract; you can find more about this on the PontArc website

You can get up-to-date news from the society through their twitter feed

Lectures Programme 2012 - 2013

19th October 2012 - Things we do for luck by John Billingsley

16th November 2012 - Yorkshire Luddism - image and reality, 1812-2012 by Dr John Hargreaves

21st December 2012 - Members’ evening and Christmas party. A series of short presentations by Society members and Christmas food

18th January 2013 - DONALD LODGE MEMORIAL LECTURE - Orcadian Odyssey - an archaeological and scenic tour of Orkney by Eric Houlder

15th February 2013 - Mayors, markets and meanders - the old market places of York by Ron Christian

15th March 2013 - The Pilkingtons of Chevet by Elsie Walton

19th April 2013 - The Staffordshire hoard - the first three yearsby Dr Kevin Leahy
The Anglo-Saxon treasure found in 2009 caused a sensation. Now, more than three years after their discovery, we are starting to understand these remarkable finds.
NB there will be a charge for entry to this lecture.

Paul Brayford,
10 Sep 2012, 03:18