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Annual Conference 2014
2011 Annual Conference
SELRC Annual Conference and AGM
April 2009 Newsletter now available
Fieldtrip to Lydney Victorian Harbour and Roman Temple
PEAT MOORS CENTRE TO CLOSE!
Severn Estuary proposed as Special Area of Conservation
Somerset Levels World Heritage Site Proposal
Shapwick logboat centenary celebrated
Special book offer!

Annual Conference 2014


The SELRC conference and AGM will take place on Saturday 8th March at the Drill Hall in Chepstow.

 

A flyer on the conference can be found here:  Flyer

  

 

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2011 Annual Conference


The SELRC conference and AGM will take place on Saturday 19th November 2011 at the Drill Hall in Chepstow.

  

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SELRC Annual Conference and AGM


The next SELRC annual conference will take place on Saturday 7th November 2009 at the Drill Hall in Chepstow, South Wales.

The programme details click here:  List of speakers

For booking information click here: Booking

 

 

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April 2009 Newsletter now available


The newly reinstated SELRC newsletter is available to download now, with details on the forthcoming fieldtrip to Lydney and further information relating to forthcoming conferences and editions of the SELRC journals. 
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Fieldtrip to Lydney Victorian Harbour and Roman Temple


A field day has been arranged for Saturday 6th June 2009 to be spent touring the Victorian Harbour at Lydney (in the morning) followed by a private visit to the Roman temple complex in Lydney park in the afternoon.  The afternoon visit is restricted to members of the SELRC and their relations only.
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PEAT MOORS CENTRE TO CLOSE!


Somerset County Council have announced that the well known Peat Moors Centre at Westhay is to close on the 31st of October 2009 as a cost saving measure. The PMC provides a very successful role in allowing adults and school children to get a hands on experience of prehistory through reconstructions of Iron Age roundhouses, a canoe and early prehistoric trackways. The potential closure of the Centre will be a great loss to local schools and the general public. A full programme of events is planned before the Roman army arrives to close the village on Saturday the 31st of October 10am-4pm. Predictable lot these Romans.

Any comments on the planned closure should be sent to Tom Mayberry, Head of Heritage Service, Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY.

The newest roundhouse at the site.

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Severn Estuary proposed as Special Area of Conservation


DEFRA has written to the European Commission to seek SAC (Special Areas of Conservation) status for three estuary sites, the Dee, the Humber and the Severn, to add to the UK's 611 SACs covering just over two and a half million hectares, as part of a long-running process of designation under the EU Habitats Directive.

The Severn Estuary has been selected as one of the best areas in the UK for mudflats, sand flats and Atlantic salt meadows. The estuary is also an important area for migratory fish and as a nursery for juvenile fish of many species.

DEFRA is at pains, however, to point out that SAC designation would not rule out tidal power development, including in the Severn Estuary, in appropriate circumstances. Biodiversity Minister Joan Ruddock said 'In submitting these sites the Government has demonstrated its commitment to the protection and restoration of the UK's richly diverse, and internationally important, wildlife habitats. We will work towards ensuring that our environmental protection agenda and our aim to develop renewable sources of power are complementary.' More detail on the EU designation is at http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/latest/2007/estuaries-0831.htm




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Somerset Levels World Heritage Site Proposal


Special recognition of the Somerset Levels and Moors landscape is being sought through designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to rank alongside places such as Stonehenge and the Grand Canyon.

The Somerset County Council Heritage Service is leading on the proposal in partnership with many local groups. The proposed area is not yet finalised but will include much of the moors because of the areas important wildlife and a rich archaeological heritage ranging from waterlogged prehistoric remains, to medieval canals and reclaimed wetlands. The Abbeys of Glastonbury, Athelney and Muchelney and the Cathedral and Bishops Palace at Wells will also be included because of their extensive landholdings on the moors.

The first stage is to get on the UK’s Tentative List of proposed WHS sites. The DCMS is about to reveal the results of its consultation into WHS in the UK. Find out more details and have your say at www.somerset.gov.uk/whs



Above: Map of Somerset showing the Levels and Moors area in blue. Perhaps as much as 75% of that area could be included in the proposal. (awaiting image)




Above: Glastonbury Tor from Sharpham Moor



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Shapwick logboat centenary celebrated


The 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Iron Age Shapwick logboat was celebrated recently at the Peat Moors Centre, Westhay, just a few hundred yards away from where George Wall originally found the boat on 15th September 1906 when ditching near the Griffin's Head Inn. The boat was then put in the Griffin's Head where George Wilcox (the publican) charged people to have a look. The book is now conserved and on display in the County Museum, Taunton Castle.

The relatives of the four men in the original photograph of the discovery were invited to a celebration involving Iron Age food and a chance to pose beside a replica of the logboat. New information about the discovery was obtained from the relatives and everyone had a good time.



Above: The 1906 discovery, from left to right: Tom Hardwick, Mr. Norris, George Wilcox, George Wall. Griffin's Head Inn in background – Somerset Heritage Service.



Above: Recreation of the photo with the four descendants in front of the replica with an Iron Age replica roundhouse behind – Somerset Heritage Service.



Above: All the assorted members of the Norris, Wilcox and Wall families beside the replica canoe. No Hardwicks could be traced for the event.

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Special book offer!


Two new heritage books are available at special prices.

‘Wet and Wonderful: The Heritage of the Avalon Marshes’ is a 50 page full colour booklet about the archaeology and history of the Brue valley west of Glastonbury including prehistoric trackways and lake villages, Roman salterns, Medieval fisheries and much else up to parliamentary enclosure and WWII defences. “This splendid book provides an excellent one-stop introduction to the fascinating heritage of the Somerset wetlands” –Prof. Mick Aston. £4.95 post free. Saves £2.



‘The Monmouth Rebellion and the Battle of Sedgemoor’ is a full colour 34 page A5 booklet telling the story of the Monmouth Rebellion, the last pitched battle on English soil at Sedgemoor and the bloody aftermath. It contains much original source material and numerous new reconstruction pictures. “This booklet offers an excellent introduction for the general public to one of the most fascinating campaigns in British history” Dr Paul Stamper, Battlefields Inspector, English Heritage £2 post free. Saves £1.



To order either or both book please send your address and a cheque made out to ‘Somerset County Council’ to SELRC website offer, Sarah Bisson, Taunton Castle, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA


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