Number  555                             June  2017                      Edited by Sue Willetts




Tuesday 13th June 2017: 7.30 pm ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – See below


NB Summer break from lecture season – lectures re-start in October


Monday 25th-Friday 29th September: HADAS Trip to Frodsham.


Tuesday 10th October 2017: “The Curtain” Playhouse Excavations, by Heather Knight,



Tuesday 14th November 2017: The Battle of Barnet Project, by Sam Wilson. 


Lectures are held at Avenue House, 17 East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE, and start promptly at 8 pm, with coffee/tea and biscuits afterwards. Non-members: £1. Buses 13, 125, 143, 326

& 460 pass nearby, and Finchley Central station (Northern Line) is a 5-10 minute walk away.                                     

Reminder:    Annual General Meeting:


Tuesday 13th June at 7.30pm at Stephens House and Gardens (formerly Avenue House).  Please note the slightly earlier start than usual.


If you are unable to attend please register your apologies with the Secretary Jo Nelhams by email or phone. Details on the back of the Newsletter.  AGM papers were distributed / attached to the previous newsletter.


We hope to see many of you there, also to support the President Harvey Sheldon, who will lead a presentation, after the AGM, on the excavation at Lant Street in Southwark in 1999, the finds of which are being studied and are being recorded by the HADAS Finds Group.   Please come and support your Society.   Jo Nelhams  


HADAS Christmas Party 

The HADAS Christmas Party will take place on Sunday 10th December at Avenue House. As in 2016, we will have a cooked Christmas Lunch in the Drawing Room. More details will follow nearer the date.

             “Bus pass” Outings                                                                                      Jim Nelhams

Members will be aware that we have not had any one day outings recently.


One reason for this is that hiring a coach for a day now costs around £600. This cost has to be shared between those on an outing, so if we have 40 people, it’s £15 each, and for just 30, it’s

£20. “Bus pass” outings are intended to overcome this problem.


In simple terms, we agree a time and destination, and people make their own transport arrangements. We suggest a meeting place and visit as a group. So if the outing is within the London area, those with a bus pass, which is probably the majority, will have no transport costs to pay. We would like to try it and see how it works.


The suggested destination for our first trip is the Tunnel exhibition at the Docklands Museum. It is open until December and features finds from the Crossrail project and information about the construction. The Museum and exhibition is free, though donations are welcomed. The Museum also has a permanent display about docklands.


I have already circulated the idea to our email list and had over 25 positive responses.

So that we can give those that work a chance to come, I am suggesting that we try two dates (at no extra cost), Thursday 29th June and Sunday 2nd July. If you would like to come along, please let us know which date you would like. If you cannot make either, we might consider a third date if sufficient can make it. Please call me or Jo, or email. Our contact information appears at the back of this newsletter. Friends and family would be welcome.


Our planned meeting point would be West India Quay station on the Docklands Light

Railway. The trains are from Bank station with the destination of Lewisham. Meeting time at 11:00. We could have an interim meeting point on the DLR platform at Bank Station at around 10:30. Fuller information can be sent later.


The Museum has a small café but there is a pub next door and several restaurants nearby, or you can bring your own lunch. 


After viewing the museum, you would be free to make your own way home, or to visit somewhere else.  



Barnet Museum

The Museum has appointed a coordinator for their newest heritage project – on the Battle of Barnet – to explain the battle of 1471. This will be led by Helen Giles, who has more than 17 years’ experience working in museums and heritage.  The project has secured a lottery grant of £98,600 to educate the community and develop resources and activity about the battle and its role in English history.  Ms Giles said: “I am sure that for many people Barnet’s role in the Wars of the Roses, and its connection to Richard III, is an untold story.”  “My aim will be to do all I can to help the dedicated team at Barnet Museum build on their local heritage.”    

Copped Hall Trust Archaeological Project (CHTAP)


CHTAP will be running its usual series of taster weekends and field schools at Copped Hall (on the edge of Epping Forest) - an important archaeological site with a complex sequence of building phases, its recorded history starts in the 12th century. These weekends and field schools will take place on the site of the earlier mansion, ‘Old’ Copped Hall, which stood at the northern end of the gardens and was demolished in 1748. The site is mainly Tudor, but previous archaeological finds have dated from the prehistoric all the way to modern times. The three taster weekends in July will be open to all, including complete beginners, and are designed to teach the absolute basics of archaeology and excavation. In August, two five-day field schools will be held for those who have already learnt the basics of excavation and recording and wish to develop their skills further. The aim of the schools will be to advance the archaeology of old Copped Hall.


Taster weekends: Archaeology: 15-16 or 22-23 July, Geophysics: 29-30 July 2017.                           

Cost:    Taster weekend: £60 per person 

Field schools : Saturday 12 – Wednesday 16 August; Saturday 26 – Wednesday 30 August.  Field school: £100 per person (non residential) for non-West Essex Archaeological Group members and £80 for WEAG. 


For more information or to make a booking contact:  Mr Andrew Madeley (Tel 020 8491

6514) email: or


British Archaeology festival This year from 15-30 July 2017 

The Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology has hundreds of events celebrating archaeology.  There are currently (22.5.17) 11 events listed for Greater London for all periods of Archaeology: For more details, please check the general website


COLAS at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Sat 1st July 2017

Young archaeologists, thrilling discoveries at Kingston Museum Sat 15th July 2017

COLAS at Nunhead Cemetery Open Day Sat 20th May 2017

Interactive archaeology tour at Fulham Palace Sun 23rd July 2017

Blood Royal: Picturing the Tudor Monarchy Mon 24th July 2017 - Fri 25th Aug 2017

Londinium: The Roman city Fri 28th July 2017

Sensory town tour with Kingston Museum Fri 28th July 2017 

Upminster Windmills Archaeology Fun Day Fri 28th July 2017

Ice Sunday at London Canal Museum: opportunity to enter the ice wells Sun 30th July 2017 

Roman days at Brent Museum Various dates

Upminster Windmill's Victorian garden dig and talk  Various dates


Conference: Sculptural Display: Ancient and Modern 

organised by the Hellenic and Roman Societies Wed 28 June 2017, 10:30 – 18:30:  Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU. 

10.30 Doors to Beveridge Hall open

11.00 Welcome – Professor Catharine Edwards (President, Roman Society) 

Chair and respondent – Dr Lesley Fitton (British Museum)

11.15 Professor Olga Palagia (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens): Sculptural

Display in ancient Greek temples

12.00 Dr Kenneth Lapatin (The J. Paul Getty Museum): The Sculptures of the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum - and Beyond  

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Dr Thorsten Opper (British Museum): Sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa during the Age of the Grand Tour

Chair and respondent – Dr Michael Squire (King’s College London)

15.00 Dr Paul Roberts (Ashmolean): From the Parian to a pug: The Arundel marbles in the Ashmolean

15.45 Tea

16.15 Dr Bruce Boucher (Soane Museum): The historic display of sculpture at the Soane


17.00 Professor Whitney Davis (University of California at Berkeley): The Multifacial

Conundrum in Classical and Modern Sculpture  

18.00 Closing words - Professor Robert Fowler (President, Hellenic Society)

Admission is free, and includes a sandwich lunch and tea in the afternoon. It is necessary to register for this event using the eventbrite link


Advance notice: 

Conference: Celebrating 50 years of the journal Britannia is not

until Saturday 4th November in Senate House, University of London, but this is bound to be very popular so if you are interested – please register as soon as possible.


While the event is free, there is a small charge if you would like to have lunch. To book lunch please contact   



Tunnel: the archaeology of Crossrail  

As well as the exhibition at the Museum of London - Docklands there is also a new website which uses a series of 360-degree panoramic images from the exhibition and takes visitors on a journey along the route of the new railway, with photographs and footage captured during archaeological excavations. Ten new rotating images have also been released including: 8,000 year-old flint scraper tool from Woolwich; a Roman cremation urn, a disarticulated skull and bronze coin from Liverpool Street; a Tudor wooden bowling ball, a 16th Century ceramic mercury jar and a 18th Century Chinese Pearlware bowl all from Stepney Green.

University College London, Institute of Archaeology’s new MA in Museum Studies student exhibition, Sex and Symbolism:

This opened to the public on 8th May and runs until 27th April 2018 in the A.G. Leventis

Gallery of Cypriot and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PY. It uses art, archaeology, and modern material culture to explore how seduction, sensuality, and sex have been represented through time. 


Petrie Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place, University College London, WC1E 6BT Different-perspectives: Archaeology and the Middle East in World

War One  (16th May-30th Sep 2017).

 World War I had a profound impact in and on the Middle East, the repercussions of which are still felt today. This exhibition touches on the significant, and often emotive, events and issues that took place. At the age of 61 Flinders Petrie tried to enlist for service but could only watch as those around him put on military uniforms and as battles were fought near to or in the places he knew so well in Egypt and Palestine. 


Petrie was based in London throughout the war, opening a museum of Egyptian Archaeology at University College in 1915 shortly after major Zeppelin bombing raids. The exhibition has a series of panels which include:


Ways of Seeing about technical advancements in map making and aviation changed the war; 


Petrie’s Pups explores what four of Petrie’s students did during the war, including becoming some of the first ‘monuments men’; 


Voices from the Region considers the use of Arab and Egyptian archaeological workforces and the impact of the war on people in the Middle East; 


The Role of Women sketches how women were involved, such as the intelligence agent Gertrude Bell and fundraiser Hilda Petrie; 


Gathering Intelligence details the exploits of some of the intelligence agents, such as T. E. Lawrence and technical innovations


New Book Information


Clive Orton, Emeritus Professor of Quantitative Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL has published his memoirs Degrees of Freedom: and other episodes in an archaeological life. Copies are available from Clive directly (email: at £5 (cash / cheque only please) or can be posted for an extra £1 charge. 



Books on Offer


Two books in good condition, available to the first person to ask: 



Symbols of Power – in the time of Stonehenge   DV Clarke, TH Cowie, A Foxon (HMSO 1985). This beautifully illustrated and classic book derives from an Edinburgh exhibition in 1985.   £12 upwards online.

The Upper Palaeolithic of Britain – A study of man and nature in the Ice Age (Vol. II only) John B Campbell (Clarendon Press, 1977)   Full of useful analysis of climate and environment, Vol. II is all illustrations, maps, and gazeteers of sites and artifacts.     



              OTHER SOCIETIES’ EVENTS                                        compiled by Eric Morgan


Sunday 11th June. Barnet Museum & Local History Society. Old Court House, behind Barnet Museum, Wood St., Barnet. Medieval Festival including re-enactments, music. Free entry


Saturday 17th June 11 am – 5.00 pm.  Friary Park Community Day. Friary House, 

Friary Park, Friary Road, Friern Barnet, N20 ONR.  Entertainment including Local History. Finchley Society will have a stand.  

Sunday 25th June The East Finchley Festival. Cherry Tree Wood, off High Rd, East Finchley, N2, opp. Station for entrance. Entertainment & stalls including ones for Finchley Society & HADAS. 


Saturday 1st July 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Christ Church, North Finchley. Corner High Rd / Christchurch Ave. ‘Open House’ celebrating 150th anniversary of the Church. Tours, exhibition, refreshments etc. Sunday 2nd July. Bishop of Edmonton will conduct the morning service, followed by a street party.


Saturday 1st July 8.15 am.  Barnet Museum and Local History Society. Coach outing to

Charleston House & Lewes.  Charleston Houe was the home / garden / meeting place for The Bloomsbury Group. The interior was painted by Duncan Grant & Vanessa Bell. The visit includes refreshments and a private tour of the house -  thereafter a visit to Lewes arriving

c.1.30 pm - leaving c.5.00 pm. Departure is from The Everyman (formerly Odeon) cinema, Great North Rd, Barnet.  Cost is £31.00. Send cheques payable to Barnet Museum and Local History Society with details of names, address, phone number to: Dennis Bird, 87 Hadley Highstone, Barnet, EN5 4QQ. Tel 020 8449 0705 who will phone you to confirm booking.


Saturday 1st July 8.30 am.  Hornsey Historical Society, Coach outing to Pevensey Castle & Battle Abbey led by Stephen Hooking (of Battlefield Tours) which will cover the Norman invasion, Pevensey Castle, history of guns / gunpowder and the Battle of Hastings. Cost: £39.75 and covers coach, entrance fees, walk around Senlac Field and services of tour guide, but not including lunch. Departure from Queen’s Ave, Tetherdown Junction, Muswell Hill off Fortis Green Rd or The Old School House, Tottenham Lane, N8 7EL (corner Rokesby Avenue) at 8.45 am. Please state pick-up point when booking. 


Email or ring / text 07757 414363 stating phone number/ email. For confirmation and final details send SAE only if have no email to Rachael Macdonald, 13A Palmerston RD, Bowes Park, London, N22 8QH. Cheques to Hornsey Historical Society

Saturday 1st July & Sunday 2nd July 12.00 – 7.00 pm. East Barnet Festival. Oak Hill Park, Church Hill Rd, East Barnet. Community & craft stalls plus entertainment.


Thursday 6th July 8.00 pm.  Barnet Museum and Local History Society. Pennefather Hall, Battle of Barnet, Battlefield poetry. Talk by Clare Mulley, Battlefields Trust poet in residence reading from her work including “Thorn Kings”. Tickets on door £3.00 members, £5.00 non-members. Refreshments.


Friday 7th July 7.45 pm.  Enfield Archaeological Society. Joint meeting with Edmonton Hundred Historical Society. Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Junction with Chase Side, Enfield, EN2 OAJ Geoffrey Gillam Memorial Lecture: Digs at Upminster Windmill 2016. Les Capon, AOC. Visitors £1.50 Refreshments, sales and information 7.30 pm 


Sunday 9th July. Bothy Garden open, Avenue House see entry for 16th July.


Tuesday 11th July 7.45 pm. “Virtual Fieldwork using Google Earth” by Ian Watkinson. 

Now meeting at a new venue: Finchley Baptist Church Hall.  5 East End Road, Finchley, London N3 3QL. This is almost opposite Avenue House/Stephens House. Limited parking at the Hall but free parking in East End Road.


Wednesday 12th – Sunday 16th; Tuesday 18th – Sunday 23rd JulyEnfield Archaeology Society: Extended excavation at Elysing Palace (Forty Hall) Enfield EN2. If you are interested in getting involved contact the Fieldwork Director, Dr Martin Dearne, Also see Enfield Archaeological Society – which has information / photographs from the 2016 season.


Sunday 16th July 12:00 - 17:00.  Avenue House, (Stephen’s House & Garden) 17 East End Road, N3 3QE. Summer Garden Fête.  A day of fun and games with food, craft stalls and a brass band.  Admission to the gardens is free. There will be community stalls including HADAS.  Sunday 9th July The Bothy Garden will be open from 1pm – 5pm. Lunch is available in the House from 12-3.00 pm. NB HADAS members meet in the basement room most Sundays from 10.30 am


Tuesday 18th July 11:00 - 15:30.  Mill Hill Historical Society. Visit to the Musical Museum and the Steam & Water Museum at Kew Closing date for booking 30th June. Meet 11:00 at the Musical Museum, 399 High Street, Brentford. Morning: Guided tour Lunch: Own arrangements - each museum has a café, otherwise there are pubs by Kew Bridge or take a picnic to enjoy by the river.  Afternoon:

Visit to the Steam & Water Museum, Kew Cost: £16.50. Send cheque made payable to Mill Hill Historical Association and SAE to Julia Haynes, 38 Marion Road, Mill Hill, NW7 4AN.  For info / bookings: 020 8906 0563 or email 


Saturday 22nd July 12.00 – 5.00pm. Forty Hall and Estate  is hosting a Public Open Day with the Museum open and a stall from the Enfield Archaeological Society. The Forty Hall oral history project will be launched. Other events include interactive park trails, illustrated talks on the landscape and history of the park, guided walks, barbeque / refreshments. Free admission.  Part of the Love Parks Week.