This newsletter marks the beginning of out new financial year. We welcome new members and would invite everyone to send in their subscriptions for 1971/2 to the new Treasurer, Mr. Richard Beacon. The current subscription rate is 75p.
June 3rd ... Lecture by Dr. Ian Gilliland, MD, FRCP, on MASADA at the Central Library, The Burroughs, NW4 at 8.15 p.m.
From October 1971, at St. Mary's Church House, Church End, Hendon, NW4 every third Tuesday of the month. Please note change both of venue and date.
At the AGM on 18th May 1971, the Chairman reported a busy and active year. The work of the Research Committee is progressing well and the outings and lectures have been well supported. As ever, finance is a problem, and although there is a small credit balance, new ways of raising money must be found to back the increasing range of activities of the Society. A vote of thanks was given to the retiring Treasurer, Mrs. Isaaman, for all that she has done for the Society. The Auditor, Mr. W. C. Cogman was thanked for hiw work on the accounts. Mrs. Worby was warmly thanked for all the work she has done in the past, particularly envelope addressing. After refreshments, a varied programme was offered to the audience - Mrs. Hiscock, the Borough Archivist, displayed old photographs and prints of Hendon for identification - the Sparks brothers of East Barnet Cine Society showed a film they had made about the Battle of Barnet - Mr. Brian Robertson spoke about the search for Roman Hendon.
We can be proud of the part which HADAS has played over the past two years in planning and producing the Quincentenary Exhibition of the Battle of Barnet. For a three week period during April the mists of time shrouding the event were lifted. The main exhibition was visited by an estimated 10,000 people. A diorama containing 2,000 battling figures was arranged by the London War Games Section. Banners of the main contestants hung around the hall (these, designed by the Heraldic Design Class of Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute, were exceptionally well executed by different women's organisations in the area). Brass rubbings were mounted up the approach staircase and cases around the room contained relics of the period.
The Richard III Society exhibited an absorbing reconstruction of the controversial evidence concerning this Prince's place in history. Three of our younger members were largely responsible for setting up the stimulating exhibition of children's work.
Please read the enclosed leaflet RESCUE. This, a new trust for British Archaeology recently set up, urgently needs an initial membership of 100,000. Will all members of HADAS please consider joining this new venture, and encourage friends and families to join as well, even though they are not archaeologists. Minimum subscription is £1.
This quarterly publication, first appearance in Winter of 1968, badly wants to extend its readership. The Spring 1971 issue carries a report with good illustrations on the Greenwich Palace dig by Philip Dixon, our speaker last January on this subject. Two of our members also contribute articles. Paul Carter and Brian Robertson. Subscription (4 issues) costs only 60p a year post free.
The Society received high praise for its exhibit at the Annual Conference of London Archaeologists, organised by the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society. Some of the Brockley Hill finds were displayed, including flints, mortarium stamps, pottery and bronze. We also showed resistivity meter surveying and maps of the Victorian postal history of Barnet.
Every Wednesday evening at the Sculpture Studio, Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute between 7 - 9.30, work proceeds on this pottery. This is an outstanding opportunity for HADAS members to get used to handling and recognising Roman pottery of several periods. Please come along. Beginners welcome.
Now members are getting busy in their gardens again, we would like to hear from anyone who finds clay pipes (especially bowls). We are trying to trace clay pipe makers, both in the Borough of Barnet and at Highgate. Anyone who can help with the above should contact Jeremy Clynes.
Nether Street, Finchley - first digging date for your diary is the weekend of June 19/20, when we hope to open two trenches in the grounds of Mr. Simmon's nursery gardens at 166, Nether Street, N3. Work will commence at 10 on both days. The area available for digging is small, so please let Mrs. Grafton Green know soon if you would like to take part.
May 8th - June 13th 1971. This exhibition includes rubbings from Hendon, Harrow, the City of London, St. Albans and many other places. These are of great historical interest. Open 10.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. (closed 12.30 - 1.3o p.m.), Tuesdays (10.00 am to 1.00 p.m. only, Sundays .30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. Admission free.
The Society will show a small selection of the Brockley Hill finds
during Suburb week by kind permission of Mr. Enderby, in the Art Annexe
of Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute. On show June 30th.