We wish to bring to members' particular notice the forthcoming lecture n 16th November 1971 at 8.15 p.m. at St. Mary's Church Hall, Greyhound Hill, NW4. This will be given by Dr. John Alexander, Staff Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of London. His subject is "RESCUE" if which he is a founder member. This is a new trust started by six well-known archaeologists nine months ago, because they were becoming alarmed at the gathering momentum of the threat to our archaeological past. Deep ploughing, the extraction industries with their huge quarries, new housing and road building and other modern techniques have accelerated the destruction of sites. Ours is the last generation that may be able to read the evidence of aerial photography, and the last generation that can do something to save the evidence that still remains. Do come and learn what can be done, and bring all those who may share your interest, so that a bumper audience may encourage those whop endeavour to further the cause of Archaeology.
Members may be interested to have details of two meetings locally in November. The first on 12th November is at Burgh House, New End Square, NW3 at 8 p.m. T.G.H. Jones, MA, will give an illustrated talk on "The Tomb of Tutankhamun" for the Hampstead Branch of the Historical Association. The second, on 17th November at North Finchley Library, at 8.15 p.m. will be given by Susan Swanton on "Pilgrimage to Petra". This will be illustrated by slides and is one of a series of winter lectures arranged by Barnet Library Services.
With great sadness we report the death, on 25th October, of Jennifer Digby, a member of our Society for the past three years. She served on the Research Committee for most of that time and subsequently on the main committee. An archivist by profession, Jennifer played an active part in many research projects, particularly those relating to her own area of Finchley. She organised the survey of the moat at Manor House, East End Road, Finchley in 1969-70, and had hoped to organise a dig there next year. Last August, she was working on the Roman Hendon Exhibition, and even paid a visit to Brent Lodge dig on 23-24 October. Her presence will be greatly missed by the Research Committee, and the Society has lost a kind and friendly colleague who was also a trained and highly intelligent worker.
Many members will be familiar with the blue plaques put up by the old Hendon Borough Council to commemorate such places as the site of Sulloniacae at Brockley Hill, the old pound at the top of Bell Lane, Wyldes Farm, The White Bear, or the "Abbotts Bower" in Parson Street. The Society is trying to compile a list of these - and any others put up by the LCC or GLC or other borough councils, within the Borough of Barnet. Details and location of plaques other than those mentioned above (some may indicate the former house of a notable person, or site of an historical building) will be welcomed by Mrs. Grafton Green or Mr. E. Sammes.
This exhibition at Church Farm Museum may be counted as a considerable success. The Borough Librarian gives the attendance figure as 2,711 and adds "This is a very high figure, and I am sure your members who worked so hard to make it a success will be gratified by the result." Some 1,200 copies of the exhibition catalogue were produced, and at one stage, unfortunately, the stencils gave out. Over 20 members joined the Society, some from as far away as Muswell Hill, Wembley and Borehamwood.
Thirleby Road - Two further trenches were opened on October 9/10 on this site, where 3rd century Roman pottery and a coin had been found in July. The owner kindly allowed his front lawn to be excavated. The area dug was small and the dig began at the end of a period of prolonged drought. The ground beneath the turf proved so hard that trowelling was almost impossible except after heavy watering. Progress was therefore slow. So far, fragments of Roman pottery have been found. The excavation continues.