Field Trip 2005 - Newcastle

Buried Treasure Exhibition Newcastle
              / Brigantium Archaeological Park

This year's summer excursion will take place on Saturday 11 June, when we will be visiting the Buried Treasure Exhibition which is currently on display at the Hancock Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne. On the way, we will stop to visit the archaeological park at Brigantium, at Rochester near Otterburn on the A68.

The main goal of our field trip is the Hancock Museum, Newcastle which is currently the venue for Buried Treasure: finding our past. This is the first major national touring exhibition of British archaeology in over 20 years, and is the result of a unique collaboration between the British Museum and four other major UK museums.

The exhibition is not showing in Scotland so this offers your only easily accessible opportunity to see a display bringing together some of the most spectacular archaeological treasures found in Britain.

One of the aims of the exhibition is to show how much 'chance' archaeological discoveries have revolutionised the understanding of our past. It celebrates the role of the general public in discovering treasures over the centuries, from farmers ploughing fields to metal detector users today. Many of the treasures are on public view for the first time. The stunning range of objects on display includes

  • the Mildenhall treasure of Roman silver
  • the Ringlemere gold cup which dates from the Bronze Age
  • the Hoxne hoard of gold and silver bracelets and coins
  • the Snettisham hoard of beautiful gold torcs
  • rare Iron Age Celtic jewellery, found in Winchester
  • Viking artefacts including the Lewis Chessmen
  • and many more!

Set in central Newcastle, there are plenty of places to eat in the Hancock Museum or in the surrounding area, but please feel free to bring food and/or refreshments to sustain you for the whole day if you wish.

Please also remember to take stout footwear and waterproofs for the visit to Brigantium archaeological park.

The cost of the excursion will be 21 per person (18-50 for concessions), payable in advance with the enclosed booking form: this will cover the following

  •   coach hire (but not the driver's gratuity)
  •   group entrance charge to Brigantium
  •   group entrance charge to Buried Treasure Exhibition
  •   administrative costs

We shall be travelling by 49-seater coach so the more people that sign up for the excursion the better. Booking will be on a first-come first-served basis.

There will be a choice of two pick-up points:

          Corn Exchange. Bigger at 8.00am
          Eastqate Car Park, Peebles at 8.30am

You must indicate your chosen rendezvous point on the enclosed booking form. Please note that owing to the tight schedule, it will not be possible to delay departure for latecomers! The estimated time for return to Biggar is provisionally about 7.00pm.

The exhibition has been travelling England and Wales since 2004: it is not showing at a Scottish venue, and so this excursion offers an ideal opportunity to see some of those internationally famous treasures that you may have otherwise only read about in books or magazines. Non-members are very welcome to attend - so please do tell your friends and book early to avoid disappointment!

Trevor Cowie Chairman





24 Feb, 2013

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