Future events

With great regret we wish to inform you that this year’s Bede lecture, intended to be held on 18th April at the Bede Museum, Jarrow Hall, has been postponed.  Because of the COVID-19 outbreak the museum is now closed.  We will stay in touch with the lecturer, Professor Susan Oosthuizen, to arrange another date later in the year when the position is clearer. As soon as we have a new date we will let you know.

Additionally the Tyne Churches visit on 30th May is also being postponed. This week’s news from the Church of England is that all public services in its churches have been suspended and therefore access for groups such as ours must be suspended also.

Please be assured that once restrictions are lifted the Committee will work hard to provide Friends with an interesting and informative programme of lectures, visits and events in return for your loyalty to the principles of Bede and the work  of the museum.

Saturday 18th April 2020

The Friends of the World of Bede are delighted to invite you to the 2020 Bede Lecture, on Saturday, 18 April 2020.  It will be held at the Bede Museum, Jarrow Hall at 11.00am.  Tea/coffee will be served on arrival.

This year’s lecturer will be Professor Susan Oosthuizen, whose lecture will be entitled ‘Society and commons in the early medieval landscape, c400-800 AD’.

Susan Oosthuizen is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.  Her research focuses on the transformation of early medieval fields and pastures, and their systems of governance, from Roman Britain, many of which had much more ancient origins.  She has carried out detailed regional studies of English rural settlement and husbandry, and in the rights and responsibilities associated with ‘common land’ between c400 and 1300AD.

Admission to the lecture is free to members of the Friends of the World of Bede and costs £1 for non-members, plus the normal museum admission if they wish to visit the rest of the museum.

Saturday, 21st March :  Ripon Cathedral

Unfortunately due to the low level of take-up this event will not now go ahead.  we will try to put together a new date in the future.

Saturday, 30th May :  Tyne Churches

Led by our Vice-Chair, Dr Eric Cambridge, the tour will take in (subject to availability) the Saxon churches at Ovingham, Bywell (St Andrew’s and St Peter’s), Corbridge and Wilfrid’s great abbey at Hexham.  Details to follow.  All five sites are quite close together but we could consider hiring a coach / minibus from Jarrow if members would find that helpful.  It would be good to know if you would like us to look into this.  Please email Shirley.johnson000@btinternet.com if you would be interested.

Past events

On Saturday, 7 December at 11.00 am. The Bede Museum, Jarrow Hall Richard and Liz Walsh, gave a lecture entitled:  The Eighth-Century Scientist.  The Venerable Bede wrote very widely on a range of topics that the modern reader would consider “Science”, including medicine, astronomy, metrology, geology and the measurement of time and space. We heard from ‘Yrmenlaf’ (Richard Walsh), a visitor from the eighth century who has read many of Bede’s “scientific” texts, and understood much of them.  ‘Yrmenlaf’ was interviewed by Richard’s wife, Liz, and used a number of scientific aids to demonstrate Bede’s teaching on science.  This was a fascinating lecture followed by a very interesting discussion.

Saturday, 26 October 2019, 11.00 am at the Bede Museum, Jarrow Hall Lecture by Dr Eric Cambridge ‘Reconsidering St Cuthbert’s Relics’.  This lecture challenged the conventional view that St Cuthbert was enshrined with many of the relics that still survive today as early as his original enshrinement in 698. Dr Cambridge looked at the evidence that some of the relics have histories of their own, which suggests a different and more complex story, and considered the implications of documentary records of other relics, now lost, to suggest an alternative context for when these objects might have been assembled together in the saint’s coffin – and what light that might shed on the changing outlook of the community that tended his shrine.

Friends’ visit to excavations at Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle Saturday, 14 September.The first visit of the day was to the early site at Holy Island, which was very enjoyable – many thanks to David Petts and the team.   During the afternoon Friends enjoyed visiting the excavation at Bamburgh, where early radiocarbon dates have just been revealed, again very many thanks to the site team.

The Friends of the World of Bede AGM took place at the Bede Museum on 6th July 2019 at 12 noon. The Friends of the World of Bede AGM 2019

On Saturday 18th May, 2019, at the Bede Museum, Jarrow Hall, we took part in a busy programme of events, including a presentation to Dame Rosemary Cramp, an enjoyable talk by Belinda Burke about her book, a talk from Hannah Russ of DigVentures, a talk from Jonathan Adams and music from the Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir.  18th May event at Bede Museum

On Saturday 9th February, 2019, at the Bede Museum, Jarrow Hall, we enjoyed a very interesting and information talk and demonstration from our Friends Richard and Liz Walsh. Anglo-Saxon vernacular music talk and demonstration 9th February, 2019

There was a Friends visit to the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms Exhibition at The British Library, St Pancras, London, on 29th November, 2018. Visit to the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition

The Friends visited  Holy Island on 14th September 2018, and were shown round the excavation by Dr David Petts. Visit to Holy Island

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