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A.R.A. EVENTS

2021


Forthcoming events in 2021

We are running a programme of monthly talks by Zoom. Forthcoming talks are listed below: unless otherwise noted, the talks will last about an hour, including time for questions. You will need to register for each talk separately in advance, by clicking on the link for that talk. Please note that the talks will not be available for replay later.

All talks are free to attend and are available to members and to non-members. You may pass on details of these talks to anyone and they can register using the links provided, or you can use the social media buttons on the registration pages in order to share the links to register. Although the talks are free, the ARA does incur substantial costs to run this programme, and we would welcome any donations either by cheque to the Swindon office or, if you do online banking, by electronic transfer to the ARA's account: The Association for Roman Archaeology Ltd, Sort Code 09-01-29, Account Number 07447178. Non-members who are interested in joining the ARA can click the Membership link at the left to see the benefits of membership, and then click the Subscribe link to download a membership application form.

Thursday 10th June at 18:30. Mike Stone will speak about 'Architectural Marvels of Ancient Rome'. Register via Zoom here.

Wednesday 14th July at 18:30. Sam Moorhead will speak on 'Why the Romans Needed Britain'. Register via Zoom here.

Thursday 19th August at 18:30. Mike Stone will speak on 'Roman Trade and Industry in North Wiltshire'. Register via Zoom here.

Thursday 16th September at 18:30. Professor Tony King will speak on 'Roman villas in Italy from Imperial palace to humble farm'. Register via Zoom here.

Additional talks are being arranged and details will be added to this page during the summer.

UK and Overseas Events

All of the overseas study tours that were postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic have been further postponed to 2022.

As the pandemic and associated regulations evolve, we are keeping our plans for UK study tours under review. These events require a significant period of stability to set them up, which has not been the case so far. If any UK events do take place this year, they will be single-day, self-driving visits. Social distancing requirements and the capacity constraints of museums and other indoor spaces may mean that the events are exclusively outdoors. We will publish details on this page when plans are clearer. We will also send details to all members who have provided the Membership Secretary with their email address, and by post to any other members who have expressed an interest. The next edition of ARA News will contain an expression of interest form.

Past Events in 2021

The 2019-20 Annual General Meeting would normally have taken place in November 2020 at the British Museum, followed by a symposium held jointly with the Roman Society. The Covid-19 pandemic caused the AGM to be postponed to 20th March 2021, and it was held online. One hundred and fifteen members attended in addition to all of the trustees and the AGM was followed by a talk from Sam Moorhead on 'Carausius, Allectus and the First Brexit'.

The following online talks have taken place:

15th April: ARA's President, Professor Tony King spoke about 'Two Romano-Celtic temples in southern Britain: Hayling Island and Meonstoke'.

15th May: the much-delayed symposium was held that would usually have been associated with the AGM in November. The subject was New Research on Nero and it was held jointly with the Roman Society and kindly hosted by the British Museum in connection with the exhibition 'Nero: the Man behind the Myth' which opened on 27th May. The speakers were:

-Andrew Burnett, former Deputy Director of the British Museum: 'Augustus and Nero: two emperors who tried to reform the coinage'

-Susie White, Finds Liaison Officer for North Wales, Portable Antiquities Scheme: 'The Rossett Lead Pig and the Governor Trebellius Maximus'

-Ross Thomas, British Museum: 'Gems, 'fakes' and Nero'

-Carey Fleiner, University of Winchester: 'Claudia Octavia, Step-sister and Wife to Emperor Nero: Images and Imagination'

PREVIOUS YEARS

A summary of events held in previous years is shown below as an aide-memoire for members and so that prospective members can see some of the other benefits of membership in addition to the publications and the free/reduced entrance charges at partner sites.


2020


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to hold the following events: One-day self-driving study tour to Binchester and Piercebridge

A guided visit to the excavations at Silchester, followed by the annual dinner, and the next day by a tour of Reading Museum

A long weekend study-tour of sites in Kent

A long weekend study-tour of Thessaloniki and Northern Greece (postponed to 2022)

A long autumn study-tour of Umbria and Tuscany (postponed to 2022)

We provided links to some talks provided by the Colchester Archaeological Trust, which we support.

The 2020 ARA AGM would normally have been held in November at the British Museum, followed by a symposium in association with the Roman Society. The AGM was postponed to March 2021 and held online; see 2021’s schedule above
2019


28 April: Sanctuary of the Healing Dogs: self-drive visit to the Roman temple at Lydney, Gloucestershire

1-12 May: long summer study tour to Athens, Delphi and the Peloponnese

2 July: self-drive visit to Silchester, Hamshire: the second annual visit to the excavations of the monumental public baths at Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum)

3 August: self-drive visit to Verulamium and St Albans, Hertforshire

7 September: lecture and visit to the Last Supper In Pompeii exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

16 November morning: ARA AGM at the British Museum, London. Afternoon: Symposium (in collaboration with the Roman Society): Roman Temples in Britain and Gaul - recent discoveries and interpretations

2018


5 May & 26 May: Self-drive, walking tour of Roman London

21-22 July: Annual Dinner based in Cirencester, followed by visits to the Corinium museum, sites in Cirencester and the archaeological stores at Northleach

9-12 July: short summer study tour to Portugal (Coimbra, Conimbriga, Villa Santiago da Guarda, Villa Cardillio and Lisbon Archaeological Museum). 15 July: Self-drive study day at Silchester: a visit to the re-excavation of the Roman bath house at Silchester

1-10 October: long study tour to Roman north Italy (Via Brisa, San Lorenzo alle Colonne, Brescia; Sirmione, Verona, Trieste, Aquileia and Venice)

17 November morning: ARA AGM at the British Museum, London. Afternoon: joint Symposium with the Roman Society. British Museum, London
2017


18 March: Romans in the Borough of Swindon Day School organised by the Wiltshire Victoria County History and sponsored by ARA

16 December morning: ARA AGM at the British Museum. Afternoon: Symposium on Trajan (in collaboration with the Roman Society)

2016

2 July: Storms, War and Shipwreck: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas. Lecture and visit to the exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

30 & 31 July: Annual Dinner Weekend. Lecture and visit to the Castle Museum and walking tour of Roman Colchester.

12 - 15 August: Long weekend summer tour: Hadrian's Wall revisited (Carvoran Roman Army Museum, Vindolanda excavations, Temple of Mithras nr Carrawburgh Fort, Housesteads Roman fort, Hexham Abbey, Corbridge, Arbeia fort, Great North Museum)

4 - 13 October Celts, Greeks and Romans study tour to the South of France (part I)

5 November morning: ARA AGM at the British Museum. Afternoon: symposium (in collaboration with the Roman Society): Endangered Roman archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa

12 November: Self-drive study tour to the Roman Baths and Roman Bath




2015


24th to 27th July: UK Study Weekend, in Exeter
15th/16th August: Annual Dinner, in Durham
30th August: Druce Farm Villa
3rd October: London's Big Dig, a half day walking tour
5th October to 16th October: Rome Study Tour
7th November: AGM, at the British Museum.



2014


17th May: Self-drive visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace
26th April: Bignor Roman Villa and Arundel Castle
12-13th July: Annual Dinner Weekend, Carlisle. Maryport Roman Temples Excavations and Senhouse Roman Museum
15-18th August: Long weekend summer tour. The Corieltauvi and the Romans in Lincolnshire.
30th August: Self-drive visit to Piddington Roman Villa Excavations and Museum.
14th September: Self-drive visit to Rockbourne Roman villa and new Wessex Galleries, Salisbury Museum.
10-19th October: Roman Southern Spain Study Tour1st November - Annual General Meeting & Symposium

2013


27th April: Bradford-on-Avon, 'Roman Wiltshire Day' Victoria County Histories of England, a fundraising day as 'Roman Wiltshire', done in conjunction with the ARA
29th June: Self-drive tour to Gloucester City Museum and Chedworth Roman Villa
6th July: Telford / Wroxeter Annual Dinner Weekend
9-12th August: Summer Long Weekend Tour to the Portsmouth and Chichester area; including Butser, Worthing Museum, Bignor and Fishbourne
25th August: Self-drive tour to Ashstead in Surrey to the tile production site excavations
12-26th October: 9 day study tour to the Bay of Naples area
2nd November: Annual General Meeting and Symposium, the British Museum
2012


3rd November: Annual General Meeting and Symposium, the British Museum

2011


10-11th June: Annual Dinner Weekend: The Museums of Cambridge
22nd-25th July: Long Weekend Summer Tour: Roman North Wales
7th August: Self Drive Day Tour: Folkstone Excavation
13th August: Self Drive Day Tour: Silchester Excavation
22nd Sept: 2nd Oct - ARA Study Tour to Jordan
26th November: Annual General Meeting and Symposium, The British Museum

2010


19-20th June: Annual Dinner Weekend, Roman Forts of the Saxon Shore in Hampshire
9-12th July: Long Weekend Summer Tour - Forts of the Saxon Shore, Part 2
1st August: Self Drive Day Tour - The Hallaton Treasue and All Saints Church, Brixworth, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire
November: Annual General Meeting, the British Museum

2009


May 16/17th Annual Dinner and Roman Wiltshire, Basingstoke
June 13/14th Roman Villas in Britain Conference, British Museum
August 14/17th Forts of the Saxon Shore, Ashford, Kent
Sept 20th Roman London (Mr M Stone)
November 20/27th Classical and Roman Libya (Mr B Walters)
December 5th Annual General Meeting, The British Museum

2008


1st -9th April: Roman Bulgaria (Prof Andrew Poulter)
25th May: Roman Wales (Caerleon and Caerwent) (Mr B Walters)
25th-28th July: Antonine Wall (Dr N Hodgson)
23rd-24th August: Roman Chester (Deva: Dr T Willmot)
21st Sept: Roman St Albans (Verulamium) (Mr B Walters)
15t Nov: Annual General Meeting The British Museum