The Great Flu pandemic of 1918
Saturday 12 May 1pm to 2.30pm
The 1918 flu pandemic was a lethal outbreak of influenza which infected 500 million people around the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and resulted in the deaths of 50 to 100 million (three to five percent of the world's population) making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. It killed the young and not the old, and was spread around the world by troops returning home after the First World War. It was known as Spanish flu because the other warring countries of Europe would not admit to having it – Spain did because it was neutral, and its King almost died. Discover the effects of this outbreak and the efforts to counteract it.
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Shining a light on the 5th century AD in Surrey and the South-East: how did Roman Britain become Saxon England?
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 09:30 to 17:45 Ticket Price: £15.00 (includes morning and afternoon refreshments)
Venue : Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BE
Surrey Archaeological Society is holding a major conference centred on the period between about AD 410 to AD 470 when, in our part of the country, Roman Britain became Saxon England.
The South-East corner of England ought to be a key area in the understanding of this period. It has long been recognised that a simple 'invasion and replacement' demographic model should not be imposed in this, or any other region of England. Here (again, as elsewhere) there are clear examples of important elements of the Late Roman infrastructure of sites and roads emerging as components of the Early Anglo-Saxon settlement pattern. But we still have very little archaeological evidence for the period, in particular from c. AD 410-470.
The aim of the conference is to bring together a number of scholars with relevant expertise from each side of this gap and challenge them to say what they think was happening. Were many of the ‘Saxons’ here before the end of the Roman period? Is there a case for much more assimilation and continuity than is suggested in the traditional histories of the period? Can we arrive at a new model for the transition from Roman to Saxon in the South-East that takes account of current understanding of the later Roman and early Saxon periods, and establish a programme of work by which the model could be tested?
The conference is hosted by Surrey Archaeological Society and one of its aims will be to provide a basis for future research in the (historic) county.
10.00 Chair - Simon Esmonde Cleary Welcome and introductory remarks
10.10 Late Roman coinage in south-eastern England and beyond
Dr Peter Guest, Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Cardiff University
10.50 Coffee and tea
11.30 Pottery, power and small worlds at the end of Roman Britain
Dr James Gerrard, Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Newcastle University
12.10 Thinking about transitions: perspectives from Eastern England
Dr Sam Lucy, Fellow of Newnham College, University of Cambridge
14.00 Inheritance and transformation: engaging with the past in the early medieval funerary landscape of south-east England
Dr Kate Mees, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Durham
14.40 The Upper Thames Valley in the 5th Century and the origins of Wessex
Prof. Helena Hamerow, Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology, Institute of Archeology, University of Oxford
16.00 A discussion of the material evidence for the transitional period
Prof. John Hines, Professor of Archaeology, Cardiff University [to be read by Lisa Backhouse]
16.40 Exploring the post-Roman to early Anglo-Saxon transition in SE Britain: new perspectives from Quoit Brooch style metalwork
Dr Ellen Swift, Reader in Archaeology, University of Kent
17.20 Chair Discussion and closing comments
Tickets are £15 and available online via the website or by post ( booking form )
Bourne Hall Museum - Summer Walks 2018
Join David Brooks on the following walks during July - August
Horton and the Manor Hospital Chalk Lane to World’s End
Epsom’s Oldest Road Epsom Downs
South Street and Dorking Road Nonsuch Park and Palace
Ashley Road Cemetery, 2 walks Epsom Common and Spa
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