Bedale Archaeology & History Society

Programme 2022


6 Sept. The Black Rood of Scotland(1) David Willem, historian
4 Oct     The Percival Turnbull Memorial Lecture : Engraved Gems (2)

Revd Dr Martin Henig MA, DPhil, DLitt, FSA, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

1 Nov LIDAR – Archaeological Advances in the North York Moors National Park Graham Lee, former Archaeology Officer, NYM NP
6 Dec         The 1745 Jacobite retreat from Kendal to Penrith

Michael Thompson, Teesside Archaeological Society


Talks take place in Bedale Hall and on Zoom on Tuesdays and start at 7.30 pm.

The membership fee is £12 per year and is due in January but if joining in the second half of the year please e-mail to ask about a discount.

All members will automatically be sent Zoom links.  Non-members are welcome for £3 per talk payable on the door or, if Zooming, for £3 per screen.  For details of how to pay please e-mail

[1] The Black Rood of Scotland, a royal reliquary of the True Cross, gave its name to Holyrood and ended up in Durham Cathedral before disappearing during the Reformation.  David will cover the history of the cross from 1068, when it arrived in Scotland with the remnants of the Anglo-Saxon royal household, its adoption as a crown jewel by the Scottish kings and queens, its capture by Edward I during the first war of independence and the 200 years it spent on display in Durham Cathedral after the Battle of Neville’s Cross

[2] Martin’s main field of interest is Roman art, especially engraved gems, and he has also published widely on Roman religion, Roman Britain and Roman sculpture.  From 1985-2007 he was editor of the Journal of the British Archaeological Association.  He was a good friend of Percival, our late president, and gave the homily at his funeral in 2016.