Prehistoric man talk is most successful HHG meeting to date….

Nick Ashton, curator of Prehistory at the British Museum, gave a fascinating lecture to an audience of nearly 80 people, villagers and professional archaeologists, on December 11th in Hoxne. The talk entitled ‘From Happisburgh to Hoxne: the occupation of early man in northern Europe’, focused on the interpretation of evidence from the recent findings of prehistoric footprints at Happisburgh and also from the excavation of the Hoxne brickworks site. He explained how the identification of pollen grains, flint tools and animal bones gave insight into how early man may have lived and how the fluctuations of warm periods interspersed with ice ages would have influenced settlement. Man would not have been able to survive during the ice ages and this would necessitate migration to warmer climates. As temperatures rose, so early man moved northwards to inhabit Britain again. At this time Britain was still linked to Europe. It is likely that early man would have had extensive thick body hair to keep warm.

The lecture has been filmed and we hope to upload it onto the website in due course.

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Display of Hoxne Dig Finds

We now have a display case in the Swan pub restaurant containing some of the artefacts found here during our dig last year. When the building work in the church is completed there will be a further display here of our finds in Hoxne.

Talk by Peter West

On November 11th we hosted local farmer and historian, Peter West, to come to talk to the members about the local impact of WW1, including his information on ‘Strathcona Horse at Oakley Park’.

Remembrance Sunday in Hoxne

On Remembrance Sunday, November 9th the Heritage Group presented a display of ‘Hoxne in WW1’ in Hoxne Church. The display tells the stories of some of our fallen that are honoured on the war memorial as well as giving an insight to how life was on the home front. This is a work in progress and will feature as a permanent display when the works in the church have been completed. We would be pleased to have any information or photos of villagers involved in WW1 or WW11 to include in the future.

Rememberance Day 2014

Hoxne Heritage Group reflect on our lovely old houses.

The group had funded John Walker, local expert of timber-framed properties, to examine some of the lovely old houses in the village subject to owners’ consent. On two separate days John took a small group to examine in depth some of the houses. These included 53/54 Low Street, 23/24 Low Street, High House, the Vicarage, Abbey Farm, Abbey View and Red House, Witton’s Lane. On October 18th he led a fascinating and informative all – day training session to an invited audience in which he gave instruction on what features to look for to date a property, including the layout, the roof joists including crown-posts, Queen posts and different types of carpentry joints. This was illustrated by reference to properties in Hoxne and further by actually touring three of the properties to note key features. We are very grateful to the property owners who participated in this exercise and we hope to include more in the future.

Hoxne Heritage Group December Talk

 

Hoxne December talk

 

Reading the writing on the wall

Hoxne Heritage Group presents:

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     ‘Reading the writing on the wall ‘

                  by  Matt Champion

   (Director of the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey.)

Have you noticed old script and pictures engraved on church walls or even daisy wheels in your old house? Come and find out what it means. The study of medieval graffiti has been hailed as the new sex, drugs, rock and roll! Come and catch the bug!

When?                      Tuesday,March 25th, 7.30pm

Where?                     St.Edmund’s Hall,Hoxne.

Admission £2.50 for non-members, £2 for members

Hoxne Celebrates!

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On Sunday, February 16th, nearly 70 Hoxne villagers celebrated the completion of the Heritage lottery-funded  ‘Story of Hoxne’  project,  led by the Hoxne Heritage Group and supported by Suffolk County Council Archaeology Services and the University of East Anglia Ideas Bank.

Jo Caruth, Senior Project Officer from SCCAS, gave an overview of the test-pitting event held in Hoxne in July, indicating how the analysis of the finds informed evidence of earlier medieval settlement in the village. She also indicated that the exercise revealed potential for further research especially to investigate if there was evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlement in the area. Richenda Goffin, SCCAS finds expert was also present to discuss and demonstrate how artefacts were identified and dated. A large selection of analysed artefacts from the community dig was also exhibited .

Richenda Goffin with finds

The schoolchildren who were involved in excavation of test pits on the village green last May had constructed a wonderful mosaic of King Edmund hiding under the Goldbrook Bridge, using post-medieval ceramics, bones and clay pipes that had been found.

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A delicious afternoon tea was enjoyed by all with a background of projected photographs taken throughout the project by Obelon Arts which brought back memories of the hottest weekend of 2013! A short, but impressive film of the community dig project, produced by Koan Arts, including interviews with participants was also shown and rekindled the enthusiasm to participate in future projects.

This can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/86707068

All Our Stories Dig Celebration Meeting

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Celebration Meeting – November 2013

The Ideas Bank/All Our Stories Celebration meeting at Ickworth House was reported in the Eastern Daily Press – a really good feature written by Mark Nicholls. See below for links to the report.

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