New Forest Knowledge Conference

This opportunity is brought to MHS members through our societies links with the New Forest National Parks community archaeology department.

The New Forest community archaeology department are hosting a New Forest Knowledge conference on 27th and 28th of October 2017. The venue will be the community centre in Lyndhurst. The tickets are £20 for a single day and £30 for both days. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. This will be an excellent opportunity for Milton Heritage Society member to find out what other groups are doing and also to see what historical research methods are available to us. We may find out what assistance we can call on from other organisations to help us with our own local research. You need to book a ticket to be able to attend this event. Tickets are available from this link.

The draft programme is as follows:


A detailed programme will be released closer to the conference along with the talk abstracts

Day 1 – Friday 27th October 2017

Will follow a chronological approach looking at recent projects and research results. Confirmed speakers so far:

  • Dr Michael Grant, University of Southampton
  • Andy Russel, Southampton Archaeology Unit
  • Richard Massey, Cotswold Archaeology: Pots and People in the later Bronze Age: assessing the Heatherstone Grange cremation cemetery
  • Professor Mike Fulford, University of Reading: New Forest Roman pottery
  • Katherine Blayney, University of Oxford: Conquest and land clearance: the Domesday account of the New Forest
  • Richard Reeves: All about the bounds. What medieval perambulations can tell us about the New Forest
  • John Cockram: The New Forest and the Great War 1917
  • Stephen Fisher: Equipping the Armada: The Archaeology of Lepe Country Park
  • Maddy Andrews, New Forest History and Archaeology Group: New Forest History and Archaeology Group, and the Hampshire Field Club New Forest Section – Archaeology in the New Forest, 1960s to the present

More to follow.

Day 2 – Saturday 28th October 2017

will look at techniques new and old and discuss themes and the unique cultural heritage of the New Forest. Confirmed speakers so far:

  • Josie Hagen, Bournemouth University: Will Buckland Rings Reveal its secrets?
  • Mike Gill, Avon Valley Archaeology Society
  • Catherine Glover
  • Jack Powell, Aerial Imagery Analyst, Air Photo Services: Using Aerial Imagery for Desk Based Research
  • Iris Kramer, University of Southampton: Automated Detection of Archaeology in the New Forest using Deep Learning with Remote Sensor Data
  • Lawrence Shaw, New Forest National Park Authority & University of Winchester
  • James Miles, Archaeovision: New Forest Knowledge


I hope that members of the Milton Heritage Society can attend this event. I look forward to seeing you there.

Nick Saunders
Milton Heritage Society

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