2016 Summer Lecture Season

Here is our Tuesday evening lecture programme for 2016:

  • Tuesday, 12th July: Dr John Jolleys – The Norwich cathedral priory manor of Sedgeford
  • Tuesday, 19th July: Dr Neil Faulkner – Lawrence of Arabia’s War
  • Tuesday, 26th July: Professor Carenza Lewis (Time Team) – The Medieval era
  • Tuesday, 2nd August*: Mini Symposium – History & Archaeology on both sides of the North Sea*
  • Tuesday, 9th August: Gary Rossin – Sedgeford Aerodrome and Norfolk aviation during the Great War
  • Tuesday, 16th August: An overview of the 2016 excavation season at Sedgeford

All lectures take place at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Sedgeford at 7.30pm (*Except the mini symposium on Tuesday 2nd August, which will start at 2.30pm and finish at 7.30pm).

Admission to public for all lectures – £3.00

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Visiting SHARP during the summer season

Our 2016 summer season runs from Sunday 10th July to Friday 12th August. Members of the public are very welcome to visit the site any day except Saturdays during the season, between 10am and 4pm, for an informal tour. We also hold a weekly site tour on Friday afternoons at 4pm.

The 2016 Grand Open Day will take place on Sunday 7th August, 10am-4pm. This is a free event with a small car parking charge (there will be signs up on the day directing you to the car parking area). There will be regular site tours through the day, children’s activities, talks, exhibitions and merchandise. We look forward to seeing you there!

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SHARP 2017 season site technician vacancy

SHARP requires for its 2017 season a Site Technician to work with our Site Director.

The successful applicant will form part of the SHARP team and will live on site for the duration of the season.

The successful applicant will be expected to provide expertise in all aspects of maintenance including joinery, brickwork, plumbing etc. A knowledge of electrics would be an advantage.

This will not be a paid position; however, all meals and facilities will be provided.

It is anticipated that the applicant will have an interest in archaeology and will be free to work on trench with the proviso that should maintenance work be required such will supercede.

To confirm your interest and for further information please contact our Site Director, Brian Fraser, at brian@langfordcc.karoo.co.uk

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SHARP 2017 season catering vacancies

Sedgeford Historical & Archaeological Research Project (SHARP) requires, for its 2017 season, a Catering Manager together with an assistant.

Our season will run from Sunday 2nd July through to Friday 11th August 2017 inclusive, with the catering team expected to be in attendance during the the week prior to commencement for commissioning of the kitchen and the week following to decommission.

The successful applicant will form part of the SHARP team and will live on site for the duration of the season.

We are based on part of the Sedgeford Hall Estate on the outskirts of the village of Sedgeford, near Hunstanton, Norfolk.

The successful applicant will provide breakfast, lunch and a two-course hot dinner. Morning and afternoon breaks will require tea, coffee etc. We do have eclectic mixes of dietary requirements which must be met.

Based on last season’s figures it is anticipated that catering for an average of 70 people per week for breakfast and evening meal. Lunch would be expected to cater for further 5-10 people as some of our volunteers stay off site.

We will pay the following remuneration

1. £10:00 per hour for Catering Manager.

2. £8:00 per hour for Assistant.

In addition, all meals and facilities will be provided.

The trustees have a budget for remuneration and this will be discussed with the successful applicant.

A budget for raw materials will be agreed for the season.

It is expected that applicants will provide sample menus for consideration.

To confirm your interest and for further information please contact our Site Director, Brian Fraser at brian@langfordcc.karoo.co.uk

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Don Brothwell and Sedgeford

Many SHARPies will have been saddened to hear of the death of Don Brothwell earlier this week.

After Peter Jewell’s excavations in 1957-8, which revealed Anglo-Saxon human remains in Boneyard field, Don carried out an excavation on the site in 1960. The skeletons he excavated are now in the Duckworth Collection at Cambridge University. Although the excavation itself was not published, we believe that Don used the Sedgeford skeletons in his research into molar wear and age at death, which is presented in his classic book, Digging Up Bones (first published in 1963). Other references to Sedgeford skeletons, for example the pathologies he noted in his analysis, can be found in his large body of published work.

Professor Brothwell returned to visit the site again in the summer of 2005, when he gave a lecture and took soils samples from several burials to use in his research into organic and inorganic chemical micromorphological variation in human grave soils. This study was published as a paper entitled ‘Interred with their bones’: soil micromorphology and chemistry in the study of human remains in the March 2014 edition of Antiquity. You can read it here.

Don was able to supply the Human Remains Team with useful plans and documents relating to his excavation, without which we would know much less about the remains excavated. This information will be incorporated into the forthcoming Boneyard human remains monograph.

Charlotte Burrill has kindly supplied some photos of Don’s 2005 visit to SHARP.





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