The new MAS Programme for 2015

I hope you had a pleasant Christmas. Today, Boxing Day, has been an industrious one for me.  Although I did allow myself a brief distraction at lunch time for a visit to MAS HQ – The Olde Boar’s Head for lunch and a pint (or two). However, much of the day has been spent creating…

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Easter Island: Thor Heyerdahl’s 1955 Expedition

The turn out for yesterday’s talk was amazing, standing room only, the best indoor event so far. Professor Colin Richards of Manchester University, gave an excellent and thorough decription and explanation of Thor Heyerdahl’s famous 1955 expedition to  Easter Island.  The audience went through stages of admiration for Thor but then the opposite – even deep…

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An Evening with the Civic by Lee Wolf

This evening I had the honour of presenting to the Middleton Civic Association on behalf of Middleton Archaeological Society at their monthly meeting at the Olde Boars Head. The talk I presented was about the formation of the Middleton Archaeological Society and detail of our recent investigation at Clarke Brow / St. Leonard’s Square. What…

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View from the Finds Hut

Kerry Beeston gave over twenty members of Middleton Archaeological Society a detailed insight into what it is like working in the finds hut of excavations. She gave practtical advice on the different types of finds and how to clean and date them. She brought different types of finds and tools for the audience to handle…

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Alkrington Hall

The Levers were a merchant family who had acquired large estates in the Manchester and Middleton areas during the Renaissance period of the 1600s. In 1736, Sir Darcy Lever decided to rebuild his family home, Alkrington Hall. Rather than going to local builders, he employed an Enlightenment architect of national importance, an Italian from Venice…

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Arts & Crafts Church

Long Street Methodist Church & Schools are a striking complex of connected buildings arranged around a courtyard garden – the finest Arts and Crafts Methodist Church anywhere. The church is open for worship on Sundays and other days CLICK HERE for details. Guided tours for groups are also available, CLICK HERE for details. Tours also…

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Elm Street School

Edgar Wood and J. Henry Sellers had met up in 1903 and quickly began working on a new type of ‘cubic’ architecture using reinforced concrete and to create buildings not possible with traditional roofs. Elm Street School (now Elm Wood School) was designed as a ‘Board School’. However, it was radically different to the other…

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