We have received details of what promises to be an exciting opportunity for anybody interested in the heritage from Roman Britain and in particular Yorkshire to get involved in a number of practical ways with a focus on finding out more about the road network in Roman times. The following from Mike Haken sets out some interesting ideas. Anybody who wants to go to one of the meetings is advised to book early with Mike because I know that places are already being taken.
Over the next few years, the Association will co-ordinate a programme of research and investigation to gain a much more accurate overall picture of the Roman infrastructure in Yorkshire; not simply of the roads themselves but also the forts and other sites that the roads served. The Roman Roads Research Association has been formed to provide a much needed focal point for Roman road research, advancing and promoting the study of the Roman road network in Britain as well as Britain’s Roman heritage in general. What’s more, it offers a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in Roman roads to get involved. Apart from organising our own programme of study we aim to harness community interest through a series of Community Archaeology projects, and crucially we will also support and encourage all those individuals and groups already active in research. We are looking for recruits to join the association and to take an active part in both the preliminary desktop research, which will be substantial, and the fieldwork that will follow. Even if you felt unable to get directly involved, every subscription helps us move towards our initial income target of £5,000, essential to allow us to be able to register as a charity with all the benefits that brings. We would like to invite you to various public meetings we are holding to celebrate our launch, providing an ideal opportunity for like-minded folk to meet each other and get involved. Places are limited and bookings are well in hand; you can book your place by e-mail or on the RRRA website. The first two are at Wetherby Town Hall on Wednesday 18th February at 7.30pm, then Hemsworth Community Centre on the 21st February at 2.00 pm. There will be a talk about the Roman roads network in Yorkshire (by yours truly), the aims of RRRA, then we will introduce our pilot study, Ricknild Street; Fact or Fable, investigating the supposed road between Chesterfield and Boroughbridge. Download posters here A5, A4. If you live in the Harrogate area, why not come along to the Star Club in Ripley (Tues. 7th & Thurs.9th April, 8.00pm) to hear about the excavations conducted near Ripley last year on the Roman road from Ilkley to Aldborough in Hollybank Wood? Again, we recommend you book a place either by email or on the website. If all these venues are a bit far to travel, don’t worry, we will soon be announcing further events in Richmond, Malton, and elsewhere. Admission to all meetings is £3 or free to RRRA members, fee refunded if you join RRRA at the meeting., full details on our website www.romanroads.org. regards, Mike Haken