Month: February 2011

RESCUE AGM

The RESCUE Annual General meeting for 2010 will take place on Saturday 2 April 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking Surrey GU21 6ND. There are vacancies for ordinary Council Members, and if you are interested in joining RESCUE Council contact the Membership Secretary or any of the Council …

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Book Reviews in Rescue News 112

Rescue News 112, out at the end of February, features book reviews of the following two volumes: Conserving Historic Vessels: Understanding Historic Vessels vol 3, Commissioned and published by the Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships, Greenwich: 2010, 213 pages, £30, ISBN 978-0-9566554-0-0 Remembering Fromelles: a new cemetery for a new century Compiled by Julie …

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Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships to continue

This committee wass one of those whose abolition was announced in the October 2010 `bonfire of the quangos’. DCMS has now confirmed that the important work carried out by the Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships will continue. National Historic Ships is to be de-classified as an advisory non-departmental public body, not abolished, and will continue …

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Bacteria Devouring the Titanic

The remains of the Titanic on the ocean floor are being slowly destroyed by a newly identified bacteria, isolated from ‘rusticles’ on the Titanic, the Guardian reported last year. Microorganisms collected from a ‘rusticle’, a structure that looks like an icicle but consists of rust, are slowly destroying the iron hull of the liner on …

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Stanley Mill Development Approved

The application to Stroud District Council for planning permission to convert Stanley Mill, Stroud, a 200-year-old Grade I listed textile mill in Stonehouse which closed 20 years ago, to include up to 135 apartments and houses, a new factory building and parking (planning ref :S.10/0881/LBC) was reported in Rescue News 111. Despite representations against the …

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Interview with Francis Pryor

Just ahead of the publication of his new book, Francis Pryor and met up with Rescue’s Jude Plouviez, in the shadow of Ely Cathedral, a suitably central place in the Fens which have been the dominant locality in Francis’ archaeological career. The book The Birth of Modern Britain: A Journey into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 …

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Storm over sell-off plan for English Forests

At the end of October 2011 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced that the public are to be consulted on a proposed sell-off of parts of the Forestry Commission’s English Estate, which cover 257,000 hectares (635,000 acres) or 18% of England’s wooded areas, some of which provide domestic timber. Defra is …

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British Museum to endorse TV treasure hunting programme?

RESCUE have written to the Dr Roger Bland of the Portable Antiquities Scheme to express our alarm at the well-substantiated rumours that are circulating regarding the participation of the British Museum in the production of a television series for ITV entitled ‘Britain’s Secret Treasures’ which will take as its focus the activities of artefact hunters …

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Irchester Roman Town…again

Following my article in Rescue News 97 in 2005 about the serious damage caused to the southwest corner of this Northamptonshire Roman town, some better news about the site and its environs has recently begun to emerge. It had been threatened by road works, creating a new visual splay for traffic exiting a new huge …

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