Despite its small size, the Isle of Man has a wealth of archaeology. The sites cover all periods from prehistory to industrial archaeology and are often set in beautiful scenery. In addition to its wide range of field monuments, the Isle of Man has a huge collection of Viking Age sculptures, several of which show scenes from Norse mythology.
We will leave London on Wednesday, 4 April and stay overnight in Preston. On the way to Preston, we will visit the church at Breedon on the Hill which houses important Anglo-Saxon sculptures and Repton church with its Anglo-Saxon crypt. The following day, after visiting the Early Christian site of St Patrick’s Chapel, alongside its rock-cut graves, we will cross to Man.
We will stay in Douglas, which is the terminus for the island’s steam railway and the late nineteenth century Manx Electric Railway, both of which will feature in our itinerary.
The cost of this study tour is £972 per person in a single room and £857 per person sharing a twin room. Please note, in order to be sure of booking hotel rooms, we must have confirmation by Monday, 22 January at the very latest.
I hope you had a pleasant summer in spite of the indifferent weather.
In a few days EMAS will begin the thirtieth year of its existence. A programme of trips and lectures is being organised to celebrate this special year. Our President, Jon Cotton and founder David Beard, will give lectures before Christmas and a past President, Harvey Sheldon, will end the year with a lecture in October 2018.
I am pleased to report that so far there has been a good response to the Spring Tour to the Isle of Man and Dave’s December lecture will relate to this tour. Instead of a Summer Tour in 2018 there will be an Autumn Tour to Devon and Cornwall with David Beard.
Among the field trips being arranged are trips to Bristol as well as Prehistoric and Roman locations – not to mention some other surprises. One, I hope, pleasant surprise will be a 30th Birthday Party on 4th August 2018 at 50 School Lane. I trust as many of you as possible will keep the date free and join us for a great celebration.
An EMAS Programme for 2017-2018 and membership forms will be sent out later in October. We look forward to seeing some of you at the November 2017 events.
The day will begin with a brief introduction to the Conversion of Anglo-Saxon England. We will then consider the architecture of the Anglo-Saxon church chronologically up to the 11th century and the role that the architecture played in the litany of the church.
This is intended to be a practical introduction and would be a good way to build on the knowledge gained from the trip to three Anglo-Saxon churches on Saturday, 8th July.