BOOKING IS NOW OPEN.
While the final programme and cost is being finalised, we are happy to receive ‘expressions of interest’, which can be sent to Andy Manning (email@example.com; Tel: 01722 343406). These will be added to those who contacted us after the 2017 conference. Alternatively make a provisional booking online (we will give you the option to upgrade to a confirmed booking once costs are confirmed) HERE ON OUR WEBSITE.
After recent weekend events in Wiltshire (2015) and Cornwall (2013), This year’s weekend event is planning to head back to the Isle of Wight and explore some of the sites we missed out in our overseas tour of 2011.
Our colleagues on the IOW have planned an action packed weekend of visits with a wide range of historical sites, dating from the distant Neolithic past to the recent Cold War years and lots inbetween. Something for everyone and a warm welcome from local experts, eager to show us the rich history of the Isle of Wight.
The CBA Wessex weekend events have proved very popular and are an excellent chance to socialise and see some amazing sites in good company.
The programme and final timings is in the stage of being finalised and is likely to include:
Friday: An evening reception, buffet and tour of the Museum of Island History in the 19th century historic Guildhall, Newport
Saturday: Tours of Quarr Abbey and recent excavations at the Benedictine Monastery, which is still home to a small group of Benedictine monks and the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum, run by the Maritime Archaeological Trust. In the evening will be the infamous CBA Wessex quiz with prizes followed by an evening meal
Sunday: a visit to Tennyson Down to investigate a Neolithic Mortuary Enclosure, Bronze Age Barrows, which have recently been excavated by the Citizan project and more recent sites including the Alfred Lord Tennyson monument, and WWI trenches, the late 19th/early 20th century Needles Battery and the 1950s and ’60s testing site of the Black Knight ballistic missile.
Cost will be in the region of: CBA Members £100 and Non-members £120. Costs will include transport during the day, events and entrance fees and Friday and Saturday evening meals, but not accommodation, ferry fees and lunches during the day
We strongly suggest that Newport will be the main base for events and is the best place to book accommodation and we will be preparing a list of locally recommended accommodation
Photo credit: http://photoeverywhere.co.uk