University of Leicester Archaeological Services will be working with Leicester City Council to explore an enigmatic monument in one of the city’s Country Parks. The ancient monument at the heart of Leicester’s Castle Hill Country Park is due to be investigated later this month as part of a community archaeological project. Leicester City Council and […]
The Nottingham Branch AGM will take place on Saturday 20th February at 10.00am at the Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ . Following a short formal meeting, there will be a talk at 11.00am on “Going to the Pictures” by Michael Payne.
If you are recent WEA student or are planning to attend a WEA class or event, you are welcome to join us to hear more about the WEA. If you want to have a greater involvement in the activities of the WEA in Nottingham, you will be welcome to join the Branch committee, which meets once every 2 months in Nottingham.
The East Midlands branch of the Council for British Archaeology are holding a one day conference on the topic of ‘The East Midlands in the Middle Ages’ on Sunday 15th November at Kibworth Grammar School in Leicestershire. Michael Wood will be the keynote speaker, talking about his Story of England project that brought Kibworth to the nation’s TV screens. In addition, there will also be speakers about other aspects of medieval archaeology in the East Midlands region including: medieval buildings in Nottinghamshire; recent excavations at the chapel of St Morrell, Hallaton; Grey Friars in Leicester and Richard III’s diet.
Tickets cost £12 for members of the CBA East Midlands and £17 for non-members with a buffet lunch at £6 per head.
Any enquiries should be addressed to David Ingham on email@example.com
This day school in Bingham, Notts on 3rd October is part of the CBA’s efforts to show people across the UK how to identify and record our country’s WWI sites. The event is free to attend, but you do need to book as there are only 25 places are available. Further details, plus the programme and booking arrangements are available HERE.
CITiZAN, the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, highlights the threat to a wealth of coastal and estuarine sites, most of which have no statutory protection. These archaeological features encompass a long time span – from prehistoric forests and settlements to Roman forts and villas to 19th-century ship-breaking yards full of abandoned boats, barges and ships, many of which are of considerable local and national significance.
One of the largest community archaeology projects in the country, taking in 5,600 miles of coastline over 500 miles of tidal foreshore, CITiZAN runs free community-based training, building a network of volunteers with the skills and systems needed to survey and monitor threatened sites. Armed with tape measures, buckets and mobile phones, volunteers create standardised records of exposed archaeological sites.
The three-year project operates across England from regional centres: with MOLA in London, with partners the Council for British Archaeology in York and the Nautical Archaeology Society in Portsmouth.
For more information about CITiZAN and local training opportunities and events visit the CITiZAN website.
Mercian Archaeology are running a FREE Community Archaeology excavation in July as part of the ‘Discover King John’s Palace’ project sponsored by the Big Lottery, and the Magna Carta 800th fund. The project is also timed to run alongside the Festival of British Archaeology.
The excavation will run in July 2015, from Tuesday 7th- Saturday 11th, and Tuesday 14th- Saturday 18th. There will also be public open days on Saturday 11th and 18th at the site alongside the excavation. More information can be found at their website.
Come and learn about the latest archaeological discoveries being made at Leicestershire’s Bradgate Park by School of Archaeology and ULAS archaeologists during a free family Open Day on Saturday 27 June, between 11.00am – 4.00pm.
The many mysteries of Leicestershire’s 850-acre deer park will be explored by the archaeological team over the next five years with the launch of a fieldschool, where academics, professional archaeologists and students will work together to uncover the hidden history of this popular attraction, best known as the location of the birth place and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey – the ‘nine days Queen’.
Members of the public who attend the Open Day will be given the opportunity to:
- Speak to the archaeologists involved in the excavations and see some…
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Charnwood Roots will be running their next community dig at Whitwick on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July during the Festival of Archaeology fortnight. Supported by archaeologists from the University of Leicester, they will be digging one metre test-pits in back gardens, public spaces and even in pub beer gardens across the village of Whitwick. There is still time to volunteer as a digger, pot washer, recorder, tea maker/general helper so if you want to find out more, check out their website.
The 2015 season of fieldwork (Phase Two) is now underway, with our first activity being a geophysical survey of our Harvey’s Field site on Wednesday 3rd June.
This will identify any possible features that are buried under the ground.
Beyond this we will be undertaking excavations on the site on:
Monday 13th July & Tuesday 14th July
Monday 20th – Saturday 25th July
Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August
Then, we will be hosting four Finds Analysis sessions on Tuesday 8th – Friday 11th September.
The 2015 season finishes with our ‘2nd Southwell Archaeology Day’ event at the Minster School on Saturday 12th September. This event will feature five talks on recent archaeology projects and runs 1.30-5pm. Entry will be just £10, with all proceeds going towards Phase Three of the project, due to start in October.
Are you interested in local archaeology? Would you like to know more about Southwell’s Roman past? Or would you fancy being involved yourself? The Researching Roman Southwell project is a community-led project that aims to uncover valuable information about this part of Southwell’s local history. Professionally led by MBArchaeology, the project seeks to investigate the town’s Roman past while providing training and hands-on experience, help local people to become involved in their local heritage, and provide a platform for both social and mental wellbeing. It aims to show that archaeology is fun, stimulating, educational, rewarding and, most importantly, accessible to all. To find out more, check out their website.