Excavation sites for 2012



Brief background

2-14 July


Open day Saturday 14 July

BURY, Radcliffe Historic Core


Dig Greater Manchester

We will be investigating the house of a 19th century cotton manufacturer and in contrast the houses of the workers. The site is in a public park that contains the scheduled monument of Radcliffe Tower and a Grade I listed church that will form a part of the non-intrusive workshops.

23 April to 17 June


Worsley New Hall, Salford

Funded by the land owners Peel Investments North West.

We are excavating the remains of Worsley New Hall a mid 19 th century mansion. The land surrounding the hall was landscaped a forming a series of terraces with formal gardens and contains other structures such as an ice house and a cold war bunker.

Early results show excellent remains with around 20 room of the basement surviving almost intact.

16 June & 17 June

OPEN DAY – Worsley New Hall, Salford


Visitors will be able to go on guided tours of the site where the findings will be described. There will be other activities such as a small exhibition showing pictures of the dig and the things that were found. There will be an opportunity for visitors to record their memories of Worsley.

29 May & 6 June

Worsley New Hall Project


A two day Buildings archaeology workshop

This workshop will look at the buildings of the 19 th and 20 th century from country mansions to workers’ housing and from barns to cold war bunkers. Day one will focus on the hall and urban living conditions in the 19 th century. A series of talks in the morning on the hall and workers’ housing in the village will be followed in the afternoon by a walk around the Worsley New Hall excavations and Worsley Village. Day two will focus upon the buildings of the agricultural landscape around the hall and the later re-use of the Worsley New Hall site. After talks on the kitchen gardens and the associated barns and cottages, there will be a tour of the kitchen garden, and a walk passing the sites of the ice house, bunker and grotto.


25 & 26 June

Worsley New Hall Project


A two day workshop on the Industrial archaeology of Manchester

This workshop will look at the industrial activity around Worsley New Hall in the 18 th to 20 th centuries. Day One will focus on manufacturing and transport, with in the morning talks on the Bridgewater Canal, coal mining and textile mills. In the afternoon there will be a walk along the Bridgewater Canal in Worsley. Day Two will be a tour of central Manchester taking in the Castlefield canal basin and the mills of Ancoats. The class will meet outside the entrance to the Museum of Science and Industry, off Liverpool Road, in Manchester at 10am.


6-10 August and 13-17  August

Mons Pool, Collingham, Nottinghamshire

The site is predominately Romano-British but we have found lots of evidence of earlier occupation from Mesolithic to late Iron Age. This evidence takes the form of prehistoric pottery, polished stone axes, metal artefacts and lots of worked flint. Last year we found  the remains of a probable timber structure and three wicker lined wells.

Accommodation is available at Brackenhurst College student flats (single occupancy, self catering, en suite). The accommodation is around 15 minutes walk from the lovely town of Southwell that has lots of pubs, restaurants and historical sites to see. For more information please contact Brian Grimsditch (0161 295 3821) or Debbie Atkin (0161 295 2545).

10-22 September


Open day Saturday 22 September


Chadderton Hall, Oldham


Dig Greater Manchester , funded by Association of Greater Manchester Authorities

Based on the Chadderton Hall and its outbuildings in Chadderton Park, Oldham.


An 18th century manor house and stables with earlier origins. Later uses included a menagerie and a pickle factory

8-20 October


Open day Saturday 20 October


Wood Hall, Stockport


Dig Greater Manchester, funded by Association of Greater Manchester Authorities

A 17th century hall that was extended in the mid and late 19th century becoming a farm. The owners in the 17th century were members of the Stanley family two of whom were on opposites sides during the Civil War.

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