Digs in your community

There is a whole world of history buried beneath our feet and the University of Salford is giving you the chance to discover it for yourself.

There are a number of archaeological excavations taking place across Greater Manchester this year and we are looking for an army of history hungry volunteers to help us dig up the past.  As well as getting down and dirty in the ground you can also learn about other archaeological techniques such as building surveying and historical research – so there’s something for everyone.

Meet new people, learn new techniques and make new discoveries – volunteer on one of our archaeological digs. You can give as much or as little time as you are able and you don’t need to know anything about archaeology to join in – we just need your enthusiasm and interest!

"I’ve always been fascinated by local history. I always thought you needed to be a professional to be allowed access to an historic site so getting the chance has been incredible." - Ian West, a volunteer on the Dig Greater Manchester community site at Etherstone Hall, Leigh in March 2012

Who can join in?

Absolutely anyone! Individuals, community groups, local societies and local schools are welcome. We want people from all walks of life and experience.

How do I get involved?

Contact us for further information about how to volunteer for any of these digs - please call 0161 295 3821.

To be put on a mailing list to be informed about when we have a dig coming up in your area - email us now.

If you are from a school and want your class to be involved in a dig, please contact Sarah Cattell or Vicky Nash.