Bridgewater canal talk to open archaeology exhibition

Thursday 19 January 2012
Girl with Roman coin
Girl with Roman coin
The University of Salford is set to launch an exhibition of archaeological finds dating from the Stone Age with a talk on one of the most important engineering projects ever carried out in Greater Manchester – the 350-year-old Bridgewater canal.

On 24 January, Dr Mike Nevell of the University’s Centre for Applied Archaeology will give a free lecture on the historic canal, which was opened in 1761 to transport coal from the Duke of Bridgewater’s mines in Worsley to the factories of Manchester and Salford.

The talk will accompany an exhibition at the University’s library which has exhibits of items uncovered by the team over the last few years from sites in Stalybridge and Nottingham.

Some of the exhibits were discovered at Mellor in Stockport and include Stone Age flint tools and Roman pottery.

Visitors will also be able to see Roman coins and brooches, Bronze Age pottery and Stone Age axes which were discovered at Mons Pool in Nottinghamshire.

The University’s archaeologists are currently finalising plans for the Greater Manchester Big Dig, which will allow communities from across the region to get involved in ten major digs over the next two years.

The exhibition and talk will act as an introduction to this project, with visitors able to see firsthand how community archaeology works and get an idea of some of the artefacts that can be found right on our doorstep.

Dr Nevell said: “The Greater Manchester region has been inhabited for thousands of years and this exhibition will give some idea of the activities which people from Stockport and other parts of the country were carrying out.

By giving a talk on the Bridgewater Canal, we’re bringing it right up to the industrial period and letting people know about the full range of archaeology in the area.”

The exhibition will be launched on with a free public lecture by Dr Michael Nevell on the archaeology of the Bridgewater Canal, at 6.00pm on 24 January in the Clifford Whitworth library, University of Salford.

The programme of planned exhibitions for the Clifford Whitworth Library is part of the library services drive to encourage the general public to access our resources. All exhibitions are free and there is no need to book.

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Exhibition dates: 14 January (Saturday) – 18 March (Sunday)

Opening times: Monday-Friday   9.00am-7.00pm

Saturday and Sunday     12.00 noon – 5.00pm

Venue: Ground floor, Clifford Whitworth Library, Peel Campus, University of Salford