Local people needed to dig historic centre of Radcliffe

Monday 18 June 2012
Archaeologists working in the community
Archaeologists working in the community
The University of Salford is looking for volunteers to help them excavate the historic centre of Radcliffe as part of Greater Manchester’s biggest ever archaeological project.

Between 2 and 14 July, University of Salford archaeologists will be helped by the public as they attempt to uncover clues to the historic core of the town which is based around the late 13th Century Radcliffe Tower and St Mary’s Church.

The dig will focus on the 18th and 19th Century industrial heritage of the area that features a major bleach works. By excavating the Radcliffe Close home of the Bealey Family and workers’ cottages, the University team hopes to uncover fascinating insights into the lives of the owners and workers who lived in the area.

The excavations will be open for up to 20 adult volunteers every day, and individuals are able to book up to four days each. Everyone will receive training in archaeological techniques whilst getting a full hands-on experience of excavating their local heritage.

During the first week there will also be ten schools and colleges spending half a day completing various activities run by a dedicated educational archaeologist.

The project is part of Dig Greater Manchester, which will see over 9,000 people taking part in archaeological projects over four-and-a-half years in eleven boroughs in the region. It is being funded by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and managed by the University of Salford.

Brian Grimsditch from the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the University of Salford said: “It doesn’t matter if volunteers have no previous experience of archaeology - all that is required is interest and the ability to get yourself to the site.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn some new skills, meet people and take part in a major project investigating local history.”

To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Debbie Atkin (d.atkin@salford.ac.uk 0161 295 3821).

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