Local people needed to dig historic hall in Chadderton

Tuesday 28 August 2012
Chadderton Hall
Chadderton Hall circa 1900. Provided by Oldham Local Studies and Archives.
The University of Salford is looking for volunteers to help them excavate historic Chadderton Hall as part of Greater Manchester’s biggest ever archaeological project.

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed between 10 and 22 September to find out the secrets of the Hall which was thought to have been originally built in the 13th Century and went through several incarnations before being demolished in 1939.

The University archaeology team believe there is the potential for a number of very exciting finds since the Hall was variously used as a stately residence, menagerie, boarding school and even a pickle factory. During World War One, the nearby park was also used as a barracks for Australian and New Zealand troops.

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 11 boroughs in the region. It is being funded by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and managed by the University of Salford.

Digs have already been carried out in Leigh, Radcliffe and Tameside where hundreds of people unearthed large numbers of artefacts relating to the history of their local areas.

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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