Volunteering Opportunities August 2018

The Grosvenor Museum is starting a new project on Friday 3 August 2018 which aims to bring a large archaeology project archive up to a condition that meets museum deposition and Historic England’s accessible archive standards.

The first stage of the project consists of a programme of finds processing and we will be based in the Pavilion in the Grosvenor Park Activity Zone where we will be washing, sorting and re-boxing finds from the 2007 excavations at the HQ building in Chester. These significant excavations uncovered the remains of Roman buildings, a  medieval nunnery and a 16th/17th century house and produced a rich and plentiful finds assemblage.

The finds we will be washing will be largely Roman and later building materials e.g. roof tiles, floor tiles and bricks and animal bone and also some pottery.   We will be sorting and boxing these and other finds from the site by material and period and carrying out basic documentation.

We would very much welcome volunteer help in this very interesting but large project and will be running sessions on the following dates (we will be in the Pavilion from 9.30 in the morning and 1.30 in the afternoon):

Friday 3 August  9.30am and 1.30pm

Monday 6 August  9.30am and 1.30pm

Tuesday 7 August 9.30am and 1.30pm

Wednesday  8 August 9.30am and 1.30pm

Thursday 9 August 1.30pm

Friday  10 August 9.30am and 1.30pm

Wednesday 15 August 9.30am and 1.30pm

Thursday 16 August  1.30pm

Friday 17 August 9.30am and 1.30pm

Monday 20 August 9.30am and 1.30pm

Tuesday 21 August 9.30am and 1.30pm

Wednesday 22 August 9.30am and 1.30pm

Thursday 23 August  1.30pm

Friday 24 August 9.30am and 1.30pm

There is a good assemblage of animal bone from the site and we are arranging for a specialist to run a workshop on identifying animal bones during the afternoon of Wednesday 8 August. In order to be eligible to attend the workshop you must first attend the washing session in the morning or a session on one of the preceding days.

If you would like to come and help please email julie.edwards@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk with the dates and times you are able to attend.

Map and travel information:


Plan of Park and location of Activity Zone