HQ Project update and more volunteer dates

In August the Grosvenor Museum started a new project which aims to bring the HQ archaeology project archive to a condition that meets museum deposition and Historic England’s accessible archive standards.

A team of volunteers washed 42 very large boxes of ceramic building material (c.525 kg), animal bone and pottery. There were some interesting pieces – tiles with animal prints, legionary stamps, tilers’ signature marks, fragments of hypocaust flue tiles, pieces of Roman chimney and water pipe and some very nice medieval floor tiles. The animal bone included both animal and bird bone which would have been mainly a result of food processing but also included small dogs, perhaps pets, as well as horses.

After a short break we are running some more finds washing sessions in September and October and we would very much welcome volunteer help to wash more of the large quantity of Roman and later building materials and animal bone as well as some pottery from excavations at the site of the old Cheshire police headquarters in Chester.

The dates and times we will be in the Pavilion in Grosvenor Park, Chester are:

Thursday 27 September 12.30 – 5 pm

Friday 28 September 9.30 – 3 pm

Tuesday 2 October 9.30 – 1 pm and 1.30 – 5 pm

Thursday 4 October 12.30 – 5pm

Tuesday 9 October 9.30 – 1pm and 1.30 – 5pm

Thursday 11 October 12.30 – 5pm

Friday 12 October 9.30 – 1pm and 1.30 – 5pm

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.

Tea and coffee are provided, we have some rubber gloves but you may wish to bring your own.

The start times are just an indicator of when the building will be open and you are welcome to arrive any time after the stated time.

We are very grateful to everyone  who has helped so far.

Map and travel information:


Plan of Park and location of Activity Zone