May
30

Archaeological Volunteers: Opportunities June/July 2019

The archaeologists from CWAC’s Cultural Service (Grosvenor Museum) will be starting a new project on Monday 3 June 2019 to wash the finds from the archaeological excavations that have taken place in Grosvenor Park, Chester. These excavations have so far uncovered a Roman road that once led to the east entrance of the amphitheatre; a large stone building, perhaps part of the medieval hospital and chapel of St. Anne destroyed during the Civil War; a huge ditch which is c.2.5m deep!

http://www.cheshirearchaeology.org.uk/?p=2369

We would very much welcome your help. We will be in the Pavilion in Grosvenor Park, Chester from 9.30 am until 5pm on the following dates (please note some 12.30 starts and on Wednesday 24th July we will be running an early evening session until 7pm).

June

Mon 3, Tues 4, Fri 7

Tues 18 – Thurs 20            (nb 12.30 start on Thursday)

Tues 25 – Thurs 27            (nb 12.30 start on Thursday)

July

Tues 09 – Fri 12                 (nb 12.30 start on Thursday)

Tues 16 – Fri 19                  (nb 12.30 start on Thursday)

Tues 23 – Thurs 25           (nb Weds 24 until 7 pm)


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

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

 

Map and travel information:

https://www.grosvenorparkchester.co.uk/plan-your-visit/entrances/

Plan of Park and location of Activity Zone

https://www.grosvenorparkchester.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1200-parkmap.png

May
20

BIG DIG 2019 OPEN AFTERNOON

EXCITING PARTNERSHIP PROJECT READY TO REVEAL MORE OF CHESTER’S HIDDEN PAST

On Wedensday May 29 why not visit Grosvenor Park, Chester where the students from the University of Chester will be holding their annual BIG DIG 2019 OPEN AFTERNOON from 1pm to 4.30pm giving you the opportunity to see first-hand the archaeology that has been uncovered on this years excavation and to learn more about the history of this little known corner of Chester.

Amongst the exciting discoveries there is a Roman road that once led across the Park to the amphitheatre and the remains of a large building that was destroyed during the English Civil War!

The training dig is a partnership project between the archaeologists from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cultural Service (Grosvenor Museum) and the University of Chester and is an essential part of the students’ archaeology degree course. As well as the Open Day the training dig will be open for public viewing from May 2 until May 31, 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays and between 12.30pm – 1.30pm).

Plan your visit

Apr
24

Volunteer for Murgatroyd’s Brine Pumps

Volunteer opportunities are available on a project to  conserve and repair  of Murgatroyd’s Brine pump and shaft in Middlewich.

Murgatroyd’s Brine Pumps are the only remaining pumps in the UK which are still on their original, hand-dug, brine shaft.

Middlewich Heritage Trust is a registered charity (No 1161871) which wants to preserve and renovate the pumps for the community and as an educational resource.

Works are due to begin from Mid-May through to August.

If you wish to volunteer, more details can be viewed  in this pdf document Middlewich volunteer roles 2019 (pdf 482kb)

Apr
23

EXCITING PARTNERSHIP PROJECT TO REVEAL MORE OF CHESTER’S HIDDEN PAST

Thursday  2 May  2019 will see archaeologists from Cheshire West and Chester Council and the University of Chester begin their annual training dig for the University’s 2nd year archaeology students.  

The dig takes place in Grosvenor Park, Chester; the Park has been chosen because it sits next to two significant historical monuments, the Roman amphitheatre and the medieval Church of St John the Baptist. Both of these have had an influence on the development of the Park and more importantly on the intriguing archaeology that lies beneath.

So far the students have discovered:  a Roman road leading across the Park to the amphitheatre, a large building destroyed during the English Civil War and two very wide ditches running north-south across the Park. The building seems to have been associated with St. John’s, probably part of the medieval hospital and chapel of St. Anne which was acquired by Sir Hugh Cholmondeley in the late 16th century and developed as part of his grand home in the city. This year they want to discover more about this building and to find more evidence for the civilian settlement (‘town’) that grew up around the Roman fortress. They are also hoping to find out more about the role of the ditches – did they mark the boundaries of areas of the city? – and uncover evidence for the elusive Saxon Chester!

Lisa Harris, Director of Places Strategy, Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “We are delighted once again to take part in this partnership project with the University of Chester. It will not only provide essential experience for the students but also reinforce our commitment to making the historic environment of west Cheshire a great place in which to live and visit.”

The training dig is open for public viewing from May 2 to May 31, 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays and between 12.30pm – 1.30pm), the site will also be open to view on Sunday 2 June during Deva Triathlon 2019. An Open Afternoon will be taking place 1- 4.30pm on May 29 giving you the chance to see first-hand what the students have found and to learn more about the archaeology of this corner of Chester.

Said Dr Amy Gray Jones, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Chester: “It’s with great excitement that our students start a new season of excavation in Grosvenor Park. As an integral part of their archaeology degree it provides a great opportunity for them to develop their skills and experience whilst their discoveries bring them face to face with the changing nature of life in Chester over its long history. We’re particularly eager to find out more about the mysterious ditches uncovered last year and whether they can add to our knowledge of the immediate post-Roman occupation of Chester which is much less well understood.”

The training dig is a partnership project between the archaeologists from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cultural Service (Grosvenor Museum) and the University of Chester and is an essential part of the students’ archaeology degree course. Further information and updates will be available on the students’ Dig Blog during the excavation at:  http://univchester-parkdig.blogspot.co.uk/  Information about the University of Chester Department of History and Archaeology: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/departments/history-and-archaeology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb
20

Weekend (archaeological) pot washing – free but booking essential

Are you interested in the archaeology of Chester?  Would you like some hands-on archaeology experience but don’t have time to volunteer during the week?

On Saturday 9 March Grosvenor Museum archaeologists will be washing Roman pottery from excavations at the site of the old Cheshire Police Headquarters which took place before the current HQ building was constructed.  Would you like to help?

We will be running two sessions at our base in the Grosvenor Museum, Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD:

  • Morning 10 am – 1 pm
  • Afternoon 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

No experience necessary, there will be trained archaeologists to tell you what to do.  Please bring an apron, or wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  You must be over 16 to take part.  Our working space is limited so to book a place please email:

julie.edwards@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Information:
The Grosvenor Museum

27 Grosvenor Street
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2DD

How to get here:
By bus:

The Museum is a 10-15 minute walk from Chester Bus Interchange. From the Cross, walk down Bridge Street and at the traffic lights turn right onto Grosvenor Street. The museum is on the left hand side.

By train:
20 minutes journey from Chester Railway Station. Take the shuttle bus from directly outside the station entrance to the city centre (ticket £1). The museum is a 15 minute walk from the bus stop.

By car:
The nearest public car park is The Little Roodee Coach and Car Park on Castle Drive, a 5 minute walk away from the museum.

Park and Ride:
https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/transport-and-roads/public-transport/buses/park-and-ride.aspx

Jan
17

MAY 2019: Grosvenor Museum Archaeological Volunteer Dates

In August 2018 the Grosvenor Museum started a new project which aims to bring the HQ archaeology project archive to a condition that meets the museum’s and Historic England’s ‘accessible archive’ standards.

A team of volunteers have been washing animal bone, Roman and medieval pottery and building material.  There have been some interesting pieces – tiles with animal prints, legionary stamps, tilers’ signature marks, fragments of hypocaust flue tiles, pieces of Roman chimney and water pipe but the latest find is part of a Roman face pot . 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.

We are now running more finds processing sessions to complete the washing of the huge collection of Roman pottery from the site If you would like to volunteer to help us we will be working in our Grosvenor Museum office Tuesday – Thursday in the following weeks:

Tuesday 7 May – Thursday 9 May

Tuesday 14 May – Thursday 16 May

Tuesday 21 May – Thursday 23 May

The morning session begins at 10:00am, with a break for an hours lunch before the afternoon session at 1.30pm, both sessions will finish by 4:30pm; you are welcome to arrive any time after the session begins and to stay for both the morning and afternoon sessions or just attend for one.

If you would like to come and help please email cheryl.quinn@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk with the dates and times you are able to attend and we will provide the information you will need.

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

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

Information:

The Grosvenor Museum
27 Grosvenor Street
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2DD

How to get here:

By bus:
The Museum is a 10-15 minute walk from Chester Bus Interchange. From the Cross, walk down Bridge Street and at the traffic lights turn right onto Grosvenor Street. The museum is on the left hand side.

By train:
20 minutes journey from Chester Railway Station. Take the shuttle bus from directly outside the station entrance to the city centre (ticket £1). The museum is a 15 minute walk from the bus stop.

By car:
The nearest public car park is The Little Roodee Coach and Car Park on Castle Drive, a 5 minute walk away from the museum. There is a disabled parking bay outside the museum.

Park and Ride:
https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/transport-and-roads/public-transport/buses/park-and-ride.aspx

 

 

Nov
30

Barrow Old Hall and Twiss Green, Warrington

Book CoverA report on the excavations carried out at the moated sites of Barrow Old Hall and Twiss Green in the 1980s is now available from Archaeopress Publishing. The report is available as in print and electronic formats.

Nov
28

HQ Project update and more volunteer dates …

In August 2018 the Grosvenor Museum, with funding from Historic England, started a project which aims to bring a large archaeology project archive up to a condition that meets Museum and Historic England ‘accessible archive’ standards. The archive is from the 2007 excavations at the site of the HQ building in Chester and includes over 300 boxes of finds and 10 large boxes of recording documents as well as numerous site drawings, photographs and digital files.

So far a team of volunteers have washed 112 very large boxes of ceramic building material, animal bone and medieval / post-medieval 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. The pottery includes pieces made locally as well as in France, Germany, and Italy.

We are now running some more finds processing sessions, where we will be sorting, boxing and carrying out basic cataloging  of various finds as well as washing some of the large quantity of Roman pottery from the HQ site and we would very much welcome volunteer help. All the sessions will take place at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester.

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

Tuesday          4 December 9.30 – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

Wednesday    5 December 9.30 – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

Thursday        6 December 9.30 – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

Friday              7 December 9.30 – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

 

Monday          10 December 9.30 am – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

Tuesday         11 December 9.30 am – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

Wednesday   12 December 10 am – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

Friday             14 December 9.30 am – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

 

Tuesday         18 December 9.30 am – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

Thursday       20 December 9.30 am – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

Friday             21 December 9.30 am – 1 pm and 1.45 – 5 pm

 

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 and she will provide you with the information that you will need.

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.

Information:
The Grosvenor Museum
27 Grosvenor Street
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2DD

How to get here:

By bus
The Museum is a 10-15 minute walk from Chester Bus Interchange. From the Cross, walk down Bridge Street and at the traffic lights turn right onto Grosvenor Street. The museum is on the left hand side.

By train
20 minutes journey from Chester Railway Station. Take the shuttle bus from directly outside the station entrance to the city centre (ticket £1). The museum is a 15 minute walk from the bus stop.

By car
The nearest public car park is The Little Roodee Coach and Car Park on Castle Drive, a 5 minute walk away from the museum.

 

 

 

 

 

Nov
09

HQ Project Update

In August 2018 the Grosvenor Museum, with funding from Historic England, started a project which aims to bring a large archaeology project archive up to a condition that meets Museum and Historic England ‘accessible archive’ standards. The archive is from the 2007 excavations at the site of the HQ building in Chester and includes over 300 boxes and crates of finds and 10 large boxes of recording documents as well as numerous site drawings, photographs and digital files. These significant excavations uncovered the remains of Roman buildings, a  medieval nunnery and a 16th/17th century house and produced lots of interesting information.

The first part of the project consists of washing, sorting and re-boxing finds. So far a team of volunteers have washed 70 very large boxes of ceramic building material, 30 large boxes of animal bone and all the excavated medieval and post-medieval pottery. Most of the building material is Roman ceramic building material e.g. roof tiles and includes some interesting pieces – tiles with animal prints, legionary stamps, tilers’ signature marks, fragments of hypocaust flue tiles, pieces of Roman chimney and water pipe, however there are also some very nice medieval floor tiles. The animal bone includes 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. The pottery was mainly produced in Chester and the UK but includes pieces that were made in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Low Countries and China.

There will be more opportunities for people to volunteer in the future so please do watch this space. Thank you from the Grosvenor Museum HQ Team!

Oct
05

HQ Archaeological Volunteers (extra finds washing date)

We have an extra finds washing session on Wednesday 10th October. We will be at the Grosvenor Park Activity Zone from 9.30 in the morning and 1.30 in the afternoon (this is in addition to the Tuesday, Thursday afternoon and Friday already listed in our previous posting).  We appreciate this is short notice but if you are free and would like to come along to this, or any of the other sessions then please send an email to: Julie.Edwards@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

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

Map and travel information:

https://www.grosvenorparkchester.co.uk/plan-your-visit/entrances/

Plan of Park and location of Activity Zone

https://www.grosvenorparkchester.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1200-parkmap.png

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