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

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 and to sort, bag, box and create basic catalogues of this pottery and the remaining materials in the archive (e.g. wall plaster, metals, ceramic building materials, glass). If you would like to volunteer to help us we will be working in our Grosvenor Museum office Monday – Friday in the following weeks:

Monday 11 March – Friday 15 March   (nb Monday start 10.30 am)

 Monday 18 March – Friday  22 March

Monday 25 March – Friday 29 March

The morning session begins at 9.30 (except for March 11 which starts at 10:30 due to a Staff Meeting), with a break for lunch before the afternoon session at 1.45, both sessions will finish by 5; 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 julie.edwards@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

Sep
24

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:

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

 

Sep
21

BBC News: Chirk Castle dig tries to unearth origins of Offa’s Dyke

BBC News reports on a collaboration between to the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust and the National Trust to investigate the origins of Offa’s Dyke.

BBC News

Sep
20

BBC News: Hot weather reveals hidden history to archaeologists

The BBC reports on how the hot summer has been a benefit to archaeologists.

BBC News

Sep
07

Norton Priory Conference. 6 October 2018

Norton Priory third bi-annual conference with the latest research into the site and its collections. For more information and booking details visit the Norton Priory website

Link to Norton Priory website

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