Archive for July, 2011

Besthorpe excavation last yearJust to let you know that Tuesday 9 August is now fully booked.  We’re sorry we can’t take anyone else on that day. 

At the moment there are still spaces on all the other days. The excavation will be open to volunteer diggers between 8 and 19 August (excluding weekends). So if you fancy coming along and getting your hands dirty get in touch with the Nottinghamshire County Council community.archaeology@nottscc.gov.uk or call Emily Gillott 0115 977 2160.

If you have filled in an application form but not let us know what day(s) you would like to do, please get in touch asap. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!


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On Sunday 24 July Nottinghamshire County Council opened the Mons Pool archaeological excavation to the public. Visitors could view and handle some of the finds from the site, and take a guided tour of the archaeology. We had around 150 people visit the site; which is more than ever before. Thanks to everyone who came.

We are looking at the possibility of running another open day at the end of the excavation season. Watch this space for more information!

The excavation will be open to volunteer diggers between 8and 19 August (excluding weekends). If you are interested in taking part contact the community archaeologists at community.archaeology@nottscc.gov.uk.

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Saturday 30th July 2011

10am to 4pm

Newark Castle, Castlegate

  • Once again doors will creak open to reveal hidden corners of the Castle.
  • Dare you take a tour of the dungeons? – pre booking 30 minutes before each tour on the day.
  • R-enactors from throughout history will delight every generation.
  • Dynamic clashes between knights of old will thrill and excite.

Also including stalls, displays, musician, crafts children’s activities and more. Event orgsniaed by Nottinghamshire County Council. Please come along!

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Emily Gillott, Community Archaeologist at Notts County Council, is braving the media today for a live interview with Richard Spurr at BBC Radio Nottingham.

The interview is expected to take place around 1:45pm and Emily will talk about Time Travel Trent Vale – a fun, family-friendly heritage and archaeology event we are holding at Newark Castle this weekend on Sunday 31 July. The doors of the Castle will be open for behind-the-scenes tours, there will be re-enactors, stalls, food and much more. Please come along!

You can listen live by clicking here.

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The interior of St Paul's at MortonLincolnshire County Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and the Diocese of Lincoln are offering people in Trent Vale the chance to get involved in understanding more about the fabric of their churches, how art is used in churches, and to create their own church-inspired artworks.

The sessions will be run by experts on church architecture and artists who specialise in painting, ceramics, masonry, stained glass and photography.

The days are free and lunch is provided. Booking is essential. If you would like to come along here are the two sessions we are running:

26 August 10am to 4pm at St Pauls church, Morton, Lincs. To attend this day please contact Sarah Grundy on 01522 553109 or email sarah.grundy@lincolnshire.gov.uk

16 September 10am to 4pm at the Village Hall and St Wildfrids church, Low Marnham, Notts. To attend this day please contact Janet Valenti 0115 9772187 email janet.valenti@nottscc.gov.uk

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A pleasant day out in the sun, recording gravestones at Norwell churchyardNotts CC Community Archaeologists are looking for volunteers to help with the  graveyard surveying days at St peter’s church, Laneham.

Dates: Saturday 9 , Monday 11 and  Tuesday 12 July
Time: 10am to 3pm
Location: St Peter’s Church, Laneham

We are looking for more people to come along and take part in these surveys, and all training will be provided.

We will be recording information from headstones, as well as their condition. Headstones suffer badly through weathering, and over time the information inscribed on them can be lost. So surveys like this are very important for providing genealogical information, as well as providing a benchmark by which the rate of erosion of stones can be measured.

If you are interested in coming along or finding out more please contact Emily Gillott, Community Archaeologist, emily.gillott@nottscc.gov.uk  Tel: 0115 977 2160.

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BTCV will be holding the following free one-day courses at Langford Lowfields, TARMAC Langford Quarry, Newark road, Collingham, NG23 7RF….

Sunday 17 July – Dragonfly and Damselfly identification

Sunday 14 August – Butterfly and moth identification

From 10-4pm for 12 people. Booking essential. As the quarry is closed on the weekend, please arrive at the entrance to TARMAC quarry at 9.45am so Jenni the Site Warden can let you in.

Bring food, drinks, insect repellent, sturdy footwear, waterproofs. The day will involve an overall walk of about 3 miles around the reserve. To book a place please contact Sue Coy s.coy@btcv.org.uk Tel: 0115 931 3316

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