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Our Trent Vale Landscape Partnership exhibition in the bandstand at Newark CastleTVLP’s Time Travel event at Newark Castle on 31 July was a great success with around 3,000 people coming along. Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Archaeology team, the castle grounds were buzzing with battle re-enactments, Saxon craftsmen, a medieval armoury, historical storyteller and an executioner (with his collection of cruel implements)!

Rarely open to the public, the castle doors were also flung open for visitors to explore the castle roof, dark store rooms and cramped, dingy dungeons.

Trevor Watson, Saxon wood workerOverwhelming numbers of people came along to explore the history, enjoy the food and watch the displays. ‘I learned plenty of new and interesting facts as my daughter went off in search of princesses’ and ‘interesting and informative, the day showed just what a gem Newark castle really is’ were views from two visitors who posted letters to the Newark Advertiser (6 Aug 2010).

Christopher Pennell, Chair of the Board of Trustees at HLF, used the event to make a speech about the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership programme. In particular, the HLF’s recognition that Trent Vale is a unique, important and special area for its heritage, wildlife and industry, and its desire to support rural communities.

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We are inviting people to explore thousands of years of history at archaeological excavations in Besthorpe Quarry on Thursday 5 August between 10 am and 4pm. The quarry is on Carlton Ferry Lane just north of Collingham, and will be signposted from Collingham.

The free open day is being organised by partners Nottinghamshire County Council as part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership. Come along between 10 am and 4pm and you will see some of the best local finds, including Stone Age flint tools, Bronze and Iron Age pottery and Roman building materials, fine glass and imported table-ware.

The Besthorpe excavation is due to finish in 2013 when quarry owner Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK will start extracting sand and gravel from the site.  Lafarge is funding the University of Salford to carry out the excavation.

We are very excited about the excavation because it an important local heritage site. Councillor John Cottee, Nottinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Community, said: “Besthorpe Quarry is a large and complex site that was settled from prehistoric to Roman times. It has produced a wealth of information revealing how people from nomadic hunter-gatherers to Romano-British farmers lived in and used this area. Visitors to the open day will be guided round the site by Council archaeologists and will be able to see some of the numerous finds.”

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Queues formed at the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership stall at the Sconce Fest on Sunday as children, grandmothers, teenagers and dads waited to join in the Civil War purse making workshop. Sue Rodgers from Nottinghamshire County Council led the workshops and showed people how to lace together leather purses. Over 35 free purses were made during the afternoon as hundreds of people joined the celebrations to officially reopen Sconce and Devon Park. 

Other activities included re-enactments by the Sealed Knot, displays by Newark Heritage Barge and Farndon Sea Scouts, music by the competition winner of Newark’s Got Talent and dance displays by local groups.

If you wish to know more about the Sconce and Devon Park project click here.

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Around 60 people came along to the Marton heritage day on Saturday 29 May at Marton village hall. The finds from the archaeological field walking event which took place in April were on display, along with previous finds from the same site. The site is a Roman roadside settlement, and artefacts included Roman pottery of several different types, from expensive table-ware to storage jars, roof tile, coins, brooches, and cosmetic equipment.

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Sunday 11 April 2010 saw the beginning of the Community Heritage Project in Marton with Lincolnshire County Council. A total of 26 volunteers turned up to have a go at archaeological field walking and metal detecting on a known Roman roadside settlement. Thankfully the weather held out and lots of different types of Roman pottery, roof tiles, coins, and even a prehistoric struck flint were collected. Everyone worked hard and contributed to a successful day.

Sorting artefacts found on the Marton field walk dayThe finds will be sorted and analysed, and the results will be presented to the community on 29 May 2010 in Marton Village Hall from 11am onwards. In November we are hoping to hold an archaeological excavation in Marton on the Roman settlement, in which volunteers from the community are invited to take part. No experience is necessary, as training and supervision will be provided.

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