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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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A community sculpture which was developed using TVLP funding will be delayed after the discovery of two skeletons just below the soil surface in Gainsborough town centre on 26 May 2010. Contractors working on the town centre regeneration project found the bones on what is thought to be a 12th century graveyard that could have pre-Normal origins.

Silverstreet Artworks sculpture for Gainsborough town centre

Silverstreet Artworks sculpture for Gainsborough town centre

The bones have been temporarily recovered by archaeologists and will be washed and examined. They will be reburied in consecrated ground within two years. Works on the town centre was suspended, which means that installation of the Silverstreet Artworks sculpture will be delayed. The expected date for completion of the main structural work is 9 August.

£1,900 of TVLP funding from our Community Grants scheme helped to involve local young people in the design of the sculpture through publicity and participatory sessions, as well as raising awareness of the Trent Vale wildlife.

The final design is a stunning, specially-commissioned metal sculpture insprired by swifts.

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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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