Its that time of year when we bring together all the latest archaeology news and discoveries from around the Manchester city region. Yes, its Greater Manchester Archaeology Day 2019 on Saturday 30th November. Our Brian Grimsditch Memorial lecture thsi year will be given by Dr Mike Heyworth, Executive Director of the Coucnil for British Archaeology. There will also be talks from mesolithic camp sites ot 20th century railway stations. The full programme can be found below at the end of this post.
As usual the venue will be the Peel Hall at the University of a Salford, where you will find lots displays and books to browse, and plenty of archaeology friends to catch up with. There’ll be tea, coffee, juice and biscuits available. Parking is available on campus at the Irwell car park (£4 for the whole day – pay and display and online payment both available).
Booking is now open through our University online shop here (or google search – Salford online shop archaeology day 2019):
9.30am Registration and coffee
9.55am Introduction to the day: Dr Mike Nevell, Head of the Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford
10.00am Welcome: Speaker to be confirmed
10.10am The Brian Grimsditch Memorial Lecture:
‘Seventy-five years of archaeology for all: the mission of the Council for British Archaeology’ – Dr Mike Heyworth (Executive Director, Council for British Archaeology)
10.50am Beyond the Pale: a decade of historic building survey and research at Dunham Massey Jamie Lund (Archaeology & Cultural Heritage Adviser, National Trust)
11.20am Comfort Break
11.30am Everything is Connected: the regeneration of a former railway station and the creation of an urban park at Manchester Mayfield
Tony Lee and Ashley Brogan (Salford Archaeology)
12.00am Recent investigations at Castleshaw Roman Fort
Norman Redhead (Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service)
12.30pm Finds from Chapel Wharf, Salford – an urban pottery and glass assemblage
Samantha Rowe & Mandy Burns (Salford Archaeology)
1.00pm Lunch break
2.00pm Recent archaeological investigations at Worsley Delph and Green
John Roberts (Salford Archaeology) and Mike Nevell (Head of Centre)
2.30pm Conserving Cowherd’s Congregation at the Beefsteak Chapel: the archaeology of Salford’s Swedenborgian Citadel
Ian Miller (Salford Archaeology)
3.00pm Coffee and comfort break
3.30pm A new Mesolithic site at Windy Hill, Littleborough
Stephen Poole (University of Manchester)
4.00pm Excavating Crown Street: industrial developments on Manchester’s southern fringe
Oliver Cook (Salford Archaeology)
4.30pm Questions and closing remarks
Chaired by Dr Michael Nevell
Today marks day one of the third Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival. There are free events taking place across the Manchester city region over four days from Thursday to Sunday (20-23 June), with event run by local groups from the Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation supported by the Centre for applied Archaeology at the University Salford.
We’ll be bringing up updates of some of the event. In the mean time bookings for GMAF19 can be still be made online for the following events:
Follow the link here:
The third Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival will take place in June 2019 from the 20th to the 23rd. As before, there will be a variety of free events hosted by Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation members across the city region, from talks and walks to conferences and excavations.
We will be posting the details of the first events soon. If you want to suggest an event please get in touch by emailing Penny Dargin-Makin at firstname.lastname@example.org
With the success of Greater Manchester Archaeology 2018 now behind us (with over 160 people attending and the unveiling of Greater Manchester’s first identified piece of rock art), we can announce that next year’s GMAD19 will be on Saturday 30th November 2019.
In the meantime as an early Christmas present we are releasing another 10 Greater Manchester’s Past Revealed booklets (volumes 7 to 16) for free download. These include three hall sites (Newton, Radcliffe, Timperley), three industrial urban landscapes (Angel Meadow, Clayton, and Greengate), the historic village of Cheadle, the elite landscape of Dunham Massey, Ashbury’s engineering works in Openshaw, and the Gin Pit colliery near Tyldesley. You can find these on the ‘Publications’ page of this blog site. Enjoy!
Booking for this year’s Greater Manchester Archaeology Day, on Saturday 24th November in the Peel Hall at the University Salford, is now open. There’ll be talks on Roman roads, castles, medieval furnaces and granges, New Bailey Prison, Angel Meadow, and more, plus society stalls and exhibitions.
Come along and talk to professionals and volunteers about Greater Manchester’s shared heritage and how you can help uncover the past. The online link is here:
As part of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation we are making freely available to download all the GMAF newsletters. This encompasses 15 issues spanning 2009 to 2017. These can be found on a dedicated page of this blog site (see above). We shall also be adding future issues of the newsletter as they become available.
A browse through the pages of the GMAF newsletter captures many of the exciting finds and important projects undertaken by community groups across Greater Manchester over the last decade – from uncovering Mesolithic campsites and Roman tombstones to exploring moated halls and textile mills. These pages also record the changing environment within which archaeology is undertaken, from the ever changing planning guidance to the fall and rise of archaeology departments and units.
A constant has been the enthusiasm of local individuals for exploring and promoting the past. We have lost some significant individuals in the last ten years (Ben Edwards, John Hearle, Fed Broadhurst and Brian Grimsditch), but their legacy of enthusiasm and determination to open the past to everyone lives on in the work of our local societies and groups. We are sure that the next ten years will be full of equally important discoveries enabled by equally enthusiastic individuals.
Our second Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival in June 2018 proved a great success with over 250 people taking part in events across the city region.
Highlights included more work on locating the Roman road in Wigan (Wigan Archaeology Society), the excavation of a medieval bloomery at Holcombe (Holcombe Moor Heritage Group) and the location of some of the lost sites of the K8 telephone box in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester. Many thanks to all our local archaeology and heritage societies who put on events. We appreciate all the hard work needed. There will be a chance to catch up with some of the discoveries talked about and show-cased during the festival at this year’s Greater Manchester Archaeology Day, which is on Saturday 24th November 2018, in the Peel Hall at the University of Salford.
We are already thinking about next year’s festival. This will again run for four days in the summer, from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June 2019. All suggestions for events (from digs to workshops and talks) gratefully accepted. Please the save the dates!