GM Festival Events 2018

GMFest18_Flyer1.pubThe 2018 Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival is almost here! Today we are releasing the first batch of eight events across seven boroughs of the Manchester city region for Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 June. As in 2017 all events are free. The events are listed below with links to the Eventbrite booking webpages. Scroll down and chose a link for booking.

GM Archaeology Fest 18: Launch Event & Telecommunications Lecture ‘The K8 – 50th Anniversary of Britain’s last red phonebox’

Centre for Applied Archaeology, Peel Building basement
Thursday 21st June, 4pm to 6pm, 50 free places

Launch event for the Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival 2018. Prof Nigel Linge of the University of Salford will kick-off the Festival with a talk on ‘The K8 – the 50th Anniversary of Britain’s last red phonebox’. A chance to mingle with fellow archaeology enthusiasts and hear about the exciting events available over the four days of the Festival. The will be books and displays on view.

Manchester’s Communications Archaeology Walk

Dr Michael Nevell & Prof Nigel Linge
Friday 22 June, 11am to 2pm, 20 free places

This three-hour tour of Manchester’s communications archaeology from the 18th to the 20th century starts at Victoria Station and finishes at Piccadilly Station. Along the way we shall explore Manchester’s early waterfronts along Water Street, Liverpool Road Railway Station opened in 1830, Castlefield Canal basin and the Bridgewater Canal (opened here in 1763), the Rochadale Canal, and the Princess Street warehouse district and Manchester telecommunications history (scattered long our near circular route, much of hidden in sight!). This is mostly along pavements so good footware is advised. There will be handouts.

Wigan: Brimlow Roman Road Dig

Wigan Archaeology Society
Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June, 10am to 4pm

This year Wigan are inviting volunteers to help them have another look at the Roman road they discovered in 2004 (i.e. the road from Wigan to Walton-le-Dale). In 2016 WAS carried out a GPR Survey on this road, which is just north of Wigan, to test if this type of survey could detect the road where resistivity had consistently failed. The survey was a success showing clear indications of the road running south from or previous excavations. It also revealed other linear features which they thought they should investigate. Two days are available i.e. Friday and Saturday, with places for six volunteers per day.

Meet at Brimelow Farm. Parking on Gidlow Lane. WN6 8RT.

For further details about Wigan Archaeology Society see:

Bolton: Hall I’th’Wood History Day

Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society, 10am – 4pm (tours at 12pm and 2pm), 40 free places
Saturday 23rd June,

Join Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society for an exploration of the History of Hall I’th’Wood, Bolton. Get involved with geophysics as the group survey the lawns, take a guided tour through the hall’s history including access into the hidden attics, families can get involved in craft activities in the Great Hall from 12pm until 3pm.

Suitable for ages 5 to adult. Guided tours will take place at 12pm and 2pm with a maximum of 15 spaces on each (first come first serve), suitable footwear must be worn.

Bury: Walls and Boundaries in the Holcombe Valley

Holcombe Moor Heritage Group, 1pm to 4pm
Saturday 24th June

Holcombe Moor Heritage Group are holding a guided walk in the Holcombe Valley to show the variety of walls and boundaries in the local area. The walk is not suitable for wheelchair users. Participants should be comfortable walking up and down varied terrain (4.5 miles) for at least 3 hours. Please come prepared for hiking and for inclement weather.

Starting at 1300 hours on Saturday 23rd June 2018 from the car park on Lumb Carr Road (B6214), 0.6 miles up the hill after the Hare & Hounds pub (postcode BL0 9RY) in Holcombe Brook.

Tameside: Tameside Local History Forum History & Archaeology Day

Tameside Local History Forum and The Together Centre
Saturday 24th June

Exhibitions from Dukinfield Old Hall Chapel, Old Chapel Dukinfield, Newton Hall, Gorse Hall, Globe Lane Pals, The Moravian Settlement and Museum. Cheshire Family History Society, and The Forums ‘Extraordinary Women’ , plus many more local groups.

  • Tameside Archaeology Society will be giving a talk on their recent projects at approx. 11am.
  • Gay Oliver will be talking about Kate Bradbury Egyptologist of Riversvale Hall at approx. 1pm

Also joining us will be Landy Publishing’s Bob Dobson, a favourate for book collectors. Refreshments available. Everyone welcome.

Oldham: Castleshaw Roman Forts Tours

Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts, 11am to 4pm
Sunday 24th June

The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts will be conducting two guided tours to the Roman Forts site. These will take place at 11am and 2pm on Sunday 24th June. Each tour will last about 2 hours. Meet at the public car park on Waterworks Road, adjacent to the Castleshaw Centre near Delph. Stout footwear required and there is a fairly step ascent to the Roman Forts site. The tour will explain the earthwork remains of the forts and the history of excavation that allows us to understand the Agricolan fort of  AD 79 and its replacement by a much small fortlet in around AD 105. There will be an opportunity to see archaeologists from the Friends undertaking exploratory excavations outside the fort’s eastern defences, as well as geophysical survey.

Further details about the Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts can be found here:

Trafford: Roman Pottery Workshop

South Trafford Archaeological Group, 1pm to 4pm
Sunday 24th June

A chance to get ‘Hands On’ and find out more about some real Roman pottery from the Roman fort and vicus at Northwich in Cheshire, excavated by STAG from 1987 to 1990. There will be a presentation based on the excavation of a site in Weaver Street, Northwich, Cheshire followed by handling and looking at Roman finds from the site. You will get an opportunity to identify and learn how to archaeologically conserve this type of Roman pottery.

For more details about the South Trafford Archaeological Group see:


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