The ‘Dig Greater Manchester’ community archaeology project was funded by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) and managed by the Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford (CfAA). It ran from 2011 to 2016. The project was amongst the largest community-based archaeological projects in the UK during that period. It covered the whole of Greater Manchester along with Blackburn with Darwen. There were 11 site evaluations and two flagship digs, several spin off sites, an extensive school’s outreach programme and a volunteer workshop series. The fieldwork for DGM has now finished and the project team are working on the final reports and publications.
As part of the long-term legacy of the project the Centre for Applied Archaeology has set up the first Dig Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival. This will run from June 22 to June 25, 2017. We hope this will be the first of annual series events bringing together voluntary archaeology and heritage groups across the city region to showcase their research and encourage wider community involvement.
Along with our regular Greater Manchester Archaeology Day on the last Saturday of each November the festival will help bring the archaeology of the city’s region to all.