Greater Manchester Archaeology Day 2018

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:

GMAD poster 2018


GMAF Newletters added to our blog site

newsletter1.pubAs 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.

GMAF 2019 – Save the dates now!


The medieval bloomery discovered at Holcombe Moor

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!

GMAF 18 is here!

GMAF Logo ColourThe 2018 Greater Manchester Archaeology festival is finally here! There are lots of free events to get involved with across the city region, from digs and surveys to talks and walks. We also have a significant archaeology finding to reveal so stay tuned. Book online here:  If you haven’t booked don’t worry, as for many events you can drop in on the day.

You may have noticed the wonderful logo at the top of this post which has been designed, for free, especially for us by the wonderful people at Interact IT ( We are very grateful and we hope to see all our local archaeology and heritage societies using this over the next four days. You can follow us on Facebook and twitter (#GMAF18). We’d love to see your photos of the events so why not upload them to @archaeologyuos on twitter or email them to Have fun exploring our shared past!

GMAF18 – Another New Event Added

27788577_1548548738593929_8645371415121872128_oWe have a fourteenth event to add to our Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival 2018.  The Prestwich & Whitefield Heritage Society and the South Trafford Archaeological Group are continuing their excavation of the foundations of a 19th century country house of Outwood Lodge in Philips Park, Bury. The two groups have been exploring the site since January and have revealed extensive brick foundations.

Come along and join in the fun. The site is behind The Barn centre in Philips Park. For more details on Prestwich & Whitefield Heritage Society see their website:

Book online here:


GM Festival 2018 – New Event Added

DSCF1143Our thirteenth event for this year’s Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival has just been added to the website. This is a finds workshop that the Tameside Archaeological Society (TAS) will be holding at Portland Basin Museum in Ashton-under-Lyne. Join members of TAS on Sunday 24th June, 10am-3pm and touch the past of Tameside.

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GM Festival 2018 – New Events Added

GMFest18_Flyer1.pub21 June marks the start of the 2018 Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival. Today we are releasing another three festival events in Manchester, Stockport, and Trafford. The Festival runs from 21 June to 24 June (main 2018 booking page link is at the top of this page). All events are free and are organised by the archaeology societies and heritage groups exploring Greater Manchester’s past. The new events are listed below with links to the Eventbrite booking webpages. Scroll down and choose a link for booking.

Trafford: Warburton Graveyard Survey (Thursday 21 June)

Manchester: Bellhouse Walk (Friday 22 June)

Stockport: Scholes Park Archaeology Drop-in (Saturday 23 June)