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Newark’s Hidden Heritage             January 2016 We are delighted to announce that the Newark Town Centre Hidden Heritage group has been awarded £47,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to continue their research into subterranean Newark! The group, which is run by volunteers from the community, was set up in 2013 by local historian Anne Coyne and has since been inundated with reports from people regarding possible tunnels and cellars around the town. To date, volunteers have investigated reports from members of the public, carried out surveys of cellars beneath several properties, and given tours of the service tunnels beneath Clinton Arms Court. This exciting next phase of research will see Trent & Peak Archaeology return in 2016 to conduct further ground penetrating radar surveys of selected areas around the town, building on previous surveys. The results will made available to the public via a website where the properties investigated will be shown on a map, including selected plans, photographs and oral testimonies. The group also hopes to support volunteers by developing heritage skills such as surveying, recording buildings, recording oral histories, investigating documents and maps and archaeological assessments in conjunction with professionals. Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF East Midlands, said “This is an intriguing project that has the potential to uncover a hidden side to Newark’s history and explore whether there is a basis to the many myths and rumours that surround these tunnels. We particularly applaud efforts to capitalise on the significant local interest in the stories and train the community in skills needed to discover and share this history.” Local MP Robert Jenrick adds "Ever since I came to Newark I have been fascinated by the tunnels under the town. I remember the excitement of exploring what remains of the tunnel that begins at the Friary. I'm delighted we will learn more of this shared history thanks to the Hidden Heritage Group and look forward to watching this project development. The tunnels could become another great tourism asset, complementing the Civil War Centre." Anyone interested in volunteering should email info@newarkhiddenheritage.co.uk                                  
New Nottingham Young Archaeologists' Club            January 2016
A new Council for British Archaeology ‘Young Archaeologists’ Club’ (YAC), the only UK-wide club for young people aged 8-16 interested in archaeology, is being launched in Nottingham. Based at the University of Nottingham Museum at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, it is in partnership with Trent and Peak Archaeology, the Galleries of Justice Museum, the City of Caves and Helen Bowen, the Lapsed Archaeologist blogger. This new Club will provide young people in Nottingham, aged 8-16, with a fun and exciting opportunity to get a more hands-on experience of archaeology and history, from the excavation stage, through to the display of artefacts in museums. Meeting once a month, children and young adults will be able to get involved with exciting activities such as Roman food tasting, Aztec headdress making, Castle building, visiting historical and archaeological sites, handling ancient artefacts and participating in excavations. A free  taster session will be held on the 23rd January 2016 between 11am and 4pm, at the University of Nottingham Museum, Nottingham Lakeside  Arts , where there will be more information about YAC and the opportunity to sign up to the group. There will be a variety of hands-on activities to drop by and take part in. From dressing up as a Roman to exploring ancient hairstyles, trying your hand at some Roman games to making a Prehistoric pot out of clay, there will be something for everyone. Budding archaeologists and their guardians can also get up close and personal with the past by handling genuine archaeological artefacts! Anyone interested in becoming a member of YAC who cannot get to the taster sessions should contact Sarah Morriss on 0115 7484950 or sarah.morriss@nottingham.ac.uk, or email Laura Binns – lbinns@yorkat.co.uk 
Our City, Our River Derby:         February 2016 Major excavations on Roman fort commence!             As part of the Our City Our River flood defence project, we are commencing major excavations around Little Chester Roman fort on the north side of Derby. Little Chester (or Derventio, to use the Roman name) was founded around 50AD, replacing an earlier, short-lived, fort east of the River Derwent at Strutts Park. Dervetio appears to have be occupied throughout the Roman period with a thriving civilian settlement (or vicus) to the east and north around Ryknield Street Roman Road. The forthcoming excavations have been reported upon by the Derby Telegraph. From the end of this month, we are able to offer a number of volunteer opportunities on this project, including a community excavation in May. For more details please see our Twitter feed or mail us at TPA.Volunteering.co.uk For any project queries please contact Gareth Davies                                      
Heritage Jigsaw          March 2016
We're excited to be working with Jigsaw Youth Club, which has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This will be used for Heritage JIGSAW, on an innovative project exploring how young adults with autistic spectrum condition can be given greater opportunities to get involved in archaeology . Jigsaw is a group for young adults with autistic spectrum condition (ASC). With TPA members they will be learning about life in medieval Nottingham and at Lenton's lost medieval priory. They will carry out hands-on archaeological investigations into the historic Priory Church of St Anthony (once part of Lenton Priory) and its churchyard, explore medieval food, learn about medieval documents, and visit local historic buildings important in medieval Nottinghamshire's religious and civic life. To increase future opportunities for people with autistic spectrum condition to get involved in their community's history members TPA will create a pack of guidelines, resources, activities and templates to help other groups and services.  The project is also looking for  volunteers.  Opportunities include supporting archaeology and other heritage learning activities, and offering training and support in design, audiovisual editing and website creation. For more information, or to find out more about opportunities for volunteering, contact Alison, Communities Project Supervisor at TPA, on 0115 8967400 or amontgomery@yorkat.co.uk
Our City, Our River Derby:         April 2016 Help Uncover Roman Derby!            From Tuesday (3 May), Trent & Peak Archaeology are opening up trenches for members of the public to get involved and try their hand at excavating Roman Derby. The archaeology is part of necessary preparation work for the Our City Our River flood defence and regeneration project being led by Derby City Council. The construction for the project is being carried out by GBV Ltd (joint venture by Galliford Try and Black & Veatch) A number of trenches have been excavated and so far, have uncovered numerous artefacts from the Roman age fort of Derventio and civilian settlement of Vicus along with some slightly more recent post-mediaeval finds which has allowed a much greater understanding of early Derby and the city’s heritage as far back as 2000 years ago. The Big Dig will run from Tuesday 3 May to Friday 27 of May and is a chance for the Derby community to get hands (or trowel) on with the Roman heritage of the city, learn some new skills and make friends along the way! The dig site will centre on the Roman road of Ryknield Street that lies under Darley Playing fields, and in Roman times would have been an important trade and travel route. To get involved and volunteer you can email TPA.Volunteering@yorkat.co.uk or call 07767 238756. Please note that you must sign-up to take part due to Health and Safety requirements.                                    
Community Archaeology at    May 2016 Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre   The Canalside Heritage Centre (CHC) in Beeston Rylands is running a community archaeology week Tuesday 10 May - Friday 13 May, with an open day on Sunday 15 May and we are  delighted to be providing our professional services to this brilliant local initiatve. The CHC are offering places on the community archaeology to residents ofBeeston (minimum age applies, for health & safety), with prioritygoing to those in the Rylands. There's theoption of being part of an excavation or learning building recording and surveying. The community open day, for all ages, is on Sunday 15 May. For further information please visit the Canalside Heritage Centre Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/canalsideheritagecentre.                                    
Archaeology for all the family!        July 2016 Get hands-on in our trench at Nottingham Castle with We Dig the Castle! and Archaeology Live!, Saturday 16 July Families of all ages can try out  different types of archaeology at the famous Nottingham Castle. With the help of archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology you'll discover how we find out about the past, what archaeologists really do, and  what's beneath your feet. You could be digging, looking for artefacts, or helping to clean the objects discovered. Whatever your age , there's something for you to do! You'll be part of our real dig at the Castle, as we look for evidence of the English Civil War and remains of the Norman castle that it destroyed. You don't need any experience, or any special equipment or clothing. Just bring a sun hat (or your wellies!), enthusiasm, and a smile. We have places for 15 people in each time slot. These run at 11am, 12 noon, 3pm and 4pm, and you'll need to arrive 10 minutes before the start. All ages are welcome, but under-16s need to come with a parent/guardian. Where children are aged under-12 there is a maximum of 2 children per parent/guardian. Booking is essential, so to reserve places for your family get in touch with Laura or Alison at TPA.Volunteering@yorkat.co.uk or on 0115 8967400. When your place is confirmed print out your confirmation email (or bring it on your phone) and all family members joining the dig will get free entry to the Castle!  
The Martinmas Fair is back!   July 2016           Trent  & Peak is excited to be working in partnership with The Lenton Centre to help the community of Dunkirk & Lenton organise the Martinmas Fair 2016. Started in 2014, this now annual event celebrates the legacy of Lenton Priory, past and present.  Lenton Priory, one of England's wealthiest and most powerful monastic houses, was closed by Henry VIII in the 1530s. However, recent excavations have shown that remains of many of its key buildings, including its cathedral-like church, survive underground.  Trent & Peak will be at the fair, leading archaeological tours, and  showing finds from the site. Come along to hear us talk about the recent excavations. As well as being a great religious and civic power Lenton Priory was home to a famous, 8-day long fair, held each year at Martinmas - the feast day of St Martin. Beginning in the 1160s, the Martinmas Fair was Nottingham's first famous fair.  This revival of the fair, Dunkirk and Lenton's living history day, celebrates this legacy and the area's unique identity, whilst showcasing all of the great things happening today. With falconry, re-enactment, have-a-go archery, costumed characters, talks, the unveiling of artwork, craft activities, market stalls, music and more, there's something for everyone. The Martinmas Fair 2016 takes place in Old Lenton on Saturday 22 October. Find out more at martinmasfairlenton.weebly.com                                  
Newark Civil War ditch   January 2017          Archaeological work undertaken by Trent & Peak has unearthed important new information about Newark’s history during the English Civil War. Trent and Peak was commissioned  as part of Severn Trent’s £60 million investment in Newark’s waste and water network. During the digging of a sewer shaft a defensive ditch was uncovered just a few hundred yards away from the National Civil War Centre. This contained 17th century salt glazed pottery and a single piece of lead shot, the latter from a pistol or carbine.   Newark was an important theatre of the English Civil War. As Stuart Jennings, adviser at the National Civil War Centre, has said, “This is a truly exciting discovery. During the British Civil Wars the town was one of the most heavily defended in England and we have substantial surviving earthworks from the period like the Queen's Sconce fort. But we know that much more awaits discovery under the ground. After King Charles lost the north of England at the Battle of Marston Moor the chief threat to Newark would come from this direction. So to find such substantial defences and deep ditches to the north of the town is not surprising.  We also know from documentary evidence that local people were conscripted to do much of the work.  The trench was part of a massive network of fortifications which by 1645 kept at bay a vast Parliamentarian and Scots army numbering 16,000. It will be fascinating to see what emerges from a detailed analysis of the objects recovered". Severn Trent’s work in Newark is due to continue until 2020. It is hoped that the project will continue to reveal evidence about Newark’s experiences during the English Civil War. See the Newark Advertiser and the Nottingham Post, or find out more on the Severn Trent website.                                  
Confetti site, Nottingham   February 2017 The 'most important find in Nottingham for a decade' Trent & Peak Archaeologists working at the site of Nottingham Trent University’s Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies have unearthed what has been called the city’s greatest archaeological discovery of the past decade. It has long been known that in the Middle Ages a defensive ditch ran along what is now Lower Parliament Street, enclosing the town and marking the boundary of the settlement. Finds at the Confetti site, to the north of Lower Parliament Street, suggest that this area of Convent Street might have been one of the few industrial sites on the outside of medieval Nottingham’s town defenses. TPA archaeologists have already uncovered boundary ditches and square ditches cut into the underlying rock. Pottery, glass and roof tiles within the ditches indicate strongly that this was a site of medieval pottery production. This gives an important insight into the area immediately outside the town defences - an area generally little known about for the medieval period.  Acting Nottingham City Archaeologist Scott Lomax has called the finds ‘the greatest archaeological discovery within Nottingham city centre of the past decade. I can say this is a very significant discovery. It is an area of the city centre which we know little about and this site will greatly enhance our understanding of what was happening immediately outside the medieval defences more than 600 years ago.’ Trent & Peak is working at the site as part of the construction of a new creative and digital learning space for Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies. Archaeologists will be proactively encouraging groups of staff and students to visit the site, allowing members of the university to learn more about the significance of the finds. Confetti's director of operations, Greg Marshall told the Nottingham Post that ‘it seems quite appropriate that our new digital media hub could be built on a site where a creative industry was practiced hundreds of years ago’. Find out more
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