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Trent & Peak Archaeology  Established 1967
2018 will be the opportunity for We Dig the Castle to do more.... We're bringing back the most popular things from 2017, while adding brand new activities and skills, to make We Dig the Castle better than ever before. We Dig the Castle 2018 will offer something for everyone, whether you're a keen digger or are especially interested in historic buildings, geophysics or post-excavation. 2018 offers a brand new programme of test-pitting, recording, auguring, post-excavation, finds identification, building recording, digitisation and more, with trainees carrying out training and hands-on work not only in Nottingham Castle's outer bailey but also in Brewhouse Yard and the historic Castle Road area. Trainees will be able to get involved in a variety of ways, ranging from a 1 or 2 day taster session to a 2 week training place. We'll also be bringing back our variety of discounts, with reductions available for under-18s*, students, return trainees, and former volunteers with Trent & Peak Archaeology or its community partners (*ages 14-16 must attend with an adult aged 18- plus).
Trent & Peak Archaeology is a trading name of York Archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research. Limited Registered Office: 47 Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX A Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England No. 1430801 A registered Charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846)
Held at the world-famous Nottingham Castle,                         a Scheduled Monument
We cater for all levels of skill, experience and prior knowledge, whether you have (or are working towards) a qualification in archaeology, are a Time Team fan, are part of a local history or archaeology group group looking to expand its skills base, or just want to try something new.     
16 July - 17 August 2018 Nottingham Castle's annual training excavation A partnership between Nottingham City Council, Trent & Peak Archaeology,  and Historic England
Nottingham Castle's annual excavation is carefully designed to contribute to our understanding of the Castle site while providing exciting opportunities for training. Do you want to learn hands-on archaeology by being part of Nottingham Castle's annual training excavation? Do you have a day or more free this summer? We Dig the Castle Is back for 2018 and is looking for members of the community, archaeology students and members of history and archaeology groups who would like to learn archaeological field skills while uncovering new information about the Nottingham Castle site and its surroundings.
Nottingham Castle - a Scheduled Ancient Monument Castle Rock has had a turbulent, and often violent, history. After the Normans seized England in 1066 William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a motte and bailey castle on this  easily defended rocky outcrop at the heart of the country. One of the most important royal castles outside of London, and on a par with Warwick Castle and the Tower of London, it was a seat of government, parliament and law, plus a royal palace, a prison, a symbol of the crown’s power, and a powerful tool for local control. Consequently, seeking to usurp Richard the Lionheart, it was Nottingham Castle that Prince John seized, forcing the newly-returned king to lay seige to it. Similarly, it was at Nottingham Castle that Queen Isabella and her lover Roger, Earl Mortimer, were seized, in order for their regime to be overthrown. And, as the seat of his parliament, and his favourite residence, it was from here that Richard III chose to rally his troops and set out for the Battle of Bosworth. The power, and symbolic significance, of Nottingham Castle did not end with the medieval period. Although its buildings had entered decay it remained a vital stronghold of royal power. Thus it was that in 1642 King Charles I came to Nottingham Castle to raise his standard and rally his supporters, catapulting Britain into the civil wars that would culminate in his execution. Soon succumbing to Parliamentarian forces, Nottingham Castle was subject to repeated, but unsuccessful, Royalist attacks throughout the English Civil War. Knowing, even after the Regicide, the strength of any enemy holding Nottingham’s Castle, Parliament ordered its near total destruction in 1652. With the castle demolished its site was purchased by the exiled Royalist commander William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, and his Ducal Palace was built. Less than two centuries later, in 1831, this palace was set alight in riots sparked by the failure of the Reform Bill that would have extended the franchise. The burned-out ruins were abandoned, until in 1878 the Ducal Palace was rebuilt as England's first provincial municipal art gallery and museum. The site is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and includes the rebuilt Ducal Palace and its grounds, Brewhouse Yard and the extensive cave network hidden inside Castle Rock.
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