The Stour Valley Landscape Partnership project, Managing a Masterpiece has already exceeded the number of volunteer days it originally aimed to offer by seven times, to a current total of over 3500 volunteer days in under three years. The archaeological projects account for well over half of those volunteer days, many of which have been run by Access Cambridge Archaeology!
The Managing a Masterpiece scheme was awarded £910,000 by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (which operates through the Heritage Lottery Fund) to deliver 62 projects within three programmes over a three year period along the Stour Valley, which began in the summer of 2010.
You can find out more about the archaeological activities run by Access Cambridge Archaeology as part of Managing a Masterpiece on our website here. The collaboration began with a fieldwalking event in March 2011 near the village of Bures, which was later followed by two community excavations with the local community, at Mount Bures in August 2011 and Bures Common in June 2012. ACA have also engaged the public in the heritage of the Stour Valley through fieldwalking events at Brundon (December 2011) and Bulmer (November 2012), and test pit excavations in Nayland (October 2012) and Clare (April-May 2011). ACA are returning to Clare to lead a nine day community excavation in the bailey of the medieval castle at Clare Country Park at the end of May, and applications are open until Monday 18th March. Please see the website here for more details.