Wormingford Landmarks Launches

The first events for Wormingford Landmarks, the Heritage Lottery Funded project run by Wormingford Community Education Centre, will take place in April. The project will explore a prehistoric site near the River Stour to discover more about the first people to settle in this area thousands of years ago.

On Saturday 13th April at 10.30am there will be a ‘walk and talk’
 about crop marks in the middle Stour Valley by Andrew White and Don Goodman from Colchester Archaeological Group followed by a walk to the Landmarks site and a look at previous finds from the area.

On Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm there is an open meeting for anyone interested in the project to come along, meet some of the project contributors and find out how they can get involved in future activities such as archaeological techniques, art and music workshops, film-making, ancient seed project, documentary research and more.

Fieldwalking is a method of mapping an archaeological site by walking across it and picking up finds from the surface and anyone can have a go by booking a place with WCEC in advance.  The fieldwalking will be led by Howard Brooks from Colchester Archaeological Trust and will take place on Saturday 20th and Saturday 27th April, with sessions starting at 10.00am and 2.00pm.  Saturday 4th May will be a reserve fieldwalking day in case of wet weather and/or an opportunity to take part in washing and taking a closer look at the finds.

Amanda Findley, project coordinator, says “We are really excited to be able to offer different opportunities to find out about the ancient history of the area.  The site we will be investigating contains monuments which can only be seen now in crop marks in aerial photographs, so we’re interested in finding out more about these remains and if they can tell us anything about the people who made them.  We will be exploring the archaeological evidence from this Neolithic/Bronze Age site and interpreting it through a variety of activities.  We hope that lots of people will get involved and come along to our free events.”

All events are free and take place at Wormingford Community Education Centre, The Old School, Church Lane, Wormingford CO6 3AZ.  Check the website http://wormingfordcec.org.uk/, like the Facebook page or follow the blog http://wormingfordlandmarks.blogspot.co.uk/ to keep up to date.

For more information or to book a place for any of these events call Amanda Findley on 01206 337338 or email wcec12@gmail.com.

Wormingford Landmarks is one of twenty-four projects currently supported by Cambridge Community Heritage, a University of Cambridge team which brings university researchers together with people and groups beyond the university who are interested in setting up and running their own heritage projects which explore, investigate and enjoy any aspect of the past.  Cambridge Community Heritage involves researchers and community groups with a wide range of interests, specialisms and passions encompassing sites, monuments, buildings, places, spaces and landscapes of all dates along with social, local, family and oral histories of all periods and sectors of society. For more information, visit the CCH website here.

One thought on “Wormingford Landmarks Launches

  1. Rob Simpson March 29, 2013 / 8:06 pm

    Hello Clem, Carenza and Cat

    Barbara and her team are really pleased you have kindly allowed them to join us on the June Dig in Melford-see below.

    Hope you had a good long weekend, and Test Pit site suggestions on a Map, and a brief résumé of locations will be posted over to you shortly, prior to Cat’s recce in due course.

    Best wishes Rob


    Hi Rob,

    Thank you very much for all your help with this. I can’t pass up the chance of doing a test pit with Carenza, so the answer is, yes please. We are trying to get the YAC, Colchester out and about as much as we can. Whatever we are able to arrange for the 12th and 13th June, we can get the Young Archaeologists Club into Long Melford to find out about last years dig, see this year’s site and perhaps do find washing if needed on 15th June. We take pictures of our activities and send them to the Young Archaeologists Club headquarters in York.

    Regards Barbara

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