Clare Castle Excavations Volunteer Feedback

“The chance to excavate, touch and feel objects that have lain in the ground for centuries is an experience I will never forget. I will definitely be applying for volunteering on future digs.” Peter (Days 1, 8 &9)

“I have had great fun. Everyone very approachable, helpful and friendly. Well organised. Easy to follow instructions. Tea and coffee a nice touch.” Kim (Days 4 & 5)

“Very enjoyable and impressed with how involved staff allowed us to be. Good fun.” Lee (Days 4,5 & 6)

“The overall professional yet laid-back approach was particularly good. All of the archaeologists were knowledgable but not patronising… It combines the actual practicality of archaeology with the academia. It is not mindless digging, but gives you an awreness of what is around you which in most spheres of life you do not appreciate… Good fun, rewarding and the most salient factor is that it makes a difference.” Nick (Days 1, 4 & 5)

“Nice to meet up again with people we’d met on previous digs. Enjoyed both of the trenches I worked in – both totally different experiences. Not a resident of Clare but pleased to be able to help. An incredible number of people visited the dig, which added to the interest of the activity. Thank you very much ACA & Managing a Masterpiece.” (Philip, Days 4 & 5)

“Very enjoyable and an experience I will remember for a long time, the staff and people were very friendly which spurred you on. “ Kevin (Days3 & 4)

“This has been a wonderful experience and I have enjoyed the last two days. I feel very proud to have been part of such an exciting project. My son has really enjoyed it and it has really captured his imagination. He has been very enthusiastic. We have both enjoyed the experience. Thank you all.” Sarah (Days 6 & 7)

“I have fulfilled one of my life-long dreams of doing archaeology. It was a great few days that I thoroughly enjoyed, I learnt lots of new things and met some lovely new people. I look forward to volunteering for future digs.” (Tina, Days 3 & 4)

“I’m trying to become an archaeologist so watching all of the archaeologists and the archaeology was very great but very helpful at the same time… it was the best experience of my life.” Harry (Aged 12, Days 1 & 2)

“Seeing my boys enjoying it was the best part for me. Both of them (aged 13 & 14) were very very pleased to find such rare pottery (Mill Green Ware) and a lovely team.” David (Days 5 & 6)

“It was hard work but most enjoyable. I’ve found some interesting finds and worked with some great and knowledgeable people. Everyone was friendly and easy going and REALLY look forward to the next dig! Thanks for the opportunity.” Phil (Days 3, 5 & 6)

“I am very tired after my weekend spent on the excavation, but am very content that I have contributed to telling Clare’s history. The highlight was definitely finding beautifully painted medieval window glass on day 2; I had waited all Saturday to find some!” Gemma (Days 3 & 4)

“Really enjoyed the excavatation, really great to be ‘hands on’ instead of reading or watching archaeology on TV. Everyone was really friendly and would answer the many questions thaat I asked all the time!! Would love to do more archaeology in the future.” Sarah (Days 1 & 2)

“It’s a great feeling to find pieces of archaeology and it was nice to clean them up to get a better look. All the ACA staff were friendly and shared their knowledge when asked. I would do something like this again.” Holly (Days 7 & 8)

An enormous thank you to everyone involved in the excavations which took place at Clare Country Park at the end of May. We really appreciated the effort, enthusiasm and comaraderie of everyone who helped to dig, sieve, wash, record and take interest in our excavations. All of us at Access Cambridge Archaeology were delighted to work with you and really enjoyed the warm welcome we received in Clare for the nine days of the dig.

If anyone has photographs, film or further comments to add to our record then please send them to me at this e-mail address. We would love to see the excavations from your persepctive and hear about your exepriences.

A full report will be compiled in due course once all of the finds have been separated, weighed, photographed and sent for specialist identification. The first report we expect to receive in the next month or two will be on the pottery which you will be able to download from the Clare Castle webpage when available –

The Clare Castle excavations were funded by Managing a Masterpiece, the Stour Valley Landscape Partnership, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can find out more about their forthcoming events and lasting legacy on the Managing a Masterpiece website –

One thought on “Clare Castle Excavations Volunteer Feedback

  1. jacqueline maynard June 15, 2013 / 11:57 pm

    Hello Team, Just to say thank you for all the daily ‘posts’ of the above. Although I can’t really do manual tasks any more it was great to spend a couple of days visiting the site to see and find out what was going on and to have Carenza’s Summing Up each day. It was interesting to read everyone’s take on the daily discoveries and who posted on ACA. Best wishes, Jackie Maynard

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