West Wickham Big Village Dig

From Finding Richard III to West Wickham Big Village Dig

Archaeologist, Mathew Morris, site director for the recent excavations in Leicester where the remains of Richard III were discovered, will be returning to his home village to take part in the WEST WICKHAM BIG VILLAGE DIG over the weekend of 13 & 14 July. Mathew, a former pupil of Linton Village College, will be one of nearly one hundred volunteers of all ages who will be excavating nineteen archaeological test pits in gardens throughout the village in an attempt to find some evidence of its medieval origins about which very little is known. They will be guided and supported throughout the weekend by three Cambridge University archaeologists from the Cambridge Community Heritage team – Carenza Lewis , Alex Pryor and Britt Baillie, who is herself a village resident.

This exciting project, organised by West Wickham & District Local History Club, is funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories grant and aims to inspire and encourage an interest in the history of the village across the whole community. Participants in this hands-on archaeological project will be able to find out something about past life in the village and add to historical knowledge both locally and nationally.

For further information, interviews and photo opportunities please contact

Janet Morris, West Wickham & District Local History Club

Tel: 01223 290863 Email: jmmorris@jmmorris.plus.co

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