Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) and Managing a Masterpiece would like to invite all of the people who have volunteered with the archaeological activities undertaken to understand the heritage of the Stour Valley, to a celebration event which will take place on Saturday 16th November 2013. The invitation is open to everyone who has taken part in and helped to support the series of events to engage the public in the heritage of the Stour Valley through fieldwalking, test pitting, earthwork survey and trial trench excavations funded by Managing a Masterpiece and run by Access Cambridge Archaeology. This will be an opportunity to see other volunteers and the staff from ACA and Managing a Masterpiece again, learn more about the results of the activities and consider how to maintain the legacy of archaeological research started in the area. The location and times will be confirmed shortly but to ensure that as many people are available to attend as possible, we are asking you to save the date in preparation for further details.
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). In 2013, ACA returned to Clare twice to lead excavations in the bailey of the medieval castle at Clare Country Park at the end of May and at the start of September. The final Managing a Masterpiece archaeological excavation will take place at Goldingham Hall (near Bulmer) this October, from Wednesday 2nd – Wednesday 9th October 2013 (inclusive) and applications to volunteer are open until Friday 20th September. Application forms and further details can be found on the ACA website here.