A new society for anyone interested in exploring the heritage of the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale on the borders of Essex and Suffolk, Stour Valley Community Archaeology (SVCA) is now ready to recruit members and start fundraising for their first excavation. SVCA has been formed by a group of local residents who volunteered regularly with archaeological activities run in the area by Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) as part of Managing a Masterpiece, a Heritage Lottery Funded landscape partnership. Now that the three year project has come to a close, SVCA intends to build on the Managing a Masterpiece legacy and continue running a programme of excavations open to people of all ages and abilities.
Membership forms and futher details are available from firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership rates for 2014 are as follows: Adult £10, Family (at same address) £15, Students/Under 18’s £5. SVCA members will have access to regular newsletters and updates, participation and on-site insurance for local archaeological excavations and admission to an annual lecture by a keynote speaker. The society’s patrons are Dr Carenza Lewis, ACA Director, and a local historian, Ashley Cooper. SVCA have been invited by Ashley to return to excavate on his land at Goldingham Hall, near Bulmer, in spring 2014. You can read here about what was discovered at Goldingham when ACA led a four-day community excavation there last October, the final event of Managing a Masterpiece.