We Dig… Wollaton Park

Our training dig in Nottingham for Summer 2021. Join us for a day or a full week to learn what it takes to be a field archaeologist.

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We Dig… Nottingham’s annual training excavation, is a partnership between Trent & Peak Archaeology, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham City Council. The programme has been running every year since 2015 but sadly was cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We Dig… Wollaton Park continues archaeological investigations of the formal gardens of Wollaton Hall, searching for evidence of buildings and garden features depicted on 17th century paintings of the Hall and developing a new understanding of how the park might have looked in the post medieval period. 2021 trainees can look forward to a packed programme that will introduce and improve basic archaeological skills whilst providing the opportunity to expand their knowledge into other parts of the archaeological process, such as finds identification and, new for this year, archaeobotany. It’s not just about excavation!

Wollaton Hall was built in 1580-1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby and was designed by Robert Smythson. The park and gardens were developed between 1687 and 1800, with the construction of the lake taking place between 1774 and 1785. The Hall and Park was sold to the Nottingham Corporation in 1924-25 and was used as a US army base and POW camp during the Second World War.

What the ‘We DIG…’ programme offers:

  • A chance to be part of an archaeological project investigating the historical landscape of Wollaton Park uncovering more than 400 years of history!
  • An opportunity to develop your archaeological skills and gain demonstrable experience in the field.
  • A small-group environment with high staff to trainee ratios. Trainees will work alongside professional archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology, and join in workshops and tutorials delivered by subject specialists from TPA and invited partner organisations.
  • Trainees can book on for any length of time from a one day taster to the full three weeks, but a week-long placement is recommended for trainees to take full advantage of the training programme.
  • An opportunity to quickly gain and develop skills and confidence. A changing daily programme allows trainees attending to apply and improve skills in a variety of areas, and those coming for a taster to select the day(s) most suited to their interests and training needs.

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