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The Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival will run from June 22 to June 25 2017. It is organized by the Centre for Applied Archaeology in the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University Salford, in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation. The Festival aims to increase access, encourage the exploration, and celebrate the archaeology of Greater Manchester.

We will be presenting the following events;

Please note - Where there are multiple times for an event to start, please could you email me and specify the time that you would like to book on for?

The Greater Manchester Graffiti Survey -

A tour to look at the recently discovered protective marks hidden in Ordsall Hall.

Join Ellen McInnes and Carolanne King of the Greater Manchester Graffiti survey at Ordsall Hall where we will guide you round the hall showing you some of the mysterious marks and symbols that were used to protect 16th and 17th century buildings against the supernatural. See if you can find some we have not spotted yet.

Meet in at Ordsall Hall at 2:55pm for a 3pm start and bring a torch.

The tour is free, however, the car park is chargable at £2 for 3 hours, over 3 hours is £5. The tour is accessible to wheel chair users and by public transport

Meeting point: Ordsall Hall Entrance

Venue: Ordsall Hall

Event Leader: Carolanne King

Length of Event: 50 minutes

Maximum number of places: 20

Date: Thursday 22nd of June

Time: 3pm

STAG (South Trafford Archaeological Group) -

Pub crawl - This will be a walking tour calling in at a number of pubs in Altrincham’s Historic Town Centre. We will discuss how they relate to the early layout of the medieval borough, looking at external and internal features.

The walk will be based on Inns, Taverns and Public Houses mentioned in the Commercial Directory Pigot & Co. 1822-1823, when Altrincham was a Market Town before the arrival of the railways in 1849.

Using the archaeological study of the physical remains and historical records we will piece together the evolution of the hostelries visited.

Meeting point: Altrincham Old Market Place, outside Orange Tree Inn, WA14 4DE

Venue: Various Historic Pubs in Altrincham

Event Leader: Member of South Trafford Archaeological Group

Length of Event: Approximately 2 hours.

Maximum number of places: 18

Date: Thursday, 22nd June, 2017

Time: 6pm – 8pm approx.

Centre for Applied Archaeology -

Archaeology North West: A decade of archaeological research. A seminar by eminent experts Mike Nevell, Andy Myers, Norman Redhead, Carolanne King, and Ian Miller. Once you have booked on to this event you will be sent the program. Any questions about this day please feel free to email me -

Meeting point: At the Old Fire Station at the University of Salford

Venue: the Old Fire Station at the University of Salford

Event Leader: Mike Nevell & Norman Redhead

Length of Event: 5 hours 30 minutes

Maximum number of places: 50

Date: Friday 23rd June

Time: 10 am - 3.30pm

Bury Archaeological Group -

The event will be a tour of Bury's historic landmarks which will include Bury Castle, Two Tubs, Parish Church, old market sites, Wylde, gutter ends, Great Town Ditch and Rock. It will finish with a tour of the museum.

Meeting point: The meeting point will be on Castle Street (to the rear of The Robert Peel monument and Two Tubs). There will also be a small stand with archaeological objects that can be handled at the meeting point which will be open from 10 am until 4 pm.

Event Leader: Charlotte McKeown

Length of Event: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes

Maximum number of places: The maximum number of people on each tour is 14.

Date: Saturday 24th June.

Time: There will be two tours the first at 11 am and then 2 pm.

Salford Archaeology Society-

Salford. Society members will provide a guided tour around this historic park, giving an account of the key history, structures and archaeological sites (time TBC). If you fancy having a go at excavating, Sarah Cattell will be leading a team of volunteers who are test pitting this historic site looking for features from the parks long history, including a 19th Century mansion and right back to evidence of a prehistoirc settlement.

Meeting point: Meet in front of Buille Hill Park Hall, off Eccles Old Road.

Venue: Eccles Old Rd, Salford M6 8GL

Event Leader: Sarah Cattell.

Length of Event: The tour will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Maximum number of places: Places limited to 25.

Date: Saturday 24th June

Time: Guided tour at 10.30am

Salford Archaeology Society and the Centre for Applied Archaeology -

‘Walking a Revolution: A Tour of Worsley Canal Village

Mike Nevell leads an exploration of the Worsley Village end of the world’s first industrial canal, The Bridgewater. Highlights include The Delph entrance to the 50 miles of underground coal mine tunnels, The Packet House, miners’ cottages, lime kilns, old warehouse and probably the oldest surviving dry dock on a British Canal. The tour will also explore Worsley’s transformation from industrial canal village to middleclass suburb.’

Meeting point: Worsley Green Monument

Venue: Worsley Village and The Delph

Event Leader: Mike Nevell

Length of Event: 2 hours

Maximum number of places: 20

Date: 25th June

Time: 12-2pm

The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts -

This event provides an opportunity to be shown around the fascinating remains of the Roman Fort established by Agricola around AD 79 and the fortlet which replaced it in the early 2nd century. There will be an opportunity to have a go at geophysical survey and to view archaeological trenches being excavated. There will be three guided walks led by members of the Friends Committee.

Meeting point: Public car park near the Castleshaw Centre on Waterworks Road, off the A62 east of Delph village, Saddleworth.

Venue: Castleshaw Roman Fort

Event Leader: Norman Redhead

Length of Event: 1-2 hours

Maximum number of places: 20 on each guided walk

Date: Saturday 24th June

Time: Guided walks will take place at 11am (leader Paul Renshaw), 12.30pm (leader Sue Exon), and 2pm (leader Jacqui Renshaw).

Tameside Local History Forum-

The Settlement was built in 1785 and is Georgian in style and still retains its unique character today.

Walk 1 - at 2pm This will be around the original border of the site looking at what the pre-industrial landscape would have been like when Manchester was a small, distant village.

Walk 2 - at 3.15pm Tour round Settlement taking in its history and changes Settlement. Fairfield Settlement Museum open & Exhibition - About Tameside's Local Archaeology. Light Refreshments available.

Meeting point: Fairfield Moravian Settlement, Droylsden Tameside M43 6AD

Venue: Fairfield Moravian Settlement, Droylsden Tameside M43 6AD

Event Leader: Janet Warr

Length of Event: 50 minutes

Maximum number of places: 20 on each guided walk

Date: Saturday 24th June 2017

Time: 12noon - 5pm. See above for times of the walks.

Tameside Archaeological Society

Event will be a Finds Workshop within the Portland Basin Museum - Various finds will be set out on tables for everyone to handle, some finds will be in cabinets, as well as a map of Tameside and a records book will be on display. TAS members will be at each session to guide people through the different time zones.

Meeting point: Portland basin museum

Venue: Portland basin museum

Length of Event: 1 hour 30 minutes

Maximum number of places: 15 persons per session two sessions available

Date: Sunday 25th June

Time: at 10.30 am and 1.00 pm

Littleborough Archaeology & History Society-

Archaeology collection on display.

Meeting point: Littleborough Train Station, Platform 2

Venue: Littleborough Train Station, Platform 2

Length of Event: 4 hours

Date: Sunday 25th June

Time: 11.30 untill 3.30

SMART (South Manchester Archaeological Research Team) and the Cheadle Civic Society

Come and meet the archaeologist! Norman will be at Cheadle Green to explain its archaeology and history, and to answer questions about Cheadle’s archaeology.

Meeting point: Cheadle Green War Memorial

Venue: Cheadle

Event Leader: Norman Redhead

Length of Event: Up to 1 hour 30 minutes

Maximum number of places: 20

Date: Sunday 25th June

Time: 3pm

Manchester Museum workshops -

Visitors to Manchester Museum will have an opportunity to stick together broken pottery from excavations in Manchester. It is a little-known fact that when archaeologists were digging on the site of the Roman fort in Manchester during the 1970s they kept the Victorian and Edwardian pottery that they disturbed. This material is the archaeological equivalent of a jigsaw, except that some of the pieces are missing and we don’t have a picture on the outside of the box to help us. This hasn’t stopped previous visitors putting together teapots, mugs and chamber pots. Come along to the Dig Greater Manchester Festival of Archaeology Event. What will you stick back together? For Adults, Free, Drop In

Meeting point: The Manchester Museum

Venue: The Manchester Museum

Event Leader: Kerry Beeston

Date: Sunday 25 June

Time: 2-4pm

Mellor Archaeological Trust -

Harnessing the Power of the River Goyt on the Oldknow estate in Marple and Mellor.

Meeting point: Starting point for the tours will be the Roman Lakes Car Park. SK6 7HB

Venue: Mellor/Marple

Event Leader: Bob Humphrey-Taylor

Length of Event: 45 minutes

Maximum number of places: 15 per tour

Date: 23rd, 24th, & 25th June

Time: 2pm

MRIAS (Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society) -

Guided Walk Around Caslefield.

The walk will be in two parts breaking for lunch, and then meeting for the second part at the wooden lift-up bridge over the canal arm diagonally opposite the Merchants Warehouse.

The tour will finish in the Museum looking at the 1830 Liverpool Rd station.

Castlefield is an historically fascinating area which is located on the confluence of the rivers Medlock and Irwell. The first intervention was by the Romans on AD 79, But the great importance historically is the substantial remains of early canal and railway structures. Very recently there has been the latest intervention with the construction of the Ordsall Chord with it's distinctive Corten Steel Bridge.

Lunch - there are plenty of local hostelries, or bring your own picnic.

Meeting point: Meet at the side of the Castlefield Hotel on Liverpool Rd. at the top of the steps overlooking the canal arm and the Castlefield Open Air Arena.

Venue: Castlefield

Event Leader: Gordon Browne

Length of Event: 10.30 am - 3.30 pm

Maximum number of places: 30

Date: 24th June 2017

Time: 10-30 am.

SMART and Cheadle Civic Society -

We are getting together to celebrate the launch of the first Greater Manchester Festival of Archaeology. A great day of history and archaeology events is planned for Saturday the 24th June in the heart of the ancient village of Cheadle.

1 - The Upper Room Cheadle (SK8 1DW) will be open from 10:30am to 3:30pm for the general public to drop in at any time for free and take part in archaeology based activities and see displays presented by the Cheadle Civic Society and SMART.

2 - The beautiful 16th Century Church of St Mary’s (SK8 1PX) will be open from 10:30am to 3:30pm anyone is welcome to drop in during this time. A team of church volunteers will be on hand to answer questions on the history of the building. Many original late medieval fixtures and fittings survive along with some superb Victorian stained glass.

3 - At 11am Carolanne King the Chair of SMART will give a 40 minute talk in the Upper Room on the archaeological projects that SMART have run in and around Cheadle to include the excavations on Cheadle Green in 2014 and survey of marks and graffiti in St Mary’s.

4 - Just after 12 midday Andrew Frazer of Cheadle Civic Society will lead a history walk around the village centre. This will last for around 40 minutes. Meeting at the Upper Room at 12:10 am for the 12:15 start this will progress to the primary school then the High Street to finish outside St Mary’s just before 1pm.

5 - Meeting Outside St Mary’s at 1pm Ellen McInnes and Carolanne King of the Greater Manchester Graffiti Survey will lead a short tour (30 to 40 minutes) around St Mary’s to look at Masons Marks and other hidden marks recorded as part of the GMGS project.

Venue: Upper rooms

Event Leader: Carolanne King, Ellen McInnes, Andrew Frazer

Date: 24th June

Wigan Archaeological Society-

We are able to offer places on our current dig which is on Toddington lane in Haigh. This Lane, although now only a narrow farm track, was once the main road from Haigh to Blackrod. We have already discovered evidence for the previous 18th century lane (which is shown to be up to 13m wide on early maps), but could it be the long suggested direct Roman road from Wigan to Ribchester - as mention in the 3rd century Antonine Itinerary. Our excavations and geophysical surveys will be investigating this very possibility.

Meeting point: Toddington Farm (parking on Toddington Lane – WN2 1LF)

Event Leader: Bill Aldridge

Length of Event: 6 hours

Maximum number of places: 6 on each day

Date: Friday 23rd June and Saturday 24th June

Time: 10 am - 4.00pm

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