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The Last Cuckoo Archaeological Dig
Tue 8 August 2017, 13:00 – 16:00 BST
A Chesterfield Canal Trust Event - The Last Cuckoo Project is a community history and archaeological project with a focus on the Chesterfield Canal at Bellhouse Lane, Staveley. The canal basin, now a small, insignificant patch of overgrown wasteland was once a thriving industrial complex with wharves, tramways, gas works and a lost, unique Chesterfield Canal narrowboat (cuckoo).
The map record and tales of a buried cuckoo mark Bellhouse Lane basin as an important and interesting place worthy of archaeological investigation in order to document, record and understand fully the function of this once thriving industrial complex.
In Spring 2017 The canal trust proposes to undertake a detailed analytical study of the history of the area, with the intention of involving the whole community involving the young, old, able bodied, disadvantaged and disabled. Collating maps, Chesterfield Canal Company data, historic photographs and collecting and compiling oral histories we hope to create a lasting legacy to days gone by.
In August 2017 (2 weeks) the excavation and recording of the basin area and the locating of the cuckoo will be an exciting community project. A project involving the Chesterfield Canal Trust and will extend to local history groups, schools, scouts, disability groups, canal trust members, waterways organisations and the public in general. Participants would be supervised, educated and trained by a small team of professional archaeologists. Children of all ages will be able to particpate in this event with many activities, games and competitions happening throughout the two weeks.