Chance to work alongside archaeologists at Swindon Park

By Barrie Hudson - 7 August 2023


GWR Park in Faringdon Road is taking part in this year's Heritage Open Days event.

Heritage Open Days is an annual celebration architecture and heritage. 

The public are invited to join the professional archaeologists from the Cultural Heritage Institute, RAU Swindon, and uncover the World War Two secrets of the park. 

All are welcome and no experience is necessary as full training will be given.

The sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday, 8 and 9 September from 10am to 4pm, and on Sunday, 10 September from 10am to 3pm.

A Heritage Open Days spokesperson said: "Ever wondered how archaeologists decide where to put their trenches? Ever wondered how they reconstruct past civilisations from a handful of broken pottery? 

"Ever wondered whether YOU would make a good archaeologist? Well now's your chance to find out. Join us between the 8th and 10th of September for our public archaeology excavation in GWR Park in the Railway Village, Swindon.

"This year we will be excavating the World War II shelters and practice trenches near the War Memorial. Learn how the New Swindon Rifle Corps prepared to fight on the front lines and kept themselves safe from enemy bombardment. 

"Uncover artefacts that connect us to local people in the past and discover how to research their untold stories."

All ages are welcome, although under-16s will need to bring a responsible adult.

The spokesperson added: "From excavation, photography and recording, to online research and artefact processing in the lab, there's a role for everyone in archaeology, so no need to get your hands dirty... unless you want to!"

The organisation is grateful to South Swindon Parish Council for its assistance.


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