Hands on History Barnsley

We are just starting a new three-year archaeology project north of Barnsley, in Athersley, New Lodge and Smithies. Bill is project managing for the Romero Communities as well as providing interpretation services and archaeological advice. We are also contributing some educational activities. We are working with local archaeological contractors who will supervise and train volunteers in test pit excavation, finds processing, geophysics and fieldwalking.
The first season of garden and school playing-field test pits begins on Monday 2nd September.
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Here is the press release:

The Romero Communities have received £79,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Hands on History, in Athersley and New Lodge. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project aims to help local residents discover the archaeological past beneath our feet and lead courses in archaeology and local history. The project begins in September and runs until May 2016.
Explaining the importance of the HLF award, Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund -Yorkshire and the Humber said “This exciting project will enable people to actively learn about the history of their local area and gain skills in archaeological investigation.  This project really will uncover the hidden heritage of Athersley and New Lodge, letting everyone get involved and learn about their community’s past!”
Carol Clair of Romero Communities says “We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund who have awarded the grant to look into the archaeological history of Athersley and New Lodge. This means we can dig archaeological test pits, do geophysical surveys and run courses in archaeology and local history. Anyone who would like to have a go at archaeology is welcome. You don’t need to know how to dig or do geophys as archaeologists will train and supervise you. We will also provide all equipment.”
The test pits will be dug in people’s gardens during September for the next three years. We are looking for finds such as old pots and clay tobacco pipes that can show how the area was used before the estates were built. In October, we also hope to do geophysical surveys of the area to the north to see what ancient features are buried beneath the soil. Pupils from all three local primary schools will also get the chance to join in. They will dig test pits in their school grounds and have lessons about archaeology.
Finds from the test pits will be shown at a Finds Road show in November.