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Dig Greater Manchester

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The project will be managed by the University of Salford and will include digs in all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester as well as Blackburn over the next four and a half years. Additionally, the County Archaeologist has a key advisory role to play in being part of the project management team.

Funding sources

Dig Greater Manchester is funded by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA)


Dig Greater Manchester launch flyer

The Dig Greater Manchester community archaeology project will involve thousands of school children and adult volunteers over its 4.5 year life. It is based on the successful models of previous community archaeology engagement projects undertaken in Greater Manchester in recent years, especially Dig Manchester.

Of the 11 evaluations, two outstanding sites will be chosen for full-scale archaeological digs carried out using volunteers trained and supervised by University of Salford. School and college involvement will include class work and a site visit where the students will experience carrying out archaeological excavation. Members of the community will also be able to get involved in the ‘digs’ with opportunities to learn other archaeological techniques through workshops being conducted throughout the term of the project. These workshops will equip volunteers with the skills to develop their own projects.

The project will also include a series of lectures and presentations on the local history and archaeology of the boroughs and a lecture of the results of each evaluation, and conferences to involve the community members presenting the results of the investigations.

Work done and in progress

The pilot phase of Dig GM has been dependent on the county Historic Environment Record to identify archaeological sites in municipal parks across the ten authorities of GM as well as Blackburn with Darwen. Sites to be investigated include ancient halls and mansions, farmsteads, mills, workers’ housing and even a cavalry barracks.

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