Working with the community

NAA in the community

This section provides an update on some of the community projects we are currently involved in. Watch this space for new opportunities to get involved with our outreach programme.


Seaham Community Excavation, December 2013

gbc-thum0Bolstered along by numerous cups of hot tea and coffee, a group of local volunteers, together with archaeologists from Northern Archaeological Associates, braved the December weather on the North Sea coast to undertake an excavation of the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Flower Fields Seaham

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Greta Bridge Community Archaeology Project

gbc-thum0We have just finished a short programme of geophysical survey at Greta Bridge Roman Fort, commissioned by the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland (AASDN). This was a community archaeology project undertaken as part of the HLF funded 'Heart of Teesdale' Landscape Partnership Project.

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The Village Atlas Project at Cleadon

cva-thum0The Cleadon Village Atlas was a two year project aimed at bringing local people together with specialists to explore the geology, ecology, archaeology, built heritage and history of Cleadon.

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Roker Pier and Lighthouse

Roker Lighthouse Sunderland City Council are currently seeking Heritage Lottery Funding to undertake a progamme of conservation works to restore the complex to its former glory and improve public accessibility for the pleasure and enjoyment of all. In preparation of the bid we are looking at what makes Roker pier and lighthouse special to the local community. How often do you visit the site? What makes it important to you? What would you do to improve things? Would you like to be more actively involved in the running of the site? Please take a few minutes to note down your thoughts.

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Five Senses Centre, Hull

Five Senses CentreChris Pole recently ran a 'Meet the Archaeologist' session at the 5 Senses Expressive Arts and Education Centre in Hull, a centre for people with learning difficulties.

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Mortimer 2011: Archaeology of Eastern Yorkshire: Excavation and Research, Present and Future

Mortimer 2011On 17th September 2011, a day school was held in memory of John Robert Mortimer (1825-1911).A presentation and display on recent excavations on the East Coast Pipeline

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Finds drawing workshop

finds workshopMembers of the Archaeological and Architectural Society of Durham and Northumberland (AASDN) recently enjoyed a workshop on finds drawing run at our offices in Barnard Castle.

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North York Moors National Park Update

Gunby HallAs part of a rolling programme of monument management undertaken by the North York Moors National Park Authority in partnership with English Heritage, NAA is working together with Graham Lee, the NYMNPA archaeologist, on a series of measures to stabilise the three sites and protect them for future generations to enjoy.

Castleshaws Conservation Management Plan Public Consultation

signpostWe are currently undertaking a Conservation Management Plan for the 1st century Roman fort (and later fortlet) at Castleshaw, Saddleworth, near Oldham. As part of this work we are undertaking a phase of public consultation to find out just what the site means to local people.

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Community excavations at Hornby Castle, North Yorkshire

Horby TowerThe Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland (A&ASDN) are currently engaged in an on-going programme of fieldwork at Hornby Castle led by their field officer Eric Matthews. Volunteers from the society are being supported in this work by staff from NAA who are providing access to equipment and onsite training workshops. See here for an update on progress.

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Lingfield Point - Beehive Yarns

Lingfield clockBack in 2008 NAA undertook a programme of assessment and building recording at Lingfield Point, the old Patons and Baldwins Worsted Spinning Mill factory. Although this work is now complete, and the report written, we are interested to hear from anyone who worked at the site, or who has any memories of the old factory.

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