Bromsgrove to play host to an archaeological dig

By Connie Osborne Monday 08 July 2013 Updated: 08/07 13:10

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AROUND 500 schoolchildren will attempt to unearth ancient artefacts during a Time Team style archaeological dig under Bromsgrove’s former Market Street car park.

Residents will also be able to explore the town’s hidden history as part of the dig and there will be on-site archaeologists who will talk about protecting and restoring the town’s past.

An exhibition of discovered artefacts will take place in the town, along with details about them and about how the archaeologists went about their work.

Bromsgrove civic head, Coun Helen Jones, officially got the dig under way on Wednesday (July 3). The dig is part of Bromsgrove’s lottery funded Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

The site will be open from 10am till 4pm from tomorrow (Tuesday) until July 19.

Town tours are scheduled for 1pm, 3pm and 5.45pm on the next two Thursdays (July 11 and 18), starting at the dig site.

Bromsgrove District Councillor Del Booth, who is responsible for town centre regeneration, said: “The community is the heart of any heritage project.

"It’s about more than the old buildings and buried artefacts.

"It’s about what those things mean to us, why they are there, how they influenced the history of Bromsgrove. It’s about taking an interest in those things and learning from them.

“With the support we’ve received from the Heritage Lottery Fund there has never been a better opportunity to dig into the rich history of Bromsgrove.”

Victoria Bryant, manager of Worcestershire County Council's Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, which is conducting the dig, added: "Starting a new dig is such an exciting moment as we never know what will be uncovered.

"Whatever we find will add to our knowledge of Bromsgrove's history and it's a privilege to be taking part in such an important project."

For more about the community dig or any aspect of the ongoing heritage work, call Bromsgrove District Council’s Townscape Heritage Initiative project officer David Thomas on 01527 881343 or e-mail d.thomas@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.

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