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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Step back in time and ‘get hands on with history’ at Cheshire’s archaeology open day

 

Grab your chance to ‘get hands-on with history’ at one of the North West’s biggest archaeology events this April.

The Cheshire Archaeology Day will take place on Saturday, April 14, at Winsford Lifestyle Centre, in Winsford, Cheshire.  

Visitors will have the chance to view and handle Roman, medieval and later finds, learn the secrets they reveal about the past and see displays from local societies.

This year’s packed and exciting programme includes a presentation from Dr Hannah Cobb, from Manchester University, who will speak about a Viking boat found at Ardnamurchan, west Scotland, last year. Dating from the 10th century, this is one of the most important Norse graves excavated in Britain.

There will also be talks on more local themes, including the important Saxon crosses, historic gardens, Warrington’s Bewsey Old Hall and Roman Chester. Books on local history will also be on sale.

The popular event is organised by archaeologists at Cheshire East Council and is supported by Middlewich Town Council, the Cheshire Local History Association and the Chester Archaeological Society.     

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “Cheshire has a rich history of archaeological finds, research and conservation so it is excellent news for everyone that we get the chance to show it off in this way.

“Cheshire East Council always strives to enhance community life and offer educational events that are great fun for everyone.”

Councillor Rachel Bailey, heritage champion for Cheshire East, added: “These events are great days out and always have lots to offer – including the chance to handle precious artefacts from our medieval and Roman heritage. I’m sure it will be a fantastic event to stimulate minds and fire the imagination.”           

Tickets cost £12 and £10 for concessions. Booking forms are available from local libraries, museums and the Council’s website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

Alternatively for booking forms or more information ring Cheshire’s archaeology service on 01244 973997 or email:  Archaeology@cheshireeast.gov.uk

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