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Friday 18 February 2011

Step into Cheshire’s past this April


One of the region’s most popular archaeology events returns to Cheshire East this year, bigger and better than ever.

The Cheshire Archaeology Day will take place on Saturday, April 9, at Winsford Lifestyle Centre, in Winsford, Cheshire.  

The popular event, which returns after a two-year break, is organised by Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council, and is supported by Middlewich Town Council, the Cheshire Local History Association and the Chester Archaeological Society.     

This year’s packed programme includes a presentation by renowned archaeologist Dr Kevin Leahy from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, who will speak about the famous Staffordshire Hoard – the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.

There will also be educational talks on local history themes, such as Cheshire’s once thriving salt industry and the Middlewich brine pump and shaft - the only intact pump over an original shaft left in Britain. 

Visitors will have the chance to view and handle Mediaval, Roman and post-Roman pottery and find out more about their origin. Books on local history will also be available for sale.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “The authority always strives to work with local partners to improve community life and offer educational yet fun events for all the family.

“Cheshire has a long history of archaeological research and conservation so it’s really good that we get to show it off in this way.”

Councillor Rachel Bailey, heritage champion for Cheshire East, commented: “The family event has lots on offer this year, with presentations on local history and a chance to handle authentic Roman and Mediaval relics.  It will be a fantastic event to

stimulate young minds.”

Tickets will cost £12 and £10 for concessions. Booking forms will be available from local libraries, museums and online at from late February to early March. Email for more information.   

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