£52k grant to help Peak District community ‘peel back’ history

NEWS: News.
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An archaeology project which is peeling back the layers of a Peak District community’s local history, has celebrated the award of a Heritage Lottery Grant worth £52,900.

The funding has been awarded to the Tudor Farming Interpretation Group for its Peeling Back the Layers community and educational initiative based at Under Whitle, near Longnor. Led by local volunteers, the project aims to explore archaeological features at Under Whitle, Sheen, and discover if they connect to Tudor documents relating to a farm there more than 400 years ago.

It will enable people, young and old, to take part in an archaeological survey and excavation under the guidance of professional archaeologists. Schools, groups and individuals will be able to take out their trowels and help discover what lies beneath the turf and how it fits into the Peak District landscape.

Margaret Black, from the Tudor Farming Group, said: “This project gives us a fabulous opportunity to share a real life archaeological dig with local people, schools, groups and other history buffs like ourselves.”

Participants will be provided with on-site training about archaeological processes and techniques, as well as carrying out surveys and digging in the excavation trenches.

The project will offer a chance to work with historians and research local history, learn how to process finds and interpret archaeological survey data.

Participants will also be able to edit websites and share results online, and even work with artists to create a children’s comic based on the findings of the excavation.