Discover heritage at family open day

More of the 160 school children actively engaged on actual excavation site
More of the 160 school children actively engaged on actual excavation site
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The people of Whirlow are being invited to come and ‘meet their ancestors’ at a family heritage open day this month.

Local archaeological group, The Time Travellers, will host the event, which will feature talks and trails and even offer youngsters the opportunity to try their hand at archaeological excavation.

The open day is the culmination of a £60,000 Heritage Lottery-funded project at Whirlow Hall Farm, to further explore a Romano-British enclosure previously discovered in 2011.

Rob Allcroft, a founding member of The Time Travellers, which launched in the city in , said: “As a relatively new group at that point, The Time Travellers were lucky enough to be involved as volunteers during the discovery of the enclosure six years ago, as part of a similar project. In the years since, our group has grown from five founding members to over 100, and developed the skills and experience to manage its own project.

“This project has three elements: the archaeological work itself - including field-walking, geophysical surveying and further excavation - the training of our volunteers in various archaeological skills, and, most importantly, passing the heritage discovered by these two projects back to the community in the form of educational material for the thousands of school children that visit Whirlow each year, information boards, community talks, heritage tours, and this big heritage event at Whirlow on May 21.

“The project uncovered evidence of man’s activity on the fields surrounding Whirlow from the early stone age hunter, just after the last ice age, all the way up to Roman times.”

The open day will run from 10am to 4pm. Visit www.timetravellers.org.uk for more details on the day’s programme.