Archaeology festival set to take place at historical castle

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A two week-long archaeology festival will be part of the opening celebrations at Conisbrough Castle - with the first excavation on the site for nearly 40 years.

The archaeology festival will run from June 2 to 13 and feature a community dig at the castle, archaeologists on site and guided tours.

Schools will also be invited to tour the excavations and undertake their own school based digs, along with other archaeological activities.

Dr Mark Douglas, properties curator for English Heritage, said: “We are extremely excited about the proposed archaeology festival in the local area.

“This site has been untouched for almost 40 years and we are anticipating discovering some new and fascinating information about the castle, the local area and its past.

“It is not often that the public has the opportunity to get close to our history experts and we are offering people a chance to come and ask questions and learn more about their area, or perhaps get involved themselves.

“We are hoping our activity with local schools and members of the community will enthuse people to discover what is literally in their backyard and to excavate a piece of their own land as part of the project.”

Councillor Bob Johnson, Doncaster Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Conisbrough Castle is one of Doncaster’s most treasured and historic sites.

“This festival is not only of huge interest, it is also a great chance for people to get involved in volunteering, which is very rewarding for all ages.

“It is events like this which show off Doncaster in the best light.”

English Heritage is looking for volunteers help to host the festival. The closing date for applications is Sunday, March 9.

Volunteers will help to host the festival, work with local schools and the community to bring the excavations projects to life, and join in the excavations too.

All volunteers will need to take part in a training programme, which begins in April.

No previous experience is necessary. For more information visit Conisbrough Castle or English Heritage Email to apply.

Those wishing to visit the archaeology team while at work will need to pay the standard entry fee to the site, which is £4.70 for adults, £4.20 concessions, and £2.80 for children. Under 5s and members get in free.

* Conisbrough Castle is currently under redevelopment, with support from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

* The Conisbrough Castle project received a grant of £902,600.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations.

* The castle will reopen with a new Visitor Centre and new interactive displays in Spring. Find out more at Facebook Conisbrough Castle




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