Children at the dig

Locals invited to muck in at Bruce Castle

3 July 2006

Haringey residents will be digging the dirt on their former neighbours this month. They will be teaming up with archaeologists from the Museum of London for some hands-on investigation at Bruce Castle Museum and Park from 3 to 23 July 2006.
A girl with bones found at the dig

Teams from Bruce Castle Museum and Museum of London are calling on all wannabe Indiana Jones to come down to Bruce Castle park and help them uncover the secrets of Haringey’s past.

Locals are being invited to turn up, get down and dig up archaeological finds while learning about their local history. Schools, community groups and individuals will be working alongside professionals, picking up archaeological techniques like map work, object handling and interpretation.

Diggers onsite will be looking to unlock the enigma of the Tudor tower, which sits in the grounds of Bruce Castle Museum, and getting stuck into a Victorian refuse tip uncovered in the park.

Two girls examining finds with female archaeologist

A pile of rubbish may sound unglamorous, but is gold dust to archaeologists, who can find rich pickings and clues to the lifestyles of the area’s previous residents. Earlier finds, including medieval remains, are also a possibility.

The dig is being run with the support of the London Archaeological Archive and Resource Centre (LAARC), and has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Haringey Council, and Tottenham Grammar School Foundation.

Roy Stephenson, manager of LAARC says, "The Bruce Castle Community Project will generate involvement in archaeology at a grass roots level. I’ll be delighted if we can give people an altered perception of their environment and enthuse them about some of the mysteries of Haringey’s past."

Deborah Hedgecock, curator of Bruce Castle Museum adds, "This is a marvellous opportunity to see archaeology in action in Haringey and for local people to discover in a unique way more about our local heritage."

Two boys examining finds with male archaeologist

Those wishing to take part in the dig can book weekend places through the Museum of London box office on 0870 4443850, and weekday places through Bruce Castle Museum on 020 8808 8772. Discovery sessions and walking trails exploring the dig site, the history of the building being excavated, and the local area, can also be booked through Bruce Castle Museum.

The third week of the excavation coincides with National Archaeology Week, 15-23 July, an annual event organised by the Council of British Archaeology. David Lammy MP, Minister for Culture, will be returning to his local patch on 14 July to get down and dirty at the Bruce Castle dig and mark the opening of National Archaeology Week.

More information and photographs from:

Tim Morley
tel: 020 7814 5607

Museum of London,
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Bruce Castle Museum
Lordship Lane
Tottenham N17 8NU
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