Back To The Past For Godalming's Staycation 2012

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By PatHill | Wednesday, August 01, 2012, 14:44

Godalming residents will be given the chance to go back for the future as part of a major new campaign for this year's Staycation  festival which gives people the chance to become a local 'Indianna Jones'.

The move is part of an exciting community archaeology project which  is the latest innovation for Godalming's third Staycation.

Staycation 2012 takes place this year from 11 to 19 August with a variety of events and activities aimed at the whole family. 

This year, for the first time, families will have the opportunity to unearth some of Godalming's fascinating past. Under the supervision of archaeologists from Surrey County Council volunteers young and old will dig a series of test pits at locations across the town's centre and help with the washing, identification and cataloguing of finds. The project has been made possible with a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

After hearing the news from the Heritage Lottery Fund the Mayor of Godalming, Councillor Liz Wheatley said "I am thrilled that this exciting project can go ahead and grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for its support. I hope that many residents will take this hands-on opportunity to explore our town's past and I certainly look forward to digging in myself."

Test pits will be dug each day from Tuesday 14 August to Saturday 18 August; these pits will be at a number of locations across the town and culminate on Saturday 18 August with some test pits at the Phillips Memorial Ground (between the Memorial Cloister & Ss Peter & Paul Church) as part of the Staycation "Family Party in the Park". All finds from the test pits will be washed, identified and displayed at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre from 14 to 17 August and on Saturday 18 August at the Family Party in the Park.





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