Further Funding Success for the BRP with the CBA’s Mick Aston Archaeology Fund

The Bamburgh Research Project have kindly been awarded £988 from the Council for British Archaeology’s Mick Aston Archaeology Fund, which is supported by Historic England.

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The BRP will use the funding to enhance our outreach outputs. It will facilitate free, daily, trench-side activities for visitors to Bamburgh Castle, encouraging them to explore the history of the site (prior to the upstanding remains), through hands-on activities and guided tours. It is also the aim of the project to undertake free activities within Bamburgh Village for those unable to access the Castle. This will engage both local residents and tourists. The latter will be supported by a free evening lecture series, throughout the duration of the excavation.

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Director, Graeme, giving a site tour of the Castle

Trench-side and and village activities will include:

  • Hands-on teaching sessions undertaken by BRP pottery specialist and animal bone specialist
  • Finds washing
  • Finds sorting
  • Finds illustration
  • Handling collection (animal bone, pottery etc.)
  • ‘Show and tell’ activity, where more significant/rare items are displayed and discussed by BRP staff
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Some of our younger volunteers visiting Trench 3

The funding will primarily be used to purchase equipment and hire venues for the village activities.

A timetable of planned activities will be added to the blog in due course.

2018 Funding Success with the Society of Antiquaries of London

The Bamburgh Research Project are pleased to announce that the Society of Antiquaries of London have kindly awarded us £4700 to undertake continuing post-excavation analysis of the material recovered within the West Ward of Bamburgh Castle.

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The project ‘Forging Castle Space’, will focus on the metalwork recovered from early medieval contexts in Trench 3. The funding will allow us to assess and plan the conservation of 7,200 fragments of early medieval metalwork, spanning the 8th-11th centuries, plus conserve a 25% sample of all styca coins recovered.

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The Bamburgh Bird. One of the many early medieval artefacts recovered from Trench 3.

Upon completion of the project the metalwork will be better understood in terms of its function, origin and date, plus its purpose for deposition within an associated building, likely used for working metal (You can read more about the building here: Castling, J. and Young, G. L. 2011. A 9th Century Industrial Area at Bamburgh Castle, Medieval Archaeology, Vol. 55, 311-317). This data will allow us to better understand the function of the building, its associated area and the broader 8th-11th century horizon in this area of the castle. The data generated will also inform ongoing excavation and aid us in our attempt to contextualise earlier excavations (1959–74) for which we only have a partial archive surviving.

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9th-10th century ‘metalworking’ building

The long-term goal is to establish the character and significance of early medieval activity, as this was pivotal in creating the spatial and material precedent upon which the post-Conquest castle complex developed.

We have already made great strides towards understanding this period in the West Ward, as we have recently completed the post-excavation analysis of Trench 8, which sits immediately adjacent to Trench 3. Funding from the Royal Archaeological Institute has enabled us to determine a stratigraphic sequence from the modern to the Roman period using the artefacts recovered and C14 dates to identify and date contexts. You can learn more about this project here: Trench 8 RAI Grant.

If you would like to join us this season to help us undertake the excavation of this fascinating site or work more specifically with our post-ex team (artefacts and environmental material) please visit our website for more information: http://www.bamburghresearchproject.co.uk

 

 

 

The Bamburgh Research Project needs you

The Bamburgh Research Project is currently undertaking a review of our organisation and aiming towards a relaunch in the next few weeks. After many years of successful research at Bamburgh Castle, the Bowl Hole burial ground and, more recently, the wetland site at the Bradford Kaims, we have reached a point where we feel that positive change is needed to enable us to properly fulfil our ambitions. We have a growing body of archaeological research, a film archive, and increasingly, a presence in social media. In the future we want to greatly increase our output of publication, education and dissemination of all types, from the academic to the popular.

In order to enable this we will need to substantially increase the scale of our post excavation work and just as importantly add new people with additional skills to our team. We have been supported in evaluating our project and planning for the future by the Northumberland County Council Enterprise Team and have already undertaken a strategy day, during which we identified a number of areas in which we need to expand our skill base. These areas include, management, publication, stakeholder engagement, finance and perhaps most importantly of all income generation.

As a result of the consultation we have begun the process of becoming a limited company and will be expanding the management structure of the BRP, including additional directors and adding a new advisory panel. The full list of responsibilities that the new management structure will be responsible for are:

Finance
Income Generation
People management
PR and marketing
Legal
Policy and procedure
Strategic planning
Stakeholder engagement

We have a wonderful core team of archaeologists and supporters, but we will need to find additional people willing to become involved with our work. We hope that this will prove an opportunity for people interested in archaeology, but who do not necessarily work in the profession, to join us bringing much needed skills and of course enthusiasm to what we hope will be an exciting future.

If you have been following our work, and would like to become more directly involved then we would love to hear from you. It would be terrific if you can bring a particular skill, or skills, with you that we can benefit from, but the most important thing we ask is that you are passionate about history and archaeology and have enough time to be able to be constructively involved.

The next stage will be a further strategy meeting to be held on Saturday 14th March at St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church Hall, Durham (DH1 4NH). It has between booked between 1:00pm and 5:00pm, but there is no need to stay for the full time. It has parking nearby and is within walking distance of the railway station.

If you are interested at all and would like to attend then we would love to hear from you. Just send us an email to: graemeyoung@bamburghresearchproject.co.uk with a few details about yourself, in order to secure a place at the event. We would also like to hear from you if you are interested in working with the BRP and cannot attend the event itself.

Book launch: Bamburgh ‘Ghosts’ Voices from the 18th Century

Carol Griffiths will be launching her book, based on her work with the Lord Crewe archive at the Northumberland Records Office, Woodhorn, at St Aidan’s Bamburgh on Sunday 5th April at 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Proceeds from sale of the book, ‘Bamburgh ‘Ghosts’ Voices from the 18th Century’ will go to St Aidan’s

Image courtesy of Francis Watson-Armstrong

Image courtesy of Francis Watson-Armstrong

A Sponsume Odyssey – Archaeology for Everyone 2013

As the Bamburgh Research Project gears up for the 2013 season, we are reminded of how difficult it can be to sustain a research project and annual field school. Each year countless individuals and businesses donate time, goods and money to the Bamburgh Research Project. We are extremely grateful, as without this support we would not be as successful as we are today. Each year, staff and students travel from within the UK, Europe, America, Australia and everywhere in between to spend their summers with us.

Team Media! From Tee and I (Natalie), to a large, excited, stalkerish media mob!

To ensure we remain up-to-date with the best practice and technology and are able to do our students and the heritage they uncover justice, this year we are holding a crowd-funding campaign. From April 8th until the 31st of May we invite all our friends, followers, colleagues and campaigners to check out our sponsorship video. We are hoping to raise £10,000 and intend to use the money raised to purchase supplies to maintain our extensive archives and artefacts.

We will be using the crowd-funding site Sponsume. Our campaign Archaeology for Everyone {with the Bamburgh Research Project} webpage will be going live Sunday the 7th at midnight (Geenwich Mean Time).

There are many benefits available for those who can donate, including access to our VIP blog (which will include behind-the-scenes videos, interviews and lots more), a poster sized replica of one of our beautifully drawn site plans, and even a VIP day at Bamburgh for you and three friends. These start at £1, and any amount you can give will help.

For those unable to buy a benefit, YOU CAN STILL HELP! Just join the Bamburgh Research conversation via this blog, Facebook, twitter (@brparchaeology) or even Instagram (bamburghresearchproject)

Once more, we would like to acknowledge everyone who supports us in our quest to ensure the sustainability of this vibrant cultural heritage resource. From the Directors, Volunteers, Staff, and Students at the Bamburgh Research Project, THANK YOU.

If you are interested in receiving a PDF press release about Archaeology for Everyone {with the Bamburgh Research Project} or would like to get in touch about this project please e-mail us at fundraising@bamburghresearchproject.co.uk