Greater Manchester Archaeology Day 2017



The Ordsall Chord in April 2017 showing the new railway bridge across the River Irwell in place. Behind lies Stephenson’s 1830 railway bridge.

This year’s Greater Manchester Archaeology Day is on the 25th November. There are still places available (booking here; Greater Manchester Archaeology Day 2017 booking site) or you can just turn up on the day. Registration is from 9.30am and the venue is the Peel Hall, Peel Building, University of Salford.


We try to be inclusive as possible, with just £10 to attend, disabled access, hearing loops, large screens and avoidance of the infamous men-only speakers list. Although there are just two female speakers this year, a couple of years ago it was an almost completely female line up; there’s always room for improvement. Furthermore, this is a conference that consciously brings together professional, academic and voluntary speakers talking about recent work across Greater Manchester, and there will be plenty of local society stalls show casing the best of research in the region.

This year’s talks include presentations on the archaeology of the Ordsall Chord railway infrastructure project in Castlefield on the Liverpool to Manchester railway line; community excavations at Halton Castle; the North West Regional Research Framework update project for the historic environment; Wythenshawe Hall; Mellor; and Roman Manchester.

This is the seventh Greater Manchester Archaeology Day (GMAD) since they were revived in 2011 by the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service, CfAA at the University of Salford, and the Greater Manchester Archaeological Federation. The first GMAD was in the early 1980s (around 1981 though we can’t be sure), and they continued into the early 1990s. Over the last three decades there have been Cheshire, Lancashire and Lancaster archaeology days. Such annual roundups of academic, professional and voluntary work are a vital way of linking these three research communities and an important way of opening up access to recent research on the past.


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