The Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival 2018

GMAF Logo Colour21 June marks the start of the 2018 Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival. Running for four days between the 21 and 24 June, there are events spread across the city region from Wigan to Ashton-under-Lyne, Castleshaw to Warburton. The festival is sponsored by the Centre for Applied Archaeology, in the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford, and the Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation. The festival is designed to give a taste of the excitement of discovering the past, through a variety of digs, surveys, talks and walks. All the societies involved give freely of their own time, so why not come along and join in the fun (and join some of our local groups)? 

GMAF18 is launched at Salford University on Thursday 21 June at 4pm with a key lecture by Prof Nigel Linge on the archaeology of the telephone box. There will also be some exciting news about the region’s archaeology, but more of that in a later blog (or you could come along to find out on the day!).

As in 2017 all events are free. The events are listed below with links to the Eventbrite booking webpages. Scroll down and chose a link for booking:

#GMAF18 Thursday 21 June

  • Launch Event & Telecommunications Lecture ‘The K8 – 50th Anniversary of Britain’s last red phonebox’. Centre for Applied Archaeology, Peel Building basement.  4pm to 6pm

  • Trafford: Warburton Graveyard Survey, South Trafford Archaeological Group, 10am to 2pm

#GMAF18 Friday 22 June

  • Manchester’s Communications Archaeology Walk. Dr Michael Nevell & Prof Nigel Linge, 11am to 2pm

  • Manchester: Bellhouse Walk, Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society, 11am to 1pm

  • Wigan: Brimlow Roman Road Dig, Wigan Archaeology Society, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June, 10am to 4pm

#GMAF18 Saturday 23 June

  • Bolton: Hall i’th’Wood History Day, Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society, 10am – 4pm (tours at 12pm and 2pm)

  • Bury: Walls and Boundaries in the Holcombe Valley, Holcombe Moor Heritage Group, 1pm to 4pm

  • Stockport: Scholes Park Archaeology Drop-in, South Manchester Archaeology Research Team, 10am to 3pm

  • Tameside: Tameside Local History Forum History & Archaeology Day, Tameside Local History Forum and The Together Centre, 11am to 4pm

#GMAF18 Sunday 24 June

  • Oldham: Castleshaw Roman Forts Tours, Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts, 11am to 4pm

  • Tameside: Tameside Finds Workshop, Tameside Archaeological Society, Portland Basin Museum, 10am to 3pm

  • Trafford: Roman Pottery Workshop, South Trafford Archaeological Group, 1pm to 4pm









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