Save the date, Greater Manchester Archaeology Day is back on 24th November 2018! This is our annual roundup of archaeological exploration and research in the Manchester city region. Such a review of academic, professional, and volunteer fieldwork has been running, off and on, since the 1980s, and in its current form since 2011. Hosted by the Centre for Applied Archaeology (GMAAS and Salford Archaeology) in the Peel Building at the University of Salford it has established itself as the largest get-together of archaeologists in the region, with society stands, exhibitions, book stalls, tea and coffee on offer.
The 2018 programme reflects one of the busiest years ever in exploring the county, with talks on Roman roads, medieval granges and iron works, post-medieval burial grounds, Sunday schools, mills, and prisons. Our flagship ‘Brian Grimsditch Memorial Lecture’ will be given by Salford archaeology’s Chris Wild on one of Brian’s favourite topics castles (three in fact). Indeed there’s been so much new discovery that some of the latest finds wont be discussed until next year, when my colleagues and I will be celebrating 10 years of the Centre for Applied Archaeology (yes it really has been that long since some of us moved to the University of Salford to set up the Centre in autumn 2009).
These days are always a chance to catchup with old friends and colleagues as well as the latest research, and to mingle with professional and volunteer alike. It’s also a chance to remember colleagues no longer with us, such as the former Chair of the South Trafford Archaeological Group, Derek Pierce, who died earlier this year.
As usual you can follow the day on twitter (#GMAD2018). Booking will open online shortly, with details on the Centre’s Facebook pages.