Greater Manchester Archaeology Day Part 2

The second half of Greater Manchester Archaeology Day on Saturday 29th November 2014 had a community and industrial archaeology focus. The first speaker of the afternoon was Ian Miller of Oxford Archaeology North talking about Arkwright’s Shudehill Mill in Manchester. This was Arkwright’s last mill and arguably was built to challenge the Manchester textile merchants.…

An Archaeology of Cricket

Whilst sport has been played for thousands of years, mass sporting participation is one of the consequences of industrialisation, and like the classic industries of the Industrial revolution it has left a remarkable physical legacy, from football stadia and dog racing tracks to public parks the first of which was published on Manchester ten years…

Dig Greater Manchester Two Years In

Assessing the impact of community archaeology projects is something that archaeologists have been grappling with for years, and a central feature of Dig Greater Manchester which completes its second year next month. The jargon in the profession often focuses around top-down and bottom-up projects (guided and empowered might be friendlier terms), whilst press coverage captures…