The results of the archaeological exploration on Lancaster’s Castle Hill will feature in a special exhibition held in the former A Wing at Lancaster Castle, from 10am on Saturday 29 November to 5pm on Sunday 30 November.
Alongside the exhibition we will be hosting HackLancaster for the first time. A 24hour hackathon supported by The Creative Exchange at Lancaster University. The hackathon will see coders, creatives and the next generation of heritage champions work with the data from the recent survey alongside other data sources including the Urban Archaeological Database. The hackathon will run from 10am on Saturday to 1pm on Sunday. The exhibition will also give visitors a chance to explore and feed into the work taking place during the hackathon.
The recent geophysical survey was carried out by Oxford Archaeology on Vicarage Fields and Quay Meadow, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The results of the survey have now been provided to the Beyond the Castle team and will help with developing plans for future exploration of the site. Take a look at our dedicated site: www.hacklancaster.org
It has been a long wait but we have a finalised date for the archaeological survey report (data representation, analysis and recommendations) from Oxford Archaeology – by the end of this week!
Designing the project in such a way that the field work/ development work runs in parallel with the community engagement is risky, difficult and messy, but ultimately the more rewarding approach. We did not want to ‘tag on’ engagement once all the field work and research has been completed, but build it into the process.
We have benefitted greatly and have developed our thinking by meeting and talking to people at events, on site or through social media. Giving people the opportunity to get an insight and help shape the process is what we’d like to call real community archaeology. Warts and all.
The next meeting of the Lancaster and District Heritage Group will be at The Three Mariners on Wednesday 12th November, starting at 7.00pm