Over 100 volunteers wanted for a new archaeological excavation in Lincoln


Network Archaeology is offering local people the unique opportunity to be part of a group that will explore the archaeology at the site of the existing NCP car park on Grantham Street in Lincoln.

Lincoln-based Network Archaeology was recently appointed by Jackson & Jackson Developments to deliver archaeological services ahead of construction works commencing at the site, which has received planning permission to become a purpose-built student residential building.

Network Archaeology is giving more than 100 volunteers the rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience of digging, metal detecting, finds processing and other archaeological tasks to help uncover any interesting artefacts at the site.

Enthusiastic volunteers must be over the age of eight (minors to be accompanied by an adult) and able to dedicate a few hours on one of the many ‘digging days’ from 30th July and throughout August.

Anyone with an interest in archaeology/history or just keen to take part in this event should contact [email protected] for more details.

During the excavation, all collected artefacts will be washed and marked by the volunteers at The Collection, a nearby museum, with any particularly interesting or unique artefacts put on display in the museum.

Claire Lingard, director at Network Archaeology, said: “We are very excited to be giving the local community a chance to get involved with our work on this exciting project. The Grantham Street scheme is centrally located in the main tourist area of Lincoln and we are sure that it will generate a lot of interest, which is why we are offering so many volunteers the opportunity to be a part of the excavation.

“Any interesting artefacts found will be put on display in the local museum, so we’re looking forward to seeing what our team and the volunteers will find.

“We’re looking for flexible, reliable and imaginative people with an interest in history/archaeology to take part and we would encourage anyone to register their interest as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”

A time-lapse camera feed will be set up and monitoring the site during the excavation and will be published on the Jackson & Jackson Developments website once complete and the hoardings around the development will feature viewing windows so that passers-by can see what’s happening.

Site tours will also be taking place and advertised in the Collection Museum, on Facebook and the hoardings around the site. You can keep up to date with the progress of the excavations through Network Archaeology and Jackson & Jackson Developments’ social media channels; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. @netarchlive or @Jackson_Living #NALive #GranthamStLIVE

The Grantham Street development, which is due for completion in September 2019, will feature one level of NCP car parking space open to the public and five floors of high-end student bedrooms.

Dominik Jackson, director at Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “After receiving unanimous planning permission from the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee earlier this year for the development of this much-needed facility, we are now pleased to see vital excavation works taking place at the site.

“Network Archaeology has worked on many high-profile schemes throughout the region and are experts in their field. Archaeology is an exciting part of any scheme and one that we take very seriously, which is why we are working with the experts.

“With a city so rich in history it seemed a shame not to exploit these works for the benefit of everyone. We’ve worked with Network Archaeology to open up the site, providing an opportunity for local people to gain first hand experience. It isn’t every day you get to excavate in such a location! I look forward to seeing what they’ll uncover.”

All required equipment, PPE and training will be provided to volunteers by Network Archaeology.