Budding archaeologists explore Pontefract Castle

PR 8219
10 May 2016

Pontefract Castle, which is currently undergoing a Heritage Lottery Funded £3.5m conservation project, plays host to budding archaeologists this month as excavation work begins on the castle’s Royal Apartments.  

Schools and visitors will get the chance to sieve spoil from a previous excavation to see what treasures were missed by Victorian archaeologists, during morning and afternoon workshops between May 5 and 21.

Visitors can also attend a drop in session held on Saturday 14 May during a War of the Roses Living History Day packed with free family activities including interactive demonstrations; have a go archery, pottery making and storytelling from 11am till 4pm.

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Deputy Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “We are delighted that pupils from nine local schools are joining us this month to experience archaeology in action.
“We hope that visitors and local groups will join in with one of the other planned workshops and drop in sessions. It’s a rare opportunity to get ‘hands on’ during a dig at this important heritage site’

Andy Norton, Regional Manager of Wessex Archaeology, said: “Engaging with local schools and the public is an important part of commercial archaeology, and to do so on such a special site is particularly rewarding.  We are all looking forward to working with Pontefract’s future archaeologists and seeing what surprises the Royal Apartments hold.”

Morning and afternoon workshops can be booked by calling 01924 302700 or by emailing museumslearning@wakefield.gov.uk. No need to book for drop in sessions held on Saturday May 14 and 21 from 11am till 4pm.

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