Young Archaeologists' Clubs in the West Midlands
The West Midlands currently has two branches of the Young Archaeologists' Club.
Worcestershire Young Archaeologists'
Historic Environment and Archaeology Service, University of Worcester, Woodbury, Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ
General enquiries: Deborah Overton, telephone: 01905 855 494
Membership Enquiries: Sheena Payne-Lunn, telephone: 01905 721 133
The Worcestershire Young Archaeologists' Club are very pleased to announce that the Northwick Manor Community Heritage Project is one of only three projects to be highly commended as part of a prestigious national award.
The Northwick Manor Community Heritage Project was launched in April 2008 after nearly £50,000 of Heritage Lottery funding was awarded to the club, supported by Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council, to engage with local people through the fascinating historic landscape of Northwick and Bevere. The project resulted in a wide variety of events, workshops and activities including excavation, photography, art exhibitions and oral history recording, and culminated in the launch of the Northwick Manor Heritage Trail in May 2010. More details can be found on the Northwick Manor Community Heritage Project web pages.
The Marsh Archaeology Award is made to an individual or voluntary group, active in the United Kingdom, in order to recognise and promote high quality engagement with the stewardship of the archaeological heritage of the UK. A shortlist was drawn up by a selection panel consisting of the Council for British Archaeology's Director, the Director of Archaeology Scotland, and an appointed CBA trustee. Also shortlisted were Gloucester City's Clutch Clinic Community Group (highly commended) and the Dartmoor Cairn Survey and Repair Project, which was awarded the overall prize of £1000.
Members of the Worcestershire Young Archaeologists Club were invited to attend the CBA's Winter General Meeting to give a presentation on the project and to receive a commendation certificate, presented by the award's sponsor Brian Marsh OBE.
Members of Worcestershire Young Archaeologists Club form "WYAC" on the steps of the British Academy after the presentation of their commendation certificate on March 7th 2011
Various materials that were produced during the course of the project, are now available via our website. These include a fully digitised version of Doharty's Map of the Manor of Claines from 1751-3 (via a link to the Worcestershire Tithe and Inclosure Map website), fieldwork reports, oral history transcriptions and research on the area. Details of the heritage trail are also available, for anyone that would like to visit!
Worcestershire Young Archaeologists Club
More information on YAC activities nationally can be found on the main YAC website.
Message from Wendi Terry, Head of YAC,
Subject: [CBAgroups] Dig Deep for YAC Update
Following on from my original correspondence to English CBA Groups, CBA Wales/Cymru and Archaeology Scotland please find attached an Update regarding the Dig Deep for YAC campaign covering YAC HQ fundraising initiatives and progress so far.
The Update encourages volunteers who are part of twitter to tweet a specific message about the campaign so, if you are also a twitter user, it would be great if you could do the same. Here's the message for extra ease of tweeting!
#SaveYAC Support Dig Deep for YAC campaign to save Young Archaeologists' Club Branches www.yac-uk.org/yaccampaign to find out how Please RT
Thanks for your help. You'll also notice in the Update reference to finding YAC Alumni. If you know of anyone who used to be a YAC member it would be great if you could encourage them to visit and 'like' our Facebook Alumni page and complete our SurveyMonkey survey; the survey can also be found at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/YACalumni. The YAC Alumni pages on the website are here : www.yac-uk.org/yacalumni.
I do hope you all have a happy festive period.
Another message from Wendi Terry, Head of
YAC, CBA York
Subject: [CBAgroups] YAC sponsored walk
As part of YAC's fundraising efforts members of YAC and CBA staff plus YAC Leader and CBA trustee Katy Whitaker will be carrying out a sponsored walk in aid of the Dig Deep for YAC Campaign on Wednesday 1st February. We'll be attempting to cover the distance a Roman soldier walked in a day by doing six laps of York's city walls ... dressed as Romans and carrying Roman equipment. We'll be starting about 8.15 and going until we're done which for some of us might be a lot longer than others!
How you can help:
1. Sponsor Us!
It would be great if you could sponsor us. You can do this by either via Just Giving (there's a 'team' link at the bottom that shows you who else is involved) or via text by texting YACR12 followed by the amount you want to give (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10) to 70070. Mike, Katy and Peter will be appearing as part of the team shortly.
2. Spread the word!
All of us taking part will be contacting friends, etc., with our fundraising details; I'll be emailing CBA Trustees too via the generic email list. If you have any contacts who you think might like to sponsor us, please do pass on the details above or direct them to the news story on the YAC or CBA websites which have all the donation details plus extra information about why we're doing this! If you tweet, feel free to tweet (and if you can use the hashtag #YACRomanWalk that's even better) and don't forget to ask people to retweet the details.
I do hope that we can raise a good pot of money for the Dig Deep for YAC campaign.