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The Great British Story: A People's History

In July 2011, Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) supervised a community excavation of 37 test-pits in the Suffolk village of Long Melford. The weekend was filmed as part of Michael Wood’s second BBC series charting regional social history, following the success of his 2010 series, Story of England which traced the impact of national and local events through time at Kibworth, Leicestershire, which also involved ACA were in archaeological test-pit excavations dug by the community. The follow-up 8-part series, 'The Great British Story: A People's History' aired on BBC2 in the summer of 2012. The Long Melford test-pit excavations were showcased in the first episode, 'Britannia', which charted the demise of Roman Britain and the emergence of Anglo-Saxon England.

Click here to view the excavation project report.

A local amateur historian, Rob Simpson, formed a steering group with parish councillor John Nunn to help raise funds for a permanent display of artefacts found during the event and other excavations in the village to coincide with the screening of the programmes. The Long Melford Heritage Centre was officially opened by Dr Carenza Lewis in June 2012 and is open during the summer months to members of the public. Entrance to the Heritage Centre is free, and it is based at Long Melford Memorial Hall, opposite the Bull Hotel. The location can be viewed on the map here.