A small scale archaeological excavation was undertaken by Access Cambridge Archaeology in collaboration with Ridley Hall, over seven days from the 11th to the 17th of April 2012, within the grounds of Ridley Hall College, Cambidge. The excavation was carried out under the supervision of Access Cambridge Archaeology, by members of the public including volunteers from the Cambridge Archaeology Field Group (CAFG) as well as 18 sixth-form students who stayed at both Magdalene College and Homerton College.
The 2012 trench in Ridley Hall was opened in an area which was formerly the Principal’s Garden in the south of the college site. It was conducted in advance of ground works prior to the anticipated construction of a new college building. The trench size encompassed most of the footprint of the basement of the proposed new building, as any archaeology in this area would be directly affected by its construction, but existing features prevented the entirety of the area of the proposed building footprint being included in the 2012 excavation.