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Goldingham Hall Excavation


As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Managing a Masterpiece landscape partnership project and with thanks to Ashley Cooper, local historian and landowner, Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) returned to Goldingham Hall in autumn 2013 to run a four day programme of community archaeological excavations from 9th to 13th October.

Three trenches were dug in a field to the north-east of Goldingham Hall in the village of Bulmer in Essex, and 45 volunteers and local residents were involved. 17 Year 3 & 4 (7-9 year old) and 13 Year 5 & 6 (9-11 year old) students from Bulmer Primary School took part in two days of the excavations, with accompanying staff.

Click here to view the project report.



Excavation preparations

Day 1 - summary

Day 2 - summary

Day 3 - summary

Day 4 - summary

Goldingham Hall excavation - poem

Goldingham Hall excavation - from Ashley Cooper



98% of respondents rated their experience of the excavations as ‘excellent’, with 93% rating it as ‘excellent’, and 98% would recommend the activity to others.

Click here to view the feedback letters from students at Bulmer St Andrew's Primary School.

“Each day passed too quickly, spending my evenings thinking and wondering about the dig, more questions than answers, another day of discovery, kind, helpful and approachable professionals on hand with advice and guidance, my aching old bones digging up aching old bones. I shall miss this.” (PH)

“It’s so much fun, that is why I have been involved on five digs. Thanks ACA for a great few years of digs.” (AR)

“Thanks to everyone at Managing a Masterpiece and ACA for yet another great dig. I’m sure the skills and knowledge imparted to  the many volunteers over the past few years will shape the future of archaeology and community spirit in the Stour Valley and beyond.” (LB)

 “Thank you for a wonderful opportunity to be involved with a professionally run series of digs.” (EM)

“The ACA team make you welcome and are approachable.” (RB)

“(I enjoyed) seeing the school and community coming together to learn about their roots and making sense of the history around them. Great time.” (GE)

“Another good archaeological experience. ACA as well as Managing a Masterpiece deserve all the accolades for an excellent season of archaeological experiences. Wonderful experiences – thank you to everyone involved.” (CC)

“A day well worth the time and effort, particularly the friendly people and their willingness to pass on their knowledge.” (MC)