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Managing a Masterpiece - The Stour Valley Landscape Partnership

last modified Jan 24, 2014 05:02 PM
Managing a Masterpiece was a three year landscape partnership scheme to deliver projects to understand, conserve and celebrate the heritage of the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) on the borders of Suffolk and Essex.


Since 2010, the Managing a Masterpiece programme has received £1.1 million from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, part of the Heritage Lottery Fund, to run 62 projects delivering over 3500 volunteer days. The archaeological projects account for well over half of those volunteer days, and the majority of these projects were supervised by Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA).

A film has been released to showcase several of the Managing a Masterpiece projects and their legacy as the programme comes to a close. The film (embedded below) has been produced and directed by Amanda Findley of Aura Films, a locally-based audiovisual production company, and features features footage from the ACA-run community excavations at Clare Castle in May last year. 

The final Managing a Masterpiece event was ACA's community excavations at Goldingham Hall, near Bulmer, last October and as a result of this and other activities run by ACA, a new society, Stour Valley Community Archaeology (SVCA), is currently being set up by local volunteers to continue discovering and enjoying the area's heritage. SVCA membership forms and futher details are now available if you e-mail . Membership rates for 2014 are as follows: Adult £10, Family (at same address) £15, Students/Under 18’s £5. SVCA members will have access to regular newsletters and updates, participation and on-site insurance for local archaeological excavations and admission to an annual lecture by a keynote speaker. The society’s patrons are Dr Carenza Lewis, ACA Director, and a local historian, Ashley Cooper. SVCA have been invited by Ashley to return to excavate on his land at Goldingham Hall in spring 2014.

You can read more about the impact of the Managing a Masterpiece activities run by ACA on our webpage here, which then directs to the relevant excavation reports.

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