Nestled in the beautiful Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle was one of the Tudors’ most beloved palaces, and often housed those closest to the crown. It’s where Anne Boleyn stayed with Henry VIII while he made his decision to dissolve the monasteries, and where Katherine Parr, Henry’s last wife, later lived after he died. It’s also where Elizabeth I came to celebrate her four-year anniversary of her victory over the Spanish Armada.
But even though this place is so rich in history, there are still untold stories, long-lost ruins, and undiscovered clues buried in the castle grounds. Where was Elizabeth’s temporary Tudor palace? How did Thomas show his love for Katherine? And what has it got to do with the destruction of Winchcombe Abbey? These are questions that DigVentures believes the dig site can answer.
Join their friendly team of archaeologists and you’ll learn everything you need to unearth brand new evidence about this fascinating piece of history.
You’ll learn how to excavate, interpret your discoveries and record them like a pro. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to try additional archaeological skills. Most importantly, the things you discover will make a genuine contribution to our understanding of the past.
Location: Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire
Region: South West
Time period: Tudor
Accommodation provided: No
Level of experience required: No prior experience needed
Academic credit available: Not directly, but we can provide a letter of support which can be converted into credit by the institution
Extra on-excavation activities: Online events will be listed at https://digventures.com/calendar closer to the time – will include a Virtual Tour and at least one other talk/workshop. People can also support the dig as a Digital Crowdfunder and follow our process online (cost: £10-£75).
Age limit: Suitable for all ages with specific sessions suitable for children aged 6-12 (DigCamp) and aged 12-16 (DigClub).
Dates: October 18-30
Cost: £75 – £1350
Contact name: DigVentures
Contact address: Witham Studios #5, Hall Street, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8JB
Contact telephone: +44 (0) 333 011 3990
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: https://digventures.com
Twitter – @TheDigVenturers
Instagram – @digventures
Facebook – @DigVentures (https://www.facebook.com/DigVentures)