We Dig Wollaton Park 2020

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Wollaton Hall


Held annually since 2015, We Dig… Nottingham’s annual training excavation, is a partnership between Trent & Peak Archaeology, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham City Council.

We Dig… Wollaton Park continues archaeological investigations of the formal gardens of Wollaton Hall, searching for evidence of buildings and garden features depicted on 17th century paintings of the Hall and developing a new understanding of how the park might have looked in the post medieval period. 2020 trainees can look forward to a packed programme that will introduce and improve basic archaeological skills whilst providing the opportunity to expand their knowledge into other parts of the archaeological process, such as finds identification and, new for this year, archaeobotany. It’s not just about excavation!

Wollaton Hall was built in 1580-1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby and was designed by Robert Smythson. The park and gardens were developed between 1687 and 1800, with the construction of the lake taking place between 1774 and 1785. The Hall and Park was sold to the Nottingham Corporation in 1924-25 and was used as a US army base and POW camp during the Second World War.

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