Digging into the past at Bedale school

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Bedale’s Mowbray School has won a bid for £8,000 of lottery funding.

The school has been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which will help run an archaeology project with pupils and the local community.

Mowbray School & Bedale Archaeology Week will give people the chance to take part in a real-life archaeological dig on a site behind the school.

Local residents and the school’s students will work together to excavate and survey the site, and record their findings.

The project’s Director Jennifer Kinsman said:

“The project will be a fantastic opportunity to bring together a whole community.

The week will be made up of people of all ages and all walks of life coming together to pursue a common goal of finding out more about the history of Bedale, Ms Kinsman added.

“It will also allow people to investigate their own heritage by getting personally involved with their past with all its mud and glory.

“We hope it will be a great success.”

Work starts on Tuesday, July 26 and sessions will run from 9am-10.30am, 10.45-12pm, 1pm-2.30pm and 3pm-4.30pm Tuesday to Thursday.

Visitors are welcome to join in most of the activities on site during those times.

Open days will be held on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 between 11am and 3pm, during which time anyone can come down and see what has been uncovered.

Organisers also hope the project will boost understanding of Bedale’s history by adding information to the Historical Environments Record for the area.

HLF granted the project money as, it said, it would provide a chance for the local community to work together and boost understanding their history.

Fiona Spiers, Head of HLF in Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

“It is so important for local communities to learn about their past and understand where they have come from.

“This project will give people a chance to learn new skills and get involved in finding out more about the history of Bedale.

“We are committed to funding projects that every community can take pride in and learn about their local heritage.

“In this case, learning about history has never been such fun.”

For more information or to book a session contact jkinsman@2009@gmail.com.