Dig It! with YAC at Nottingham Castle
A team of trainees will be learning hands-on archaeology at Nottingham Castle this summer, working with archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology. And they would love you to join them on site for a full day as an archaeologist!
Three lucky young archaeologists will be joining the team on Saturday 5th August 2017.
During their Dig It! with YAC day our winners will dig, sieve, metal detect, wash finds, and learn other archaeological skills too – in fact, they’ll learn what being an archaeologist is really like!
And that's not all... each of our winners will receive an amazing haversack of archaeological tools from our friends at Past Horizons, complete with their own trowel!
To be in with a chance of winning a full day working with the archaeologists on site at Nottingham Castle on Saturday 5 August just answer this question:
When did Charles I raise his standard at Nottingham Castle (Hint... read on to find out!)
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to include your name, age and address.
Closing date: The closing date for this competition has now past
Winners must be free on Saturday 5th August 2017, and will need to make their own travel arrangements to the site. More information about the Dig It! with YAC day will be sent to our prize winners on Monday 24th July by both email and first class post. Please ensure you include your postal address in your entry email.
About Nottingham Castle
This site has been home to several buildings known as Nottingham Castle. The first was built in 1067, on the orders of William the Conqueror. This soon became one of England's most important royal castles.
Seized by Prince John and laid siege to Richard the Lionheart, Nottingham Castle was also the place at which Queen Isabella and Roger, Earl Mortimer, were apprehended. Richard III set out from here, the seat of his government, for the Battle of Bosworth, and it was at Nottingham Castle that Charles I raised his standard in 1642, catapulting Britain into civil war. The castle was taken by the Parliamentarians but was attacked throughout the war, before being destroyed in 1652 on Parliament's orders. A magnificent Ducal Palace was then built by the Duke of Newcastle. This was set alight in 1831 by local rioters but was rebuilt to become the museum and art gallery that we know today.
The outer bailey of the medieval Nottingham Castle was next to the defensive curtain wall and would have supplied the castle with food. Today it's the site of the We Dig the Castle training excavation. Led by Trent & Peak Archaeology, Nottingham City Council, and Historic England, We Dig the Castle offers people of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn archaeology while uncovering new information about earlier activity and buildings in the outer bailey. It is the first known archaeological investigation of this part of the castle grounds.
In 2015 We Dig the Castle trainees uncovered the first archaeological evidence of 19th century allotments on the site. The 2016 trainees excavated the formal gardens of the grand Ducal Palace built for the Duke of Newcastle in 1678. In both years we uncovered a great number of finds – including coins, bottles, oyster shells, clay pipes, medieval and post-medieval pottery, and even a musket shot and a lead shot.
This summer the We Dig the Castle trainees will be going down to a new lower level, aiming to understand more about the medieval and post-medieval use of this part of the site. We may even find evidence of the Civil War!