Dig Greater Manchester (DGM) is a five-year community engagement project designed to widen participation in heritage in the Greater Manchester Area. The project is funded by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, and run by the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the University of Salford.
The project aims to provide local communities access to their own heritage, in the hope of raising awareness of the past at a local community level and to promote its exploration by that community.
Each authority will have a two week-community evaluation dig as well as five archaeological skills workshops, and five public talks relating to the archaeology and heritage of each site. In 2013, excavations will take place in Bolton (March), Rochdale (April), Manchester (July) and Salford (September).
All Dig Greater Manchester excavations, open days, workshops and talks are free of charge and places will be booked on a first come first served basis. Participants must be aged 16+, although children from local schools and clubs will be on site during the project. No experience of archaeology is necessary, and teaching and tools are included. Volunteers must bring their own lunch and organize their own transport to and from the site.