In September 2013 the Friends of Woking Palace and archaeologists from the Surrey County Archaeological Unit will be returning to Woking Palace for a fifth season of excavations as part of the Woking Palace & its Park Project – a new 3-year Heritage Lottery Funded community-based project. The project aims to cast light on the development of Woking Palace and its surrounding 590 acre deer Park, from its earliest days right through to modern times, including its glorious Tudor heyday.
This year’s excavation will run from Wednesday 18th September until Friday 4th October, excluding Mondays and Tuesdays. A special open day will be held on Sunday 6th October from 11am when guided tours of the excavations will run until 4pm (see www.woking-palace.org for further details).
There are a number of different ways people can be involved with the dig this year, including Dig for a Day, Finds for a Day, and a Basic Archaeology Skills course. There are spaces also available for experienced digging volunteers, and many other opportunities to participate including on-site training through a 3-day Basic Skills in Archaeology course, school and group visits.
To permit the widest possible chance for novices to get involved the opportunity to participate is restricted to a single day or two-half days. Please note that a responsible adult must accompany 15 and 16-year-olds on site.
For more information and a booking form please contact Hannah Potter, Surrey County Council’s Assistant Community Archaeologist at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01483 518737. See our website for further details: http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/
As well as the excavation in September, there are exciting year-round activities planned as part of the Woking Palace and its Park project, which will run until March 2016. The Friends of Woking Palace are actively looking for new volunteers and participants to be involved. For more information on the project and the Friends of Woking Palace, please see www.woking-palace.org, or contact Jean Follett, Treasurer of the Friends of Woking Palace on email email@example.com or by phone 01483 768685.