Location: Hanwell, Oxfordshire
Dates: All year round, most Tuesdays and Thursdays, some additional days in the summer according to demand
Training / Experience: None required
Accommodation: None provided
Volunteers working on the excavation of the east terrace [Photo Credit: S.Wass]
This will be the 6th
year of archaeological investigation into the seventeenth century gardens at Hanwell Castle, part of a programme of doctoral research with the University of Oxford. We will be concentrating on the excavation of a water parterre which may be the location of the famous ‘House of Diversion’ described in Robert Plot’s 1675 Natural History of Oxfordshire
. We use mainly local volunteers but can assist with accommodation for those wishing to help out. We usually have other projects underway during the summer months for anyone with a special interest in garden archaeology.