Rainford’s Roots – community archaeology events

18 July 2013 by Sam Rowe

woman with a display stand with lots of archaeology info and pictures

Kerry, Community Archaeology Trainee, at Rainford Summer Festival

The Rainford’s Roots project is very busy this month, running a number of events in Liverpool and Rainford as part of the Festival of Archaeology 2013, 13 to 28 July 2013.

Rainford’s Roots is a community archaeology project, run by the Merseyside Archaeological Society and National Museums Liverpool, to explore the industrial heritage of Rainford village near St Helens. The project aims to widen participation and dissemination of community archaeology in the region.

On Saturday 13 July the project hosted a display table at the Rainford Summer Festival at Rainford High Technology College. More than 4,000 people came through the doors for a day of entertainment and stall-browsing on what turned out to be a very hot summer day.

people looking at an archaeology display

Rainford Exhibition Day

This week saw a special edition of our Mapping Monday event at the Museum of Liverpool, which included a display of the latest objects discovered during community excavations taking place in Rainford. Around 20 people attended the event including residents from Rainford, and were able to explore the history of their area through the interactive map, as well as handle some of the objects on display.

On 17 July the project hosted an exhibition day at Rainford village hall, for local residents to come and see some of the latest objects found in their area. It was also a chance for people to bring in any finds they had found themselves in their gardens or whilst out walking in the area, and have them identified by local experts.

Rainford’s Roots is also hosting guided walking tours of Rainford village next week, for people to learn more about the historic sites and buildings around the village, as well as to hear from archaeologists on the latest news of excavations taking place in Rainford. The walks take place on Thursday 25th July (1.30-3pm), and Friday 26th July (10.30-1pm).

You can find out more about the events and get in touch with the project on the Rainford’s Roots website.

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