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We Dig... Wollaton Park

  • Wollaton park Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2AE United Kingdom (map)

Held annually since 2015, We Dig… Nottingham’s annual training excavation, is a partnership between Trent & Peak Archaeology and Nottingham City Council. 2019 trainees can look forward to a back-to-basics programme that will target garden features and buildings no longer visible in the park landscape.

We Dig… Wollaton Park 2019 will carry out the first archaeological investigation of the Park in 10 years, searching for evidence of buildings and garden features depicted on 17th century paintings of the Hall and developing a new understanding of how the park might have looked in the post medieval period.


Built in 1580-1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby and designed by Robert Smythson, the park and gardens was developed between 1687 and 1800, with the construction of the lake taking place between 1774 and 1785. The Hall and Park was sold to the Nottingham Corporation in 1924-25 and was used as a US army base and POW camp during the Second World War.

Booking is now open for members of the community, students and budding trainee archaeologists from all backgrounds, aged 14-plus, to get involved in archaeological investigations uncovering new information about the history and archaeology of Wollaton Hall and its surrounding parkland landscape.

We Dig… Wollaton Park will run from 15th July to 9th August.

What we offer:

  • A chance to be part of an archaeological project investigating the historical landscape of Wollaton Park uncovering more than 400 years of history!

  • An opportunity to develop your archaeological skills and gain demonstrable experience in the field.

  • A small-group environment with high staff to trainee ratios. Trainees will work alongside professional archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology, and join in workshops and tutorials delivered by subject specialists from TPA and invited partner organisations.

  • Trainees can book on for any length of time from a one day taster to the full four weeks, but a week long placement is recommended for trainees to take full advantage of the training programme.

  • An opportunity to quickly gain and develop skills and confidence. A changing daily programme allows trainees attending to apply and improve skills in a variety of areas, and those coming for a taster to select the day(s) most suited to their interests and training needs.

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