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The Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy team in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council Living Legacies First World War Engagement Centre are hosting a free community workshop in Cambridgeshire outlining how to research, record and fund your own First World War project. The workshop takes place on Friday 6th October 2017 at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. It is aimed at county and local archaeology and history societies, leaders from CBA’s Young Archaeologists’ Club branches, CBA regional groups and existing and emerging First World War community projects funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund or through the Arts and Humanities Research Council First World War Engagement Centres.

Places are limited so booking is essential using the Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cba-and-living-legacies-first-world-war-workshop-iwm-duxford-tickets-36606317481?dm_i=10MV%2C52MT2%2CK5B9UG%2CJH97T%2C1

During the workshops, there will be the opportunity to learn how to use the Home Front Legacy recording app to create new knowledge about the legacy of the First World War in your local area. You will also be introduced to the Home Front Legacy’s range of learning resources for young people. Help and advice will be available to help you set up your own First World War community project with guidance on funding available from the Heritage Lottery Fund and how you can apply, while representatives from existing First World War projects will provide inspiration by sharing their experiences.

Historic England have included Jigsaw as a best practice case study in their new report on the role of heritage to people and communities (as below). You will find Jigsaw mentioned on page 4, along with a photo of the Warboys Archaeology Project. The full report can be downloaded from the Historic England website here.

 

Jigsaw partner, The Great Fen, is appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the prestigious National Lottery Awards. The Great Fen is competing against six others in the Best Environment Project category. The project beat off stiff competition from over 1,300 organisations – a record number of entries - to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner and receive a £5,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One in September.

The Great Fen is one of the biggest habitat restoration projects in Europe with the aim of restoring and maintaining landscape scale wetland habitats in the the former Holmewood Estate in Cambridgeshire to past glory. National Lottery funding has enabled this group to create habitats for wildlife along with local community benefits, as you can see in their YouTube promotion film.

Louise Rackham, The Great Fen Education and Community Manager, has said "It is working in partnerships on projects like the Spitfire memorial that has helped us reach the finals…we couldn’t do it without you people!" Jigsaw and Oxford Archaeology East worked with volunteers from the Great Fen Heritage Group and personnel from the Defence Archaeology Group in October 2015 to excavate the remains of a Spitfire X4593. You can read more about it here.

To vote for The Great Fen, please go to http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9689 and follow the campaign on Twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on 29 June until midnight on 27 July. Don’t forget you can vote from your home e-mail too!

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Peterborough Museum - Exhibition
Must Far Exhibition: The story so far
Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF
Friday 5 May – Sunday 10 September
FREE except for special event days
Considered to be one of the most important Bronze Age sites in Europe, excavations at Must Farm in Whittlesey have revealed more about what life was really like for our ancestors living 3,000 years ago than ever before. Following on from the myriad of news articles and BBC documentaries, this exhibition presents finds that never been on public display and highlights the stories that have captured our imaginations.
Please note Peterborough Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm) plus Mondays (inc bank holidays) during Peterborough school holidays.
 
Join Home Front Legacy 1914-18 for their big recording month. Throughout August there’ll be encouraging people to research and record Home Front sites in their local area using our resources and recording app. You don’t need any prior experience to get involved and they’ll teach you all the skills you need. All you need to do is follow their weekly blogs, a new one will be posted every Monday from the 31st July. You will also need to register to access the Home Front Legacy Member Toolkit and recording app to start investigating your local area with the guidance of ther posts. For more information see their website: http://www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk/wp/blog/home-front-legacy-1914-18-big-recording-month/ Use the hashtag #WW1athome to keep up to date and to share the sites you discover and record.
 

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LHEN - New Toolkit documents
As part of the expanding range of advice and guidance produced by the CBA to enhance local advocacy capabilities, the Local Heritage Engagement Network have produced two new documents for their toolkit (http://new.archaeologyuk.org/lhen-toolkit):
Toolkit 9: Local Authority cuts: Case studies - This document contains information on the types of cuts which many local authorities are making to their heritage services, and how to formulate arguments against them or propose alternate options.
Toolkit 10: Getting involved with Neighbourhood Planning: Advice for the historic environment - This document seeks to fill a gap in available advice specifically about incorporating historic environment policies into neighbourhood plans and how individuals and groups with an interest in archaeology or heritage can get involved in the process.

Forthcoming toolkits will examine examples of a range of good advocacy projects and good local services. If you have any suggestions or examples of positive advocacy in practice and would like to be featured, please contact LHEN at
lhen@archaeologyuk.org

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group - Monthly talk
'The History of the Chivers' Jam Factory at Histon, 1873-1960' by David Oates (HIAG)
Monday 3rd July at 7:30pm
Histon Baptist Church
Members £2 Non-members £3 Refreshments Available

GamArch - Open Event
'Gamlingay Saxon Heritage: your chance to find out more!'
Thursday 6th July at 7:30pm
Kier Suite, The Eco Hub Gamlingay Community Centre, Stocks Lane, Gamlingay, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 3JR
All welcome
Twenty years ago this year a major archaeological dig took place on the area where the new houses are on Station Road. The finds were very significant: remains of a settlement, and a large Saxon burial site, with evidence of some 118 internments. This Saxon cemetery was an early example of early Christian burials, and a rare example of the changes to the beliefs of people moving from pagan to Christian. This event will include a review of the original findings by Quinton Carroll (Cambridgeshire Historic Environment Team) and an introduction to a major new project led by Dr Sarah Inskip (University of Cambridge). The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust and seeks to examine the health and life of these residents. This is an open meeting for everyone and is planned by GamArch, in partnership with the Gamlingay History Society.

Cambridge Archaeological Unit - Open Day
Northstowe Phase 2
Saturday 8th July 10am - 4pm
Site Tours and Display of Finds
Access via Old Oakington Barracks gate, Rampton Road, Longstanton (CB24 3EN)
Parking available on site
Sensible footwear advisable

Festival of Archaeology - National Event
Saturday 15th - Sunday 30th July
Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival offers hundreds of events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists. You can search for events taking place on the Festival's website: http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/whatson/