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 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!


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:

Ely & District Archaeological Society have a fund to make financial contributions to 13-18 year olds based in Ely, Cambridgeshire and the surrounding district towards the cost of studying and undertaking archaeological investigations within the UK.

The AHK Bursary is named after Anne Holton-Krayenbuhl who was a distinguished scholar and archaeologist and a founding member of the Ely and District Archaeological Society. Upon her death in 2015 a memorial fund was set up by her family members and others.

1. Applications for funding must be made in writing to the Ely and District Archaeological Society.

2. Bursary funding will be limited to a maximum of £100.00 per person or organisation.

3. Applicants must be aged between 13-18 years of age at the time of the application.

4. The granting of funds will be at the discretion of governing committee of the Ely and District Archaeological Society.

5. Recipients of funding may be required to give a short account of their fund usage and how knowledge or skills gained can be put into practice.

6. The scheme will exist until the fund is exhausted.

Applications for 2017 must be sent to the following address to be received no later than 29th July 2017:- Mr S W Cole. Chairman, Ely and District Archaeological Society, c/o 2a Church Lane, Ely. Cambridgeshre. CB7 4JG

For more information please contact

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'The Kimbolton Iron Age coin hoard' by Liz Davies
Friday 2nd June at 7:30pm
Eynesbury Junior School, Montagu St, Eynesbury, Saint Neots PE19 2TD
Admission: Members: Free; Non-members: £2.50
Cambridge Archaeology Field Group - Monthly talk
'Lines in a Landscape' by Martin Davies
Wednesday 7th June at 7:30pm
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing site, Cambridge
All welcome (CAFG invite contributions of £1 from non-members)
'Hidden Lives: a story of discovery'
Friday 16th June - Sunday 24th December
Discover stories of ancient people, and how through DNA research we can reveal their hidden lives but also more about our shared story. There have been several archaeological excavations at the Wellcome Genome Campus undertaken by Oxford Archaeology East in the past twenty years, with many interesting finds. By combining archaeology with cutting-edge genomics research we are discovering who lived on this site thousands of years ago. Using archaeological finds, including human skeletal remains, along with film and hand-on activities, this exhibition will explore the hidden lives of our ancestors, and what analysing a genome can reveal about us all - past and present.
The Cultural Zone exhibition space is open on the third Saturday of the month for drop-in visits, and at other times for special events. Group visits are also very welcome, by arrangement.

We are pleased to welcome Oakington and Westwick History Society to the Jigsaw community of local archaeology and history societies in Cambridgeshire. They are the first group since the end of the Heritage Lottery Funded term of the project to join Jigsaw Cambridgeshire which is testament to the project's legacy and continuing popularity and relevance in the county.

Oakington and Westwick History Society is now officially affiliated to the Jigsaw network which means their events will be promoted on the Jigsaw wesite, social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) and email list. Representatives of Jigsaw affiliated community archaeology groups are also invited to regular meetings to discuss upcoming projects, events and collaborations, and have access to our specialist archaeological equipment.

The Society's next speaker meeting is on Thursday 18th May and will be given by Richard Mortimer of Oxford Archaeology East and Duncan Sayer of the University of Central Lancashire giving an update on the archaeology of the recreation ground in Oakington. The Society was set up in 2008 as a result of village interest in archaeological excavations that took place on the recreation ground in preparation for the build of a new pavilion which uncovered a large Saxon cemetery.

The Society have been developing their online presence with new design and content on their website with pages relating to the local history, genealogy and archaeology of their parish.

If you are interested in affiliating your existing archaeology or history society (in Cambridgeshire or a neighbouring county) or finding out how to set up a new group, please contact us for more information.

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