At the beginning of October, some of the HLF trainees met up at Lyme Park. It was a great chance to look around at a partly owned Stockport Council site, which is run by the National Trust. I have previously done a university placement at Lyme Park and some volunteering, so it was nice to go back. I even saw some of my handy work in the interpretation – during my placement I searched the archives for images and documents that could be used in a scrapbook for the Edwardian nursery bedroom. Some of the images now appear on the new house map. I felt quite proud of myself! We also had a quick walk around a small part of the gardens, and may or may not have ended the day by having a meeting about the upcoming Wood Hall dig in the tearoom….
As mentioned in a previous post, a community excavation took place from 8th October – 19th October at Reddish Vale Country Park, which all of the HLF trainees completed research and compiled work for. We also undertook two days of digging at the excavation site, to work with volunteers and the University of Salford archaeology team to help uncover the secrets of Wood Hall. Our main task was to reveal the cobblestones, by using a mattock and shovels to dig away the earth; later using trowels to scrape and clean them. Backbreaking work, but it was fun and lovely to be outside in the crisp Autumn sunshine! Here are some photographs from the two dig days (10th October and 17th October), and from the open day (20th October) in which four of the trainees and I presented the work we had done about Wood Hall and the history and conservation of buildings in the Reddish area.
The dig led to uncovering many foundations and steps down to a cellar; and some of the archaeological finds included tiles, a lightbulb, glass bottles, marble fireplace fragments, and coins. It may be possible to bid for more funds to extend the dig in the future – I am sure there is a lot lurking underground and a lot more about Wood Hall and Wood Hall Farm that is yet to be discovered.