BIG archaeology DIG on Walney

25th & 26th March

10 – 5pm (Both Days, Lunch at 1pm)


Everyone of all ages is invited to participate in creating and examining an archaeological trench across an old Trackway on the Allotment Soup Project Field, working with local archaeologists and artists.


Following a couple of small test pits which were dug with people last winter, local archaeologists Iain McNicol & Karen Mason will be returning to spend 4 days working on a larger, deeper transect of the track, hoping to uncover its full story.

Last year a huge effort was made by folk involved in the project to open up the trackway again, clearing out stubborn bramble which was a couple of metres high! The trackway runs along the inside edge of the Allotment Soup Project Field and appears on the oldest maps for Walney Island. The sides of the trackway are made from boulders pushed into a clay mound, in the same formation that the medieval field boundaries were created across the Island. Could it be as old as that?

We are excited about learning more about the history of this field, not just the very old but also the recent and remembered… all of this helps us in planning and imagining how we might work with people to develop the field for now and the future. If anyone has a memory or photograph from the area in the past we would really love to hear and see these during the day.


The event is FREE & there will be soup provided at 1pm.

Wear warm clothes and waterproof footwear.


Allotment Soup Project Field : (Opposite the Fire Station) Mill Lane, Walney Island, Barrow in Furness, LA14 3XX


For more information contact:

Hannah Brackston  /  /  07972675095

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