Community Archaeology 2018
Last year the Kenley Revival Project hosted a week long archaeology event, inviting volunteers to join us in investigating the hidden features around one of the World War II blast pens on site as part of the Festival of Archaeology. We were very successful in our investigation thanks to the efforts of our hardworking volunteers including uncovering the footings of the Canadian flight hut and concrete tie down areas for fighter aircraft complete with metal rings.
This year we are back for one final archaeology dig before the project ends in May 2019 and we need you to make it a huge success!
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who will help us to investigate key heritage features on Kenley Common as part of the historic airfield. You will have the chance to work alongside MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and Historic England.
We will be returning to the area we investigated last year to get an even better picture of how it would have functioned during World War II - we're even hoping to excavate the arm of the blast pen in order to find out how it was constructed!
You will get the chance to excavate features, make reconstruction drawings of the remaining footings and help us in revealing hidden archaeology. Furthermore you will get the opportunity to take part in workshops to learn more about artefact handling and map progression to consolidate your learning. During the whole event we will have professional archaeologists onsite who will share their knowledge with you.
There will be two groups on offer: 16 - 18 July and 23 - 25 July. If you would like to take part please sign up to either Group 1 (Monday 16 July) or Group 2 (Monday 23 July). Please note that due to fairness and popularity, we would expect volunteer’s to attend one group and participate for all 3 days including attending a mandatory health and safety induction on the 1st day. Places are free and available on a first come first served basis so please do ensure you can commit to the duration of the dig.
Please note that the community archaeology will include physical tasks that may require you to work at ground level along with digging activities, please remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You must also be over 18 to participate.
Once you have signed up you will be contacted shortly after with the further details of the dig and the timetables for the event.
We will also be holding a public open day on Saturday 21 July similar to last year with guided tours on the archaeology of RAF Kenley along with a sandpit for kids to learn digging skills. Further details of this day will be available on our website and in our newsletter - watch this space!
If you would like to find out about the findings from last year's archaeology dig there is a report authored by Lead Archaeologist, Dave Sankey from MOLA which is available on our website