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Latest News

New! Crowdfunded Community Archaeology project Researching Roman Southwell

New! Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey project launching soon

New! Community Archaeology project Kelham in the Civil War Phase Two starts 13th January




New Year, New Opportunities!



With the start of 2015 many people will have made resolutions to become fitter or more active, to get out in the fresh air, to meet new people or to take up a new hobby. Well, what if you could do all of those in one go? With archaeology, you can!

Over the coming months we have several projects for people to get involved in, including ones on the Civil War, the Romans, Human Remains in Archaeology and Medieval Graffiti. We also have Adult Education courses and talks, plus field visits out to places like the Peak District, Lincoln and Hardwick Hall – something for everyone!

We will also be running practical archaeology courses on prehistoric pottery techniques and production (including having a go at making our own pots!) and one or two exciting new projects for the second half of the year. And we will also be looking to take on a new volunteer in the Spring – ideal for University students or those with basic field experience.

You will also find us at the CBA East Midlands Conference in March, and the Second Nottinghamshire Archaeology & Local History day at the University of Nottingham in June, so do come along and say hello!

For more information you can email us, tweet us or find us on Facebook, and you can also sign up to our emailing list by sending us your email address.


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New project on Roman Southwell



Are you interested in local archaeology? Would you like to know more about Southwell’s Roman past? Or would you fancy being involved yourself?

Well, here is your chance!

The Researching Roman Southwell project is an exciting, community-led project that aims to uncover valuable information about this important part of our local history. Professionally led by MBArchaeology, the project seeks to investigate the town’s Roman past while providing training and hands-on experience, help local people to become involved in their local heritage, and provide a platform for both social and mental wellbeing.

It aims to show that archaeology is fun, stimulating, educational, rewarding and, most importantly, accessible to all……[READ MORE]


MBA Walks 2015

Archaeology walk to Birchover, 2012


The 2015 programme for our MBA Walks series of archaeology walks / field visits is now finalised, and the details can be found below.

And, for anyone booking before the end of 2014, we are offering a ‘Buy Two, Get One Free’ offer* – an ideal gift for Christmas!

Walks on offer this year are:

  • Historic Lincoln – Sunday 22nd March, 10.30am-3.30pm
  • Archaeology of the Southwell region – Saturday 18th April, 10.30am-3.30pm
  • Archaeology of the Hardwick Estate – Sunday 10th May, 1-4pm
  • Archaeology in the Landscape – Saturday 16th May, 10.30am-3.30pm
  • Hidden Peak District: the Lumsdale region – Saturday 20th June, 10.30am-3.30pm
  • Roystone Grange Heritage TrailSaturday 11th July, 10.30am-3.30pm

Full details can be found by clicking here.


Sessions for schools



We are now offering archaeology & history sessions for local schools, and can tailor these to tie-in with the National Curriculum and local topics.

This is a new service for the 2014/2015 academic year, but we have already held discussions with two schools in Derbyshire about designing and delivering some sessions.

We will be working with Year 3 children at Bolsover Junior School in November to deliver sessions based around their new topic on the Stone Age, and again in January with Year 5 & 6 looking at Anglo-Saxons & Vikings.






We will also be working with the Year 5 & 6 children at St. Joseph’s school in Staveley at the end of January, also looking at Anglo-Saxons & Vikings.

Our sessions can include:

  • An overview of the period
  • Practical activities
  • Artefact handling sessions
  • Fact-based learning sessions
  • Suggestions for further learning and useful resources

We can also work with teachers and topic co-ordinators to help put together Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans, and can advise on local sites to look at or to visit.



We are also able to provide practical archaeology sessions and hands-on digging days. We recently worked with Brampton Primary School in Chesterfield as part of the Chatsworth Road Festival, where we engaged with around 200 children over two days. The children found out what it is like to be an archaeologist and had a go at digging and sieving for finds.

For more information or to discuss a school visit, contact or call 07599 421816.


BBC Sheffield interview

Our Limestone Journeys Community Archaeology group based at Creswell Crags were recently interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield.

You can hear one of the group members sharing his experience as well as MBArchaeology archaeologist Matt Beresford explaining a bit more about the project.

Click on the image to hear the interview.