MBA Walks #1 – Historic Newark


The new season of MBA Walks starts on Saturday 23rd March with a full day field visit to the historic town of Newark-on-Trent.

Join us to investigate the Anglo-Saxon defensive settlement and cremation cemetery site, the Medieval castle, St. Mary’s Church with its Danse Macabre imagery and Civil War damage, the heritage conservation area of Millgate and the Civil War earthworks of Queen’s Sconce.

The full-day visit costs £12.50pp and runs from 10.30am-4pm.

To book your place contact

Next date: Sunday 12th May, Archaeology in the Landscape

For full details of all the MBA Walks for 2013 follow the link:

Derbyshire Lives through the World Wars project

MBArchaeology will be working on the new Derbyshire Lives through the World Wars project and are looking for local communities, groups, organisations and businesses who are planning commemorative events and projects to mark the upcoming anniversaries of both World Wars.

We will be covering the Bolsover and Chesterfield regions of North East Derbyshire as well as the Amber Valley – if you are a group or organisation in these areas and would like to know more or register your plans then please contact or tweet to @MBArchaeology



From the Derbyshire Lives website:

Derbyshire Lives through the World Wars is a research project conducted by Bright Ideas on behalf of Derbyshire County Council and supported by Arts Council funding.  It was developed to help plan for the fast approaching centenary of the start of the First World War and also to mark other dates like the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

Derbyshire Lives will seek out community groups across Derbyshire to find out what plans and support needs they may have to enable them to commemorate events.  It will also engage the business community across Derbyshire to find out what their plans are to get involved in the commemorative activities that will be part of the national calendar over the next few years.  Finally, we will survey the material we have surviving in Derbyshire that provides evidence for what was happening in the county and to Derbyshire people through the World Wars.

We will be searching through our local museums, libraries and archives and most importantly encouraging local people to get in touch and share information.  What role did your family, your business, your house or your land play in the Wars?  Any photographs, letters, diaries or other memorabilia that can illustrate that role will be essential to this project.   We will also look at the role played by those communities who have settled in Derbyshire following the World Wars and find out more about the role they played.

Visit the website at


Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a current archaeology student or recently graduated? Would you like more voluntary experience in the archaeology/heritage sector? If so, you may be interested in this new volunteer position.

MBArchaeology is looking for a volunteer with basic archaeological knowledge to assist in courses and projects for Adult Education and/or Family Learning. These are based in the Bolsover Region of North East Derbyshire.

Roles will include assistance in fieldwork activities such as surveying, planning and excavation, supervising group members, support for group members involved in active research and preparing and/or delivery of practical exercises and activities.

The role, activities and days are flexible and any training/support needed can be provided. There will be scope to work in other areas of Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire later in the year. For more information contact