Access Cambridge University are due to return to Hadleigh on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th June. Although a number of local people have already put forward their garden for a dig by local school students or our community archaeology club, more hosts are needed…
In May 2015, AGES AHA unearthed a quantity of broken bottle glass from a test pit in the front garden of the United Reformed Church in Church Road. The glass had a very definite embossed pattern and appeared to include the embossed word, “Hadleigh”.
Thanks to the continued support of Heritage Lottery funding, AGES AHA was able to extend this year’s project to a dig in the garden of the former Crown Inn. This followed an invitation from Castle Point Borough Council to research the site prior to the planned Hadleigh town centre redevelopment.
On Saturday, 27th June 2015, AGES Archaeological & Historical Association, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, was able to run what might have been the first ever archaeological “community dig” in Hadleigh.
On 13th and 14th May, under the direction of Dr Carenza Lewis for Access Cambridge Archaeology, 11 test pits were dug around Hadleigh seeking information about the development of the medieval village. AGES AHA dug 2 pits and acted as co-ordinators to find 9 local residents happy to have teams of 4 Southend Schools students digging a hole in their gardens over the 2 days. A day of sunshine was followed by a day which finished with heavy unrelenting rain.
On 11th February 2015, many local residents and others wishing to support the idea of local archaeological test pitting joined AGES Archaeological & Historical Association at a special meeting at St Michael’s Church hall in Daws Heath.
AGES Archaeological & Historical Association has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today (1st October 2014). This exciting project, AGES AHA Bringing Archaeology to the Community, which will take place in and around Hadleigh and Thundersley and be led by AGES AHA, has been given £8,500 to take the story of recent local archaeological finds and their associated history to local residents by way of public meetings, a new pop up museum to use at local fairs and a series of talks to local groups.