Wilmslow Community Archaeology
When are our next meetings?
The next meetings at the cemetery of St.Bartholomew's are:
7th December 2013 time: 1-4pm at Headquarters
25th January 2014, 12-3pm
15th February 2014, 12-3pm
8th March 2014, 12-3pm
12th April 2014, 1-4pm
3rd May 2014, 1-4pm
7th June 2014, 1-4pm
There are also occassional meeting during the week, arranged at an ad hoc basis. Dates are circulated to members.
Topics of the research meetings:
- Mondays: Wills of Wilmslow and Morley
- Wednesdays: St. Bart's and its graves
Who we are?
We are a small independent group operating from our base in Wilmslow Parish, East Cheshire. Founded in 2007, initially to study the gravestones in St.Bartholomew's, Wilmslow, but have since then branched out, taking in other aspects of archaeology and history in Wilmslow and Handforth.
What we are doing?
We are trying to get a better understanding of the past of Wilmslow Parish (which includes traditionally: Wilmslow, Styal, Stanneylands, Dean Row, Finney Green, Lacey Green, Morley, Oversley Ford and Ullerswood, Fulshaw, the Hough, the northern part of Alderley Edge, which was originally known as Chorley and Lindow, Row of Trees and Davenport Green).
Because the historical sources for the area tend to be quite slim, we tend to focus on archaeological methods, such as landscape surveys, study of the graveyards and standing buildings and small excavations when necessary. However, when possible we try and tie our findings in with the known historical records and thus get a better understanding of what went on in Wilmslow since Bronze Age.
How we operate:
While we have some qualified historians and archaeologists in our midst, we try and make room for the research interest for all of our members. So newcomers can join in the existing projects or develop their own ideas and directions and contribute their own skills, or learn new ones. The main idea is that we work together towards better understanding the area where we live.
We organise fieldwork as well as research days, and have in the past organised events for the Festival of British Archaeology and Family Fun days around our research in cooperation with other organisations in the parish, incl. various Youth Groups, the local Parish Church, the Wilmslow Historical Society.
We give lectures on various topics and guided tours, either as stand alone events or part of the programme of various societies or adult education venues.
We have published a number of small guides on the aspect of the history and archaeology of the area and are offering short articles on the family history of some former Wilmslow residents. At the moment we are working at publishing the results of some of our watching briefs and excavations.
We also have our own Facebook group, which also doubles as our blog. It can be found at Facebook: Wilmslow Community Archaeology
and our CBA Community Archaeology Project Page is now also online.
But most of all, we get together and have fun doing what we enjoy.
Membership to the Group is open to everybody above the age of 16. (we are currently for insurance purposes unable to take anybody below the age of 16). Membership fee is £5. If you are interested, please send and informal application with your contact details and subscription to our membership secretary and treasurer: D.J.Woolliscroft, 55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL.
Academic Co-ordinator: Birgitta Hoffmann
Secretary : Kathleen Morris email@example.com