Community Outreach

Public involvement was at the heart of this project, and a large number of local people helped in the clearance and excavation work. Volunteer groups came from RWE npower, Greendown School, Churchfields School, Wiltshire Probation Young Offenders, the Park Rangers, Swindon Young Carers and English Heritage. Many individuals also came and spent a day digging with the team – in all over 200 people lent a hand.
 
During half term week there was a Site Open Day, a Family Dig Day, and two Meet the Archaeologists days. Many groups had guided tours around the archaeology of the park. All these events were very popular, with more than 600 people taking part.
 
Some of the finds from the excavation are on show in the Visitors’ centre at Lydiard Park.
Public tours on the first Site Open Day, April 14th 2004.Public tours on the first Site Open Day, April 14th 2004.A young volunteer gets help identifying his latest find.A young volunteer gets help identifying his latest find.Pupils from local schools working to uncover the old pathways in the Walled Garden.Pupils from local schools working to uncover the old pathways in the Walled Garden.
 Phil Harding, one of Wessex Archaeology’s staff with volunteers from RWE npower.Phil Harding, one of Wessex Archaeology’s staff with volunteers from RWE npower. Volunteers from the general public in front of the main entrance to Lydiard House.Volunteers from the general public in front of the main entrance to Lydiard House. Small pieces of pottery, bone, clay pipe, and charcoal were found by young volunteers.Small pieces of pottery, bone, clay pipe, and charcoal were found by young volunteers.
 Half-Term, Family Dig Day. The handling table.Half-Term, Family Dig Day. The handling table. Half Term, Family Dig Day. Groups joined the archaeologists excavating in the Walled Garden.Half Term, Family Dig Day. Groups joined the archaeologists excavating in the Walled Garden.