On Saturday 24 September 2016 Wessex Archaeology held its second open day at Sherford, Plymouth, Devon. The rather poor weather forecast did not deter over 750 people from attending. 

Visitors were given the opportunity to see the remains of a Bronze Age round barrow which we are currently excavating. As well as meeting the archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology, visitors were able to read information about the excavations to date and see some of the best artefacts that have been found on the site. Budding young archaeologists were able to try their hand at excavating in our sand pit excavations, which proved a bit hit. As well as Wessex Archaeology, visitors were able to speak to staff from the Devon County Council Historic Environment Team, the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and the Plymouth District Archaeological Society. All provided displays and hands on activities for all ages. 

Children engaging with archaeology at the successful Sherford Open Day Barrow under excavation at Sherford Open Day Open day success at Sherford

The benefit of such an event was clear to all who attended. Archaeology is clearly popular amongst the local residents, therefore there was great engagement with the event and the open day was a pleasure to run. Value came from people being able to see and better understand the work happening in their local community, which in turn enabled people to develop a greater sense of place and understanding of their local heritage.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves during the day and we would like to thank all those who made it such a success. 


Bronze Age round barrow under excavation.


By Gareth Chaffey, Project Manager