Archaeology for All: dig Greater Manchester

Professor Mike Nevell
14th March 2019, 7:00pm
Manchester Conference Centre (Sackville Street)

This lecture will look at the aim, scope and outcomes of the Dig Greater Manchester community archaeology project which ran from 2011 to 2017. The project aimed to provide community archaeology education and training across the Manchester city region; to explore the impact of community archaeology on participating individuals, local groups and communities; and to explore the impact of industrialisation in the region.

This was done through excavating eleven sites in Greater Manchester as well as in Blackburn and Darwen Council. All these site were on all on local council land and ranged from textile mills and workers’ housing to mill owners houses and a cavalry barracks. Adult participants feedback was recorded in detail, whilst 55 lectures and 110 training workshops across 11 local authorities in the region were undertaken. At the time Dig Greater Manchester was one of the largest community engagement archaeology projects in the  UK, engaging over 1570 adult volunteers and  students, and 3400 school children, as well as producing two conferences, two major publications and an archaeology festival.

About the speaker

Dr Michael Nevell is a field archaeologist with more than 30 years’ experience. His specialist areas include community archaeology, the archaeology of buildings and the archaeology of the industrial revolution, on which subjects he has published more than 50 books and academic articles. He is a trustee of the Council for British Archaeology and currently Chair of the Association for Industrial Archaeology.





Mains (one of the following choices)

~ Chicken Supreme Hunter Style

~ Grilled Cod Loin with Salsa Verdi

~ Mixed Mushroom Casserole



~ Roast potatoes

~ Steamed baton Carrot & Garden Peas

~ Carrot & Swede mash


Desserts (one of the following choices)

~ Bakewell Tart

~ Hazelnut Cheesecake