As part of the backup I provide for students on my local history/heritage courses I maintain a page called Discover Your Local Heritage. This gives details of the websites and books which are mentioned during the courses and should help students follow up on any of the topics which we have discussed.
The page is in three sections – National, Regional (Yorkshire) and Towns and Villages. They would also be useful to those people carrying out independent research into their own local communities.
I will be running three local history/heritage courses starting next week. There’s one each in Bradford, Ilkley and Shipley. For details click on the link below and it will take you to the appropriate course outline on the WEA website.
In June of this year I spent a very pleasant couple of days working with children at Cobden Primary School on the outskirts of Leeds (West Yorkshire, UK). The project consisted of several elements – a garden pottery survey, some classroom based work and a small-scale excavation in the school grounds. I’ve now completed the report on the excavation element of the project which details the finds which were made. For a more general reader the report also includes a summary of the history of the area around the school.
You can download a copy by clicking on the link below.
Fragments of an early 20th century bowl with a flower Patten
Yesterday I asked children on the project to see what they could find in their own gardens and to bring them into school this morning to see what they might have found. Much of it was what you might expect if you cultivate your own garden: pieces of Victorian teacup, broken plates and the odd fragment of plant pot.
However one child brought in a bag of bits and pieces which contained two large lumps of flint. This came as something of a surprise as there is no natural flint in West Yorkshire. They show no signs of working
Two pieces of flint found in a garden near the school.
but nevertheless are important finds. There is no natural flint in West Yorkshire so these pieces must have arrived here by human agency. The best guess might be that they came from the Yorkshire Wolds sometime in prehistory.
Today we also started gigging. Finds are coming up by the minute. Tell you about them later…
Today I started work on a short archaeology project at Cobden Primary in Leeds (West Yorkshire, UK). It’s a school that I’ve worked with on several previous occasions offering presentations on dinosaurs, prehistory and archaeology in general. This week it’s time for the real thing: we’ll be carrying out a small scale excavation in the school grounds on Wednesday and Thursday.
Today has been spent in preparation for this. I’ve spoken to the children about how archaeology works and we’ve looked at the type of object that we might expect to find. Tomorrow we’ll be starting the field work. Let’s hope there’s a lot to find…