Medieval hospital revealed in Leicester’s Cathedral Gardens

Originally posted on ULAS NEWS:

In 2013 and 2014 archaeologists from ULAS carried out a series of watching briefs during the construction of ‘Cathedral Gardens’ a new public open space located to the south and west of Leicester Cathedral.

cathedral-gardens4 The newly completed Cathedral Gardens, looking across the site of Wyggeston’s Hosptial towards Leicester Cathedral.

As part of this development, various ground-works were undertaken within both the graveyard of Leicester Cathedral and the St Martins House carpark.  Within the carpark lay the site of Wyggeston’s Hospital, constructed in the early 16th century and demolished in the 19th century.

cathedral-gardens3 Wyggeston’s Hospital, c.1791

The Hospital is named after its main benefactor and founder William Wyggeston (1472-1536) a wool merchant and three times mayor of Leicester and a parliamentary burgess for the Borough.  The intention of the founder was for the hospital to care Leicester’s needy poor of twelve men and twelve women.  The Hospital was erected in 1519…

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Radio Stars!


Don’t forget to tune in to Talking History on BBC Radio Leicester today at 1.00pm. Debbie, Joshua and Abi will be talking to Dave Andrews about all things YAC, the fun things we do and what we discover at our meetings.

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Framework Knitters Museum


Today we are at the Framework Knitters Museum in Wigston to discover life for those working in the hosiery industry. 

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YAC UK has a new website!

Screen Shot 2015-04-18 at 18.13.24After months in development, YAC UK have put the finishing touches to its brand new website.

Following the changes to the group, the new website will replace the Young Archaeologists Magazine.  It’s packed full of exciting information about all things Archaeology, with photo’s, activities, a branch blog along with a great new section “ask the Archaeologist” which allows you to get you burning questions answered by a professional archaeologist.

The new website launches today, so go check it out –   

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YAC UK needs your vote!

Screen Shot 2015-04-18 at 18.18.12Everyone at YAC was really excited to find out that we have won a prize – beating other entries from right across Europe! YAC has been made a ‘laureate’ of the 2015 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. Even more exciting, we find out at the prize-giving in June whether we have won an extra-special prize: either a Grand Prix or the People’s Choice Award.

EU stands for European Union. The European Union is a group of 28 countries, most of which are – you guessed it – in Europe. The countries work together in lots of ways, including in archaeology. The Prize helps the EU to show off the very best of Europe to the rest of the world, and helps to prove how important things like archaeology are to people like you and me.

This year there were 263 entries to the competition from 29 countries, and YAC is one of only 28 chosen laureates! In June all of the laureates will go to a special ceremony in Oslo, the capital city of Norway, to collect their certificates. At the ceremony we will also find out whether we have won an even better prize. We could win the Grand Prix, which goes to the very best entries. With your help we could also win the People’s Choice Award.

Vote for YAC!

The People’s Choice Award is voted for online by people all over the world. You can help YAC by casting your vote now. Just visit the voting website and choose YAC (it’s at the bottom of the list). You get to cast three votes, so you can check out some of the other winners from all over Europe and vote for them too.

There are five laureates from the United Kingdom, including our very good friends at the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre, who have helped us to launch our new website. YAC club members can get into Stonehenge free with their YAC Pass Card, so long as you take a grown-up with you (who will still have to pay).

Watch this space to find out whether we will win the Grand Prix and People’s Choice Awards!

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Richard III Visitors Centre

lots of excited faces ready for our visit today at the Richard III Visitors Centre. 

What will we discover?

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Building Reconstruction

Today Mike and Debbie are showing us how we look at reconstructing buildings from the past. We are thinking about the structures and materials to think about how they looked and were used by people in the past.

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Prehistoric burials

Today’s meeting is underway. Looking at what items people were buried with. What items would best represent you today?



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New Year and January Meet

Happy New Year to all our YAC members!  We hope you had a fantastic holiday and are keen to get back to discovering the secrets of Archaeology and History :-)

Details of our meeting on Saturday 24th January at Charnwood Muesum.  For details visit Meets 2015, or check your newsletter which was emailed out this week.

If you have not received the newsletter, or would like to be added please email us on

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December Meeting

Reminder to book onto our December 13th meeting.  Please email us on

If you have not checked your emails, the venue has changed to Newarke House

The theme is the Romans so to get you in the mood take a look at this BBC page on the Romans.  Give the game ago.

Remember you can dress up if you want.

Also bring something nice for the table :-) for our mini end of year celebrations.

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