Something to do this weekend!


Hi everyone,

Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not visit the Peterborough Heritage Festival (20-21 June, 10am – 5pm).

The Peterborough Heritage Festival is a unique chance to experience 3,500 years of history in the UK’s only city centre multi-period living history festival. Held in the historic heart of Peterborough and the Cathedral precincts, this weekend includes: Roman drill, medieval music, medieval jousting, falconry displays, viking battles and much more.

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Dig Deep For YAC!

Help Leicestershire’s young archaeologists raise money for the ‘Dig Deep for YAC!’ campaign.

On Saturday 27 June, 2015 Leicestershire Young Archaeologists’ Club are undertaking a sponsored walk at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire. As our members undertake the Bradgate ArchaeoQuest, they will enjoy a fun day out at the park which will see them walk the 7km circuit around this fantastic historical location. As part of the event the group will explore the park’s extensive history, undertaking fun archaeological challenges along the way to raise money for the ‘Dig Deep for YAC!’ campaign.


Bradgate Park

Why are we fundraising for the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC)?

 yac_logoYAC is the only nationwide organisation for young people interested in archaeology. Run as a network of more than 60 local clubs across the UK, every year it allows over 7,000 young people (aged 8-16) to get their hands mucky doing real archaeology. Our vision is for all young people to have opportunities to be inspired and excited by archaeology, and to empower them to help shape its future.

Raising funds is critical to our success but like many organisations and charities we are facing a challenging financial future. Until recently, YAC received statutory funding but sadly this is no longer the case. Inevitably, this has had a major impact on the organisation’s finances. To keep YAC running and to help support the 600 volunteers who give up their time to make the local YAC branches work, we are seeking to raise £45,000 nationally this year, and the Leicestershire YAC branch aims to do its bit to contribute.

We believe YAC offers a fantastic range of opportunities and every penny raised will help young people across the UK realise their potential through archaeology, so please ‘Dig Deep for YAC!’ and donate now.


Leicestershire Young Archaeologists’ Club recording monuments in Martinshaw Wood with thr Charnwood Roots Project

How can I donate?

There are a number of ways you can sponsor our members taking part in this challenge. The easiest way is to donate online through our JustGiving page at Alternately, you can sponsor one of our members using this sponsorship form:

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If you would like to learn more about YAC UK please visit our website If you would like to learn more about the Leicestershire branch please explore the rest of this website or find us on twitter @LeicesterYAC.

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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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