Posts Tagged With: Bradgate Park

Leicestershire YACs appear in Leicester Mercury video


Our recent trip to the University of Leicester’s excavations at Bradgate Park has recently featured in a short film about the excavation open day produced by the Leicester Mercury.

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LYAC visit the excavations in Bradgate Park

At the end of June, LYAC was given the fantastic opportunity to visit the University of Leicester’s new archaeological fieldschool in Bradgate Park. In its debut season, this is a major (5 year) student training and research excavation project focused on the upland landscape of Bradgate Park in Leicestershire.

The park is first documented in 1241 (as a deer park) and is known primarily as the location of one of the first unfortified brick-built aristocratic houses in England (c. 1520), which was later the birth place and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey: the ‘nine days queen’. However, recent excavations of a known late Upper Palaeolithic open site (c. 15,000 years old) situated atop the north spur of a gorge overlooking the River Lin has revealed an in situ stone tool assemblage consistent with Creswellian activity. This is one of only a few sites in the UK dated to this period and is thus of national and international significance.

This year, fieldwork has focused on a medieval moated site located to the west of Bradgate House (thought to be a park keeper’s lodge), a mysterious building in the courtyard of the House and one of the outbuildings to the south of the walled garden, possibly a stable block. To learn more about the project, check out their website or follow them on Facebook.

Richard Thomas, one of the co-directors of the project showed our young archaeologists around the site, explaining the key discoveries of the year and getting them to line up along the walls of the medieval and post-medieval buildings to show them how big the structures once were. Then we divided into four groups and rotated through a series of hands on archaeological activities, excavating in Trench 3 on the medieval moated site, site recording and planning, how to take readings with a dumpy level and finds processing. Check out the gallery of what we got up to below.

A big thanks to Richard and all the other project members who helped lead such a brilliant session, especially as they were also setting up for a very successful public open day.

We look forward to returning next year to learn all about Season 2.

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ArchaeoQuest 2015 a huge success!!!

Leicestershire Young Archaeologists “Dig Deep for YAC!” and raise £450.

Fantastic News!  We have finished collecting money raised by all our fantastic YAC’s who undertook the ArchaeoQuest challenge during our visit to Bradgate Park at the end of June and we are delighted to announce that we have smashed our target by raising just over £450!  This is a fantastic figure and we would like to send a huge thank you to all our YAC’s and supporters who have helped us to raise this amount.  The Just Giving page is still active if you know anyone else who would like to pledge money to further help “Dig Deep for YAC!”

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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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