Record for 2012

Mercian roundshaft in spring

Mercian roundshaft in spring


This is a record of events that have taken place during the year. Future events can be found on the events page.

The accounts are a useful source of information for people who would like to know about our activities before they attend a particular event.

They have also proved to be particularly useful to university candidates, writing their personal statements, by providing a reference for an interest, beyond the limits of the curriculum, in their chosen subjects.



  Sunday, 30th September   September newsletter  
  Friday, 31st August   August newsletter  
  Thursday, 21st June   Creative Writing Day for Gifted and Talented students  
  Saturday, 10th March   "UP THEM FIELDS", and What was Found There  



Charlie Reeks receiving the Eric Morten Award

Charlie Reeks receiving the Eric Morten Award

September newsletter – 30th September 2012

Every year we hold a Friends' and Benefactors' Day, when we thank all those who have supported us during the past year. Benefactors help us in many ways: some financially; some by giving their time when they run courses for us; and others by giving us gifts that have ranged from items of Willow Pattern crockery and cushions for our tea tent, to ceramics and paintings that we can auction to raise funds for the Trust.

The Friends of The Blackden Trust raise money to buy us equipment. This year they bought us a digital projector and screen to help us show our work to local groups. They also give generously of their time: supervising school groups; looking after the participants at our courses; serving teas; and acting as guides when we run Conducted Tours. We are very grateful to all our supporters, so it gave the Trustees great pleasure to be able to thank them formally on the 1st September.

It is also the occasion when we present the Eric Morten Award for the student who has gained the most from the Trust and who has also given back the most. This year’s winner was Charlie Reeks. She came to four of our courses and returned many times to help with events during her two years as a 6th Former at The Grange School. Charlie is now studying Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University.

On 15th September we held an Open Day. Over ninety people came, some from considerable distances.

The official season ended on 29th with a course entitled, 'Who do you think you are?' run by Professor Richard Morris from Huddersfield University. Participants discovered how documents, oral history and objects give a fuller and more accurate picture of individuals in the past when looked at together than any of those sources do when studied on their own. 


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August newsletter – 31st August 2012

We ran an Open Conducted Tour on the 4th August, but the month was dominated by our Archaeological Training Excavation. The dig was directed by Dr Mark Roberts and Professor Richard Morris. Nine students from the Archaeological Institute at University College, London camped in the garden and five adults slept in The Old Medicine House and Toad Hall. Five Sixth Formers from local schools joined the team during the day to get a preview of what a degree in Archaeology would involve. No JCBs as in the Time Team; all four trenches were dug out by the students. A rude awakening for some! By the end of the fortnight, we had found the footings of the barn we were looking for, but the dating of the building will have to wait until all the finds have been processed.

On 25th August, we invited residents of Goostrey to visit the site to see what we had found. The most moving objects were domestic: clay marbles, a piece of slate scored with writing guides and a graphite pencil. Children have worked and played here for centuries. If we can date the objects we might be able to name the children.  


The footings of the barn emerge

The footings of the barn emerge

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