Wednesday 7th September

It was another blustery day on site with sunshine and showers. Everyone’s been working really hard and we’re now getting down to some proper archaeology. The tarmac around the Lake is getting clearer and clearer. Lots more finds too with plenty of glass and pottery as well as some coins and other metal objects. Siân and Mel were away in the morning presenting a lecture on the project at a conference focusing on cities at the University of Manchester (Framing the City). We also had a visit from Dr Nick Merriman, the Director of Manchester Museum, and featured on Radio Manchester! 

Find of the Day: One of our volunteers Patricia, found a Coronation Medallion dating to 1902 celebrating the coronation of Edward VII, seen here with Siân. This is particularly exciting because it provides a connection with the statue of Edward the VII, which stands in Whitworth Park facing out onto Oxford Road. Did someone lose it during a ceremony to celebrate the coronation in the Park? Or were medallions given out in the Park, perhaps to children?

(Sian holding the Edward VII Coronation medallion, by Pope. On one side it shows the profiles of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in a raised border. On the other side there is Radiate crown above CORONATION 1902 framed by branches of laurel.)


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