Tuesday 13th September

Today is the visit day for our final school which is also the nearest to the site: the Manchester Academy. We were particularly excited about working with these classes as we have visited the school for a poetry and history workshop prior to their site visit, and had got to know quite a few of the staff and students. They began with a site tour, and then split into two groups: one excavating over the lake deposits, the other processing the finds from the rest of the excavation. They swapped activities after lunch, and finished with a workshop analysing the sculptures in Whitworth Park, run by our Project Assistant, Ruth Colton, and kindly hosted by the Whitworth Art Gallery. It was a successful and enjoyable day, with some marvellous discoveries: a large lump of glass (perhaps from a crucible or glass making process), a tiny pink bead from a necklace or bracelet, a fine white fragment of a china or porcelain teacup, a length of graphite (perhaps from an artist’s pencil?), as well as tiles, slate and brick. We enjoyed their enthusiasm, their astute questions and their ability to work patiently and diligently: a few of them proved to be very good archaeologists… carefully cleaning around a bottle base and set of bricks, to reveal a small deposit of materials. Here are some photos of the day, and quotes from the students and staff…

 

Manchester Academy students on site: ‘We were given the independence to do our own work, and when we found things, we felt incredibly proud”

“Awesome” “Interesting” “Intriguing” “Educational” “Factual”

“I was really happy I was picked to come on the dig”

“I was enthusiastic about finding objects” “Excited to be actually digging!

“I want to do it again!” “We learned about working in a team”

“We learned how to get along with adults”

And from their History teacher, Sarah Easby:

“It was almost as if they were competing with each other to find things… a real challenge they enjoyed.”

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