During the excavation, we were contacted by Manchester Academy’s Deaf Class, whose classroom overlooks the park. The students were very interested in the excavation but were unable to organise a field visit, so after the end of the dig, we took an archaeology workshop to them. We started with maps and postcard images of the Park, and discussed changes over time in its appearance and use. We then had a ‘hands-on’ workshop, using some of the best finds from the excavation, and the students asked questions about the broader archaeological remains we had uncovered. It was a fascinating and rewarding workshop with a talented group of students. (And it was quite popular with staff too)! We very much hope to involve this class in the fieldwork next year, and saw a rather different side of the curriculum and innovative teaching methods at the Manchester Academy, from which we have much to learn!
Dr Melanie Giles with some of the finds used in the workshop.