Heritage Open Day and Call for Volunteers

02 November 2013

Heritage Open Day on Saturday 2nd November in the conference room of the Attenborough Nature Centre.

The Attenborough and Erewash Heritage Explorers

Did you know:

  • that around 200,000 years ago mammoths and woolly rhinos roamed what is now the Attenborough Nature Reserve?
  • that around 3000 years ago people threw precious objects like bronze daggers and swords into the river Erewash – maybe as an offering to the gods?
  • that around 1400 years ago Anglo-Saxon villagers kept their livestock and tended their crops here?

Piecing together the jigsaw

There is so much we still don't know about the long and rich history of Attenborough and the Erewash valley. By joining our exiting new volunteers group, the A & E Heritage Explorers, you can help us piece together the missing pieces of the jigsaw. Co-ordinated by Trent & Peak Archaeology in partnership with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the group will offer the chance take part in a range of activities, acquire new skills and formulate your own research ideas. You don't need to have any prior knowledge or experience, as professional archaeologists will be on hand to guide you through the multitude of techniques we use to de-code the mysteries of the past.

Like to know more?

If you'd like to learn about how you can get involved, or simply have a look at some of the ancient objects that have been found in and around the Attenborough reserve, please come along to our Heritage Open Day on Saturday 2nd November in the conference room of the Attenborough Nature Centre:

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 'De-coding the Past': Short presentation by Trent & Peak Archaeology

explaining the nature of archaeological research, possibilities for Attenborough, and information about joining the group. Followed by light refreshments.

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Display open to the public

Entry is free, no need to book.

If you cannot make the open day but are interested in joining the A & E Heritage Explorers, please contact Genevieve Carver at Trent & Peak Archaeology, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), telephone 0115 896 7400

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