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Tuesday Time Team

From the outset, we have built inclusivity into our programme.  Elsewhere on this site, our commitment to working with children is clearly demonstrated by the opportunities for children to get involved.  A key element of our Lottery funding is to involve the local community in and have responsibility for their local heritage.

In order to be truly inclusive we were keen to include disadvantaged members of the community and to that end, a search was started to make contact with local disability groups which initially met with little success. However, a chance meeting between Martin Waterhouse of the  Monday Club and Dr Jon Kenny at a show at Driffield in 2012 was  followed up by Brian Elsey attending a meeting of the Monday Club in Selby to find a thriving and successful group of at least 50 people with learning and other issues run superbly by Martin.

The upshot was an education programme ‘An introduction to Archaeology’, funded by the Workers Education Authority, provided by Dr Kenny and supported by Archaeology North Duffield. A series of presentations, visits to historical and archaeological sites and  observational exercises in Selby was enjoyed by members of the group. The programme, consisting of two hourly sessions  over 10 weeks on  Tuesdays  and second of a shorter duration has been named by the participants as the Tuesday Time Team. They now have their own  dedicated blog on the Digability website of the WEA and Team baseball caps.

The first section of 2 hour sessions finishes on 16 July 2013. The new course will re-start the following Tuesday by them visiting and taking part in the  AND ‘live’ dig advertised elsewhere on this site . They will be exposed to real archaeological excavation techniques and will later have the opportunity to conduct some daubing of the roundhouse by their special request!!

Another project to offer opportunities to injured members of HM Forces to take part in archaeology has met with a few difficulties but two visits to Catterick Army Base to speak with representatives of Help For Heroes may yet see some progress.

The Education Pack so ably created by Tony Stevens has been offered to North Yorkshire Council for dissemination amongst County Primary Schools and a list of recipients is awaited from the Council.

Meantime, AND members, Brian Elsey and Tony Stevens together with  Jon Kenny have visited Chapel  Haddlesey Community Primary School where two test pits were excavated by the children with great excitement. Despite little of archaeological interest being found, we have been invited back next year.                            

We are finding that all these initiatives are very rewarding both for the participants as well as the providers.

Some of the Tuesday Time Team loose in Selby

Ready to Dig!

Medieval Dress