Bring History to Life - Help dig out the past with Carlisle Cricket Club

Bring History to Life - Help dig out the past with Carlisle Cricket Club

PRESS RELEASE FROM CARLISLE CRICKET CLUB: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE - WE NEED YOU!  HOW YOU CAN PLAY YOUR PART IN BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE IN CARLISLE?

VOLUNTEERS AND BUSINESS SPONSORS WANTED

Citizens of Carlisle - how would you like to play YOUR part in helping a team of archaeologists unearth some of the country’s most significant Roman remains?

Archaeologists from city-based Wardell-Armstrong are looking for volunteers and business sponsors to help excavate the site of a 4th Century Roman Bath House at Carlisle Cricket Club during a month long dig taking place this September.

In May, remains described as ‘Premier League’ were found on a site adjoining a proposed new, flood resistant pavilion at the cricket club.

It’s believed an elite, 1,000 strong Roman cavalry unit based at a large fort in Stanwix used the bath house. The find is thought to be so significant it could become a major tourist attraction in Carlisle.

Now, thanks to the generosity of local businessman, Fred Story, a four-week dig to discover exactly what lies beneath the ground will take place in September

And this is how you could be part of it. Volunteers for a variety of light and heavy tasks are being asked to register their interest via Carlisle Cricket Club’s website - http://www.carlislecricketclub.co.uk/the-dig/ Volunteering opportunities:
  • Heavy duties include - shovelling, barrowing, mattocking, hoeing and trowelling.
  • Light duties include - processing finds, metal detecting, catering and working as site guides
Those interested will be invited to an open day on Saturday September 2nd at Carlisle Cricket Club to discuss how they can help.

Business sponsors also sought Fred Story, Owner of Story Contracting and Story Homes, has helped kickstart this exciting project with a £20,000 donation.

Could your firm also help? Would you be prepared to donate to help save some remarkable history for future generations and put Carlisle even more firmly on the tourist trail? The project is still looking for:

* Business sponsors - We still need more donations to make this project work. If your business would like to get involved in this exciting local project then please get in touch.

* Supply of equipment - Could you lend or provide equipment to make sure the dig runs smoothly and on time? The project requires light tools such as shovels, hoes and trowels, but also mini-diggers and other heavier plant.

Let us know via the cricket club website - CLICK HERE FOR DIRECT LINK.

Ends. For further information, contact.

  1. Frank Giecco - lead archaeologist, Wardell Armstrong. 01228 550575. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Mark McAlindon - Carlisle Cricket Club - 07426 053821. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Mike Rayson - Carlisle Cricket Club - 07914 328562
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