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GMAF Newsletter 2018 Archaeology Festival edition

IMAG0606aAfter the success of the first Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival in 2017, the decision was taken by the Federation to hold another in 2018, working as before with the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the University of Salford. The Festival ran from Thursday, 21st June to Sunday, 24th June 2018 and aims to increase access, encourage the exploration, and celebrate the archaeology of Greater Manchester. Thus, there were 17 free events to choose from across Greater Manchester and nearly every member of the Federation taking part. This newsletter covers reports on all of those events, from digs to talk via workshops and exhibitions. Around 300 people attended and the feedback from societies and participants was very positive, so we now have to think of new ideas fro the third festival in June 2019.

Dr Mike Nevell, University of Salford

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 Federation members

The following groups are members of the Federation:

Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society, Bury Archaeological Group, Cheadle & Gatley U3A, Glossop and Longdendale Archaeological Society, Historic Grafitti Project, Holcombe Moor Heritage Group, Littleborough Historical and Archaeological Society, Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society, Mellor Archaeological Trust, Middleton Archaeological Society, Moston Archaeology Group, Peel Tower Research Group, Prestwich Heritage Society, Royton Lives Through the Ages, Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts, Salford Archaeology & Local History Society, South Manchester Archaeological Research Team, South Trafford Archaeological Group, Tameside Archaeological Society, Wigan Archaeological Society, Wilmslow Community Archaeology

Fact and Fun Day 2018

Tod F F 2018Sunday September 9th 2018, 11am to 5pm

Facts and Fun
at the Roman Lakes & Mellor Mill
Lakes Road, Marple, SK6 7HB

A fundraising event for Mellor Archaeological Trust
Friends of Our Valley

Live music: bands and soloists - Local Produce - Rural crafts - Pop-Up Museum - Beer tent - Food stall - Heritage Talks - Willow Waving - Face Painting - and much, much more 

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Entry by programme
Available at entrance
 Only £3, under 16’s free

Traditional Entertainment and all the fun of the fair!

Meccano Mill

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John Glithero brought his model of Mellor Mill down to show the volunteers. It demonstrates how water power and steam engines powered the machinery. Chicken drumsticks served, too.

Bob Humphrey-Taylor

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STORM Gathers in Mellor!

Storm Sensor Rom LakSTORM Gathers in Mellor!

Mellor Archaeological Trust (MAT) is the lead organisation in the UK involved in a Europe wide initiative to reduce the impact of climate change, natural hazards and human actions on heritage. The project, called STORM (Safeguarding Cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management), involves the use of predictive models and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis to predict environmental changes and to reveal the threats and conditions that may damage our cultural heritage sites. The budget for the project is 7.2 million Euros. It brings together partners from Italy, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

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Lancashire Textile Mill Museums Culled

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The steam engine at Queen Street Mill museum, Burnley. This is the only working steam-powered weaving mill left in Europe. Its a site of inter-national importance and a Grade 1 listed building. Lancashire County Council are proposing to close it from April 2016

As part of a proposed budget Lancashire County Council are planning the closure of five museums in the county, from April 1st 2016. The money saved by the proposed closure is part of planned saving of £65m by the authority of the next two years. The council’s budget also proposes axing the Heritage and Arts Service, which promotes museum and library collections, from April 2016, and the Lancashire Historic Environment Service. This will leave the county without any controls over archaeology threatened by development, just as happened in Liverpool between 2011 and 2014. Archaeology is a non-renewable resource. If this proposal goes ahead archaeological sites will be lost without any record and artefacts destroyed.

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