On Wednesday 23rd October Digability welcomed a WEA class from Chesterfield led by Matt Beresford. The group are hoping to devise their own project around Hurst House, the WEA centre in Chesterfield. Matt had heard about Digability and thought our groups could inspire the direction the Chesterfield project might take. We began the day by outlining some of the activities Digability students undertake such as field visits, experimental archaeology, survey, recording and where possible excavation. Students from the Sheffield, Rotherham and Catcliffe group were on hand to share their experiences. Sean from the Sheffield group gave a superb, witty and moving account of his experience ( to read it click the link above).
We also heard from the Chesterfield group about their project and some of the activities they had done including a survey of Derbyshire’s top 5 museums.
In the afternoon all the students mixed to undertake some graveyard recording in Attercliffe cemetery . All the students worked fantastically together and shared experiences as they worked. At the end of the day we together again discuss our findings. Why were there so many deaths in 1913? How did people choose the symbols on the graves? As usual research leads to many more questions.
The day was a great forum for swapping ideas and experiences of archaeology and we are looking forward to a return visit next year to see how the Chesterfield project is progressing.