BBC Radio Orkney, Castle Street, Kirkwall, Orkney
The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute are teaming up with Scotland’s Urban Past to bring an archaeology extravaganza to Kirkwall Town Centre. To increase our knowledge of the rich heritage present in Kirkwall, the two organisations will support local residents as they dig six test trenches in their gardens and get hands on with history in data gathering workshops for local volunteers.
Local archaeology volunteers will be trained to investigate and record Kirkwall’s history as Urban Detective by Scotland’s Urban Past - a nationwide community engagement project from Historic Environment Scotland and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The scheme invites local people to contribute to Canmore, the national record of architecture, archaeology and industry and one of Scotland’s national collections.
Participants will learn how to recognise and identify architectural features and to record them for posterity and submit their findings for inclusion in Canmore.
The Kirkwall Garden Dig project is part of the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative Archaeology Programme ‘Discover Hidden Kirkwall’.
While most of the garden digs themselves will be on private land and inaccessible to the public, Kirkwall’s residents and visitors are invited to see an archaeology dig in action at the BBC Radio Orkney Garden. This excavation will be open to the public from 9.30am to 5.00pm on Thurday 4 August to Monday 8 August 2016.
Free drop-in training sessions for Urban Detective volunteers will run from 10.00am to 12.00pm on Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August at BBC Radio Orkney.