Discovering history of Grange Gardens

EASTBOURNE Museum Service is organising a summer archaeological excavation offering the chance to get hands on with history in the town centre.

The community excavation takes place at Grange Gardens from July 16-31 as part of the national CBA Festival of British Archaeology and is being run in partnership with Eastbourne Natural History and Archaeology Society (ENHAS) and supported by the BBC’s learning project Hands on History – Dig!

The town’s Museum Service is calling for volunteers to help discover the history of Grange Gardens for the first time with the site not thought to have been excavated before.

Those interested in volunteering for the excavation can find out more by emailing localhistory@eastbourne.gov.uk or calling 415396 but places are limited and budding archaeologists are encouraged to register their interest early.

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Museum Officer for Eastbourne Borough Council Jo Seaman, who is organising the event, said “This sort of project is so important to me as I believe that actually getting your hands dirty and getting involved with your local heritage can create a much better understanding and appreciation of the environment that surrounds you and the past that went before us.”

Although Grange Gardens is private property with no public access, permission has been granted for it to be open most days between 11am and 1pm and 2pm-4pm during the excavation period for guided tours and a chance to find out what has been discovered.

The Eastbourne Museum Service will also be working with local schools to organise visits to the site and the chance for children to have a go at real archaeological detective work.

For more information and to find out about volunteering call 415396.