The Notice Board: For Volunteers

Past in Mind Archaeological Excavation Project

Volunteer Joining Instructions

Practical details

Please note that the digging aspects of the work will obviously include a degree of physical labour, but the project is not an endurance test (!), and you will be able to take your own time, and participate as you feel able.  Other tasks – such as recording, drawing, finds recording and cleaning – also give a range of less physical (but extremely important) opportunities to get involved in the project.

It should also be noted that The Studmarsh/Grove site is in a remote location on the eastern edge of the Brockhampton Estate (adjacent to Bringsty Common). It is in an area of pasture grazed by cattle, and is spread over about 5 acres across a small valley with boggy areas and rough ground.  Accessing the excavation areas will involve walking over this terrain and we will be working outdoors in a countryside context with no formal facilities on or close to the site.

Working day: The working day will be 9.00 am to 4.30 pm with tea, coffee and lunch break (and, obviously, participants will be free to take a break at other times if they feel the need)

Facilities: Male and Female Portaloos will be available immediately adjacent to the site, and there will be a communal tent to give cover in the event of bad weather, and to provide a retreat for lunchtimes etc.

Health and Safety:  A full Risk Assessment has been completed for the project, and participants will receive a copy of the assessment and be fully briefed on Health and Safety provisions and responsibilities (and will be required to comply with identified health and safety procedures).  A First Aider (Chris Atkinson) will be present on site, a First Aid Kit will be provided and identified, a vehicle will be near to the site at all times, and site staff will have operable mobile ‘phones. 

What you will need

  • Outdoor clothing/stout footwear  (walking boots, warm clothing, waterproofs, all essential to comply with identified Health and Safety arrangements). Please bring a kneeing mat (a garden one is good) or similar)
  • Packed lunch and drink for the day

Joining the project

You are potentially welcome to come along for one or more days, but we need to know in advance who is planning to attend on any given day. To book please contact Jenny McMillan (Past in Mind Manager): jenny.mcmillan@herefordshire-mind.org.uk, tel 07812370553.Our blog   https://pastinmindproject.wordpress.com/

Travel to the site and parking

Minibus transport from Hereford and Leominster:  Minibus transport from Hereford (Heffernan House, Widemarsh Street) and Leominster (Coop/bus- station carpark) will be available on some days during the project. Please contact Jenny McMillan (contact details above) to confirm the availability of this service and to book a place. 

Making your own way: Parking on site is restricted and conditions are not suitable for ordinary cars with muddy/boggy areas and the presence of cattle. Participants making their own way should therefore park in the layby immediately off the A44 next to the ‘Live and Let Live’ pub sign on Bringsty Common and take a 10 minute walk to the site from there (see attached maps for detailed parking/site location information).  Please arrive on site by 9.00 am.