Over the coming weeks, elmetarchaeology.co.uk will start archaeological work at Silverwood Camp.
Running from 14th – 27th April, the Newhall Training Camp project is a community archaeology project that intends to record the extent and form of the training area of the Barnsley Pals (13/14th (Service) Battalions, Yorkshire and Lancaster Regiment). This project will be in the form of geophysical survey alongside a landscape survey and a cleaning of a specific area of hut bases with the subsequent recording which will identify and locate any below ground remains and will engage the local community as volunteers in achieving that goal.
Elmet Archaeology said ‘we would like to invite anyone who has an interest in archaeology, local history and WWI to come and join us, whether that be learning skills or visiting to see the work progress. If you would like more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01709873053 or mobile 07840729014.’
More information about Elmet and the project can be found here elmetarchaeology.co.uk/communityprojects.html
This project is one of a number of projects happening this year, 100 years since the start of WWI. Last year, Barnsley Council announced that the new garden and fountains outside of Experience Barnsley Museum would be named Barnsley Pals CentenAry Square, in memory of those who served and passed. The war memorial is due to be cleaned later this year, and in September, the museum will hold the first of a series of annual exhibitions looking at the effect of World War I on Barnsley. This first exhibition will look at recruitment, the start of the war and also conscientious objectors. If you have a stories or object relating to these topics, feel free to contact curator Jemma Conway via email@example.com
Find out more about the museum at www.experience-barnsley.com