Southwell Community Archaeology Group and its partner Southwell Town Council have received £49,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Burgage Manor Revealed, in Southwell.

The two year project starting in May 2015 with the professional leadership of Trent & Peak Archaeology will make a significant contribution towards understanding how this intriguing part of the town was occupied in the past.

This practical archaeology project focuses on the Burgage Green in Southwell and the site of a lost medieval chapel. It includes detailed surveying, trench and other excavation work as well as finds processing all under professional guidance. Exciting opportunities exist for members of the community to be involved with no experience necessary. A core theme is the practical engagement of Years 5 and 6 from Lowe's Wong Junior School, members of Reach a group for young adults with Learning Disabilities and members of the Southwell and Newark Young Archaeologists Club. A bursary for two archaeology students from the University of Nottingham is also provided for.

During the excavation period of 4 weeks from the 13th July – 7th August in the first year will give plenty of opportunity for the wider community to come and see what's going on and what's been found. Throughout the project there will be regular events to keep the community informed as well as posts on the group's web site and in social media. A focal point towards the project end will be a public celebration on the Burgage bringing together the community with music, food, and entertainment from the historical periods discovered.

Commenting on the award, John Lock chairman of the group said: "We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. An enormous amount of effort has gone into developing this project which brings together different parts of our community to learn new skills and have a 'hands on' understanding of a part of our heritage as it is revealed".

The project launch will be held on Saturday 18th April from 10am to 12noon at The Old Court House, Burgage Green, Southwell.

For more information and how to be part of this exciting local community project please see the Burgage Manor Revealed pages on the group's website www.southwellarchaeology.org.uk