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9.00am - 5.00pm


12.00pm - 3.00pm

Get digging! Your chance to get involved in the Cathedral's big archaeological excavation

Thursday 31 March

In June, a community dig will take place in a former garden in the north-west part of the Cathedral Precincts and you can get involved!

The dig will culminate in Peterborough Heritage Festival on 1st - 3rd July, when the trenches and any finds will be on view.

The Cathedral is offering this exciting opportunity for volunteers of all ages and abilities to work with the professional archaeologists of Access Cambridge Archaeology, as well as the Cathedral’s own archaeologist Dr Jackie Hall.  The volunteers will have the chance to excavate and record features and will also be sieving, washing finds and metal detecting.

The archaeological dig will take place in six trenches in the Garden House area in the north-west part of the Cathedral Precincts and will be spread out over the course of two weeks.

We are recruiting volunteers from Peterborough and the surrounding areas as a priority to be given this free opportunity to take part and we would ask that volunteers can commit to a minimum of three days. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The excavation will provide around 40 people with the chance to engage with local heritage, meet new people, try something different and have fun!

Heritage Lottery Fund logoThis project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is part of Peterborough 900, the campaign to increase access to the Cathedral in the years leading up to its 900th anniversary in 2018.

If you would like to take part in the excavation or to find out more information please contact Access Cambridge Archaeology direct by email on or phone 01223 761519.