At this year’s Festival of Archaeology open day in Gisborough Priory Woodland Gardens, visitors can help uncover stones hidden in the undergrowth for many years.
On Sunday 14 July, from 11am to 3.30pm, volunteers from Gisborough Priory Project will be working to uncover a pile of old stones in Gisborough Priory Woodland Gardens that are believed to come from the priory. Visitors are welcome to join in and help to clean and record the stones alongside the volunteers.
There are already hundreds of decorated stones from the priory lying in the gardens. These stones have been recorded, with help from English Heritage, and volunteers will be on hand to tell visitors all about how they fitted into the great buildings of the medieval priory. On the open day other stones will be cleaned and studied, adding further detail to the story of the priory.
Younger visitors can help with the archaeology. Alternatively they can search for the stone faces and masons’ marks as well as trying the free children’s activity on offer.
Visitors may like to bring their own picnic or sample the homemade cakes and tea which will be served by the volunteers. The gardens have a number of shady picnic benches as well as a small play area for younger visitors to explore.
Entrance to this event is free. Visitors must come in through the Gisborough Priory gate on Church Street next to St Nicholas’ Church.
This open day is part of the 2013 Festival of Archaeology which is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology and offers over 1,000 events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists.
Gisborough Priory Project volunteer, Carol Robinson, said, “Come and help us uncover our pile of old stones. We will show you what to do and what to look for – and you never know what you might find!.”