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Community Archaeology Dig

This October we are planning to undertake a three week Community Archaeology Dig. With evidence that the ancient site of Fulham Palace has been used for 11,000 years, just imagine what might be found underground!

Our three week excavation is planned to take place between 9 and 29 October 2017.  Two trenches will be dug west of the entrance to our Tudor Courtyard.  It is hoped that the remains of the long lost Tudor dovecote and the earlier medieval manor house will be discovered.  With previous digs uncovering evidence of the site being occupied during the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon periods, this excavation will reveal even more secrets of the Palace’s history.

The dig is being led by our Community Archaeologist, Alexis Haslam.  Alexis, working alongside  professional archaeologists, will carry out the dig with the help of a team of 30 volunteers and students keen to learn about archaeology and the techniques involved in digging and recording a site. Through a series of workshops, the volunteers will be trained to a professional standard in digging, drawing plans and sections, cleaning and archiving finds, and more.

A series of public events and open days are planned throughout the project.  Members of the public, families, uniform groups and schools will be able to get hands-on with this archaeology dig, and learn more about archaeology and the fascinating history being discovered at Fulham Palace, which was first designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1987.

“This is a really unusual project.  While many digs happen in London, they are rarely open to the public and on a site of such national importance. I’m hugely excited that we’ll be able to share our discoveries in real time, and show people what we’re finding right beneath their feet.” – Alexis Haslam, Fulham Palace Community Archaeologist


Dig the History!

To help fund the dig, we have launched our first crowdfunding campaign to raise £15,000 between 1 and 30 September 2017.

Donatons will help ensure the dig goes ahead as planned and has a real, lasting impact.  We want as many people as possible to get hands-on with this project, from visitors and volunteers to families and school groups.  This is a rare opportunity to get involved with an actual archaeology dig on a site of national significance.

The money raised will be used to buy tools and materials, health and safety equipment, specialist training from professional archaeologists and resources for learning activities and public events.

Donate between £10 and £1,000 and get your hands on one of our exciting rewards, which include a Fulham Palace tote bag, an aerial photograph of the Palace site and a one-on-one digging session with our Community Archaeologist.

Click here to donate and secure you reward before the end of the campaign at 11am on Saturday, 30 September 2017.

This Community Archaeology Dig is an integral part of our £3.8 million restoration project, Discovering the Bishop of London’s Palace at Fulham.  The restoration is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, who has awarded the Fulham Palace Trust just under £2 million.

Thanks to the generous support of a number of trusts, foundations and individuals, the Trust is now only £245,000 away from raising all of the match funding needed for the project to go ahead as planned. The donations raised through this crowdfunding campaign will help the Trust get even closer to that goal.

Hear more from Alexis about the dig:


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