Minister of Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP praises a Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) member for his involvement in a local campaign to protect the archaeology of Didcot.
6-year-old Jamie Waggott from Didcot in Oxfordshire is part of the group 'Save Our Sites: Didcot Archaeology' that are campaigning to share the archaeological stories of his home town. Archaeological excavations undertaken before recent housing developments have unearthed a fascinating array of archaeology from prehistory through to the Roman period. Now Jamie and other local people want to see an archaeology trail created to tell these stories.
Jamie’s campaign featured in the Summer issue of YAC’s magazine Young Archaeologist, which is out now. He explained how he thought that more people should know about the archaeology and that other children could learn about history from what had been found. The campaigners suggest that a ‘9,000 Years of History Trail’ should be included in the plans for the new houses, and their petition now has around 1,160 signatures.
This campaign is an example of how Archaeology Matters which is a core message of the CBA and part of our work through projects such as the Local Heritage Engagement Network (LHEN) to support local groups across the UK in looking after and protecting the historic environment on their doorsteps. To find out how to speak up for sites in your area and to join the LHEN contact the Local Heritage Coordinator Tegwen Roberts.
There are plenty of ways you can get involved with archaeology this summer! The annual Festival of Archaeology runs betwee 12 and 27 July and is the world’s largest celebration of archaeology, featuring hundreds of family-friendly hands-on events at venues across the country. Find events near you!