Recording the Bay: Archaeological Excavation and Training at Jenny Brown's Point

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 9:00 to Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:00

Recording the Bay: Archaeological Excavation and Training at Jenny Brown's Point

What: Archaeological excavation - no experience needed, full training provided

When: 8-14 November

Where: Jenny Brown's Point, Silverdale

Booking: Essential, free - BOOK NOW

Join a team of archaeologists from Morecambe Bay Partnership and national coastal archaeology project CITiZAN as we excavate three trenches near to the site of the iconic chimney located on the shore near to Jenny Brown's Point - a well known landmark of Morecambe Bay.


Over the last three years Morecambe Bay Partnership and a team of dedicated volunteers have been exploring and recording the chimney at Jenny Brown’s Point, near Silverdale.

The chimney is thought to date to the late 18th century and whilst it is usually referred to a copper smelter other uses have been proposed including a pump house for a mine, a beacon to guide ships and even a limekiln.

Despite undertaking extensive of documentary research and inspecting the site in detail, many questions about the site remain unanswered. Now an archaeological excavation will be undertaken to try and help unravel the mysteries, whilst training volunteers in archaeological excavation and recording techniques.

Excavation details

During the excavation you will help the team peel back the layers of soil concealing building foundations and explore what is buried beneath the ground.

  • Training: Full training will be provided on approaches to archaeological excavation, and how to record the results (through written, drawn and photographic records) and finds processing and analysis.

  • Experience: No previous experience or equipment is necessary as full training and all equipment will be provided.

  • Access: Participants will need a certain level of agility to take part in the excavation (access to the site is also via a walk along rough terrain/the shore).There are plenty of other ways to get involved if digging is not suitable for your agility (please contact us to find out more).


There are limited free places each day - please book here.

It would be preferable for people to book for a minimum of 2 days. We will also need a small team on Tuesday 7th November and Wednesday 15th to help with project set up/packing away. Please contact us  if you can help on one of these days.

Other information

Please note that special permission has been granted by the landowners to undertake this excavation and the team will only be on site at safe times in the day (to accommodate the tides). If you wish to visit the team during the excavation please contact us or call 07760881581 to check when we will be on site.


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The Evolution of the Lancaster Port Commission

Far from being just part of Lancaster’s history, the Port of Lancaster is alive and well, and currently residing in Glasson Dock.

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:00 to 12:00
Silloth West Beach Clean

Come and help volunteers protect this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from debris such as bottles, cans, fishing line, nylon ropes, cigarette lighters, celebration balloons, shoes and many other things.  You name it – you’ll find it and Cumbria

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 10:00 to 16:00
Heritage Skills Day - Learning to Record Oral History

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