5th October 2017
Students have been taking part in a week-long archaeological dig on land adjacent to the College thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
A group of pupils, from Years 7-10, wrote and submitted a bid for funding to support the work of the College’s extra-curricular Cambourne Archaeology Club and were awarded £50,000.
One student said: “We have been so excited about this project from the beginning but Mr Jenner kept reminding us that even with all of the work we put into the bid there was no guarantee that we would get the money.
“We were so excited when we found out the bid had been successful because it is such an ambitious project and it means lots of students at Cambourne getting to do something which most students wouldn’t ever get a chance to do.”
Now students from the 25-strong club have joined the excavation led by Oxford Archaeology East of an Iron Age/Romano-British site on land owned by Tom Pearson just behind the College.
They will also plan to open and curate a temporary museum at the College and work with the developers of Cambourne to construct an interactive map showing the wide range of significant archaeological finds that were buried beneath the settlement.
Cambourne Head of History Tim Jenner said: “I think one of the strengths of our bid was that the students really wanted to focus on the local community. As a new and growing town we thought it was important that residents of Cambourne were aware that they are living within the bounds of an important Iron Age settlement and that Cambourne is not really so new after all!
"We are really hoping to involve as many members of the community as possible in this exciting project.”
For more information contact the Head of History Tim Jenner on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/journeys-past-bedford-and-cambourne.