The Dig Bromsgrove community excavation

Between the 9th and 20th of July 2013, the Dig Bromsgrove community archaeology project was undertaken on the site of the former market hall at the Hanover Street/St John's Street car park in Bromsgrove (NGR SO 95797061; WSM 49636) between St John's Church and the Spadesbourne Brook, just to the south-west of the main high street of the town.

A single trench (10.30 x 7.5m, covering an area of 77.25m²) accommodated up to twelve volunteers per day working on the excavation, which was co-ordinated by Worcestershire Archaeology. The team extensively catalogued the project and their blog is archived here.

The volunteers received training and guidance from professional staff in a variety of archaeological techniques and, despite the energy-sapping heat (up to 30ºC) throughout the project, good progress was made in uncovering and recording the archaeology encountered. This comprised the foundation remains and back-yards of former tenements that had previously existed along St John's Street until their demolition and clearance in the 1950s.

The local advert

Planning THI Dig Bromsgrove Poster

Read the results

Here is a summary of the work as well as the final report:

  1. Dig Bromsgrove - Interim Statement of Results
  2. Dig Bromsgrove - Final Report

More information

The Worcestershire Archaeology Dig Bromsgrove team ran a blog and website during the project. Read it here for a wealth of extra info.