Students have been getting a hands-on opportunity to uncover history in Old Clee, Grimsby – as part of a project funded by the University of Cambridge.
Twenty-nine Years 9 and 10 pupils from three schools, Ormiston Maritime Academy, Oasis Academy Wintringham and Caistor Yarborough Academy, are being guided by the university’s outreach unit, Access Cambridge Archaeology.
Funded by the University of Cambridge, one of ACA’s main aims is to raise aspirations of going into higher education by developing new skills and confidence and helping students make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them using archaeology.
For two days they have been based at Old Clee Church Hall and Emily Ryley, ACA administrator, said: “Access Cambridge Archaeology have been going for over 10 years.
“The Independent Learning Archaeology Field School (ILAFS) aims to give children experience of archaeology and encourage them to think of higher education.
“It gives them skills on how to write their research up and produce a report. They learn how it’s done and produced.”
From left, supporting the project are committee members from the North East Lincolnshire Archaeology and Local History Society Peter Allen and Marion Piggott, with Alison Dickens, head of ACA and right, Emily Ryley, ACA administrator.
ILAFS has been going since 2005 and aims to raise the aspirations, enthusiasm and attainment of 14-17 year-olds with regard to higher education by making a valuable contribution to current academic research at the University of Cambridge.
Alison Dickens, head of ACA said: “It’s really to get a taste of what being involved in higher education would be like, it’s widening participation.
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“Archaeology has so many different skills,” continued Emily.
“It’s history, geography, maths, mapping, how you interpret data, human behaviour and how to work together in an organised team and completing paperwork.
“It’s other ways of learning that are not in the classroom. They get involved with the local community. We are digging in people’s back gardens, we are producing a body of data for the local history group.”
Standing from left, Ormiston Maritime Academy pupils Leah Brambley and Shay Rafferty, with Alison Dickens, head of ACA and Cat Collins, archaeologist. Seated, OMA pupil Alicia Clarke, Emily Ryley ACA administrator and teacher Lisa Brittain.
Supporting the project are committee members from the North East Lincolnshire Archaeology and Local History Society. Member Peter Allen commented: “Old Clee is very important to us, the church goes back a thousand years. It’s mentioned in the Domesday book.
“We have found other stuff here. To do a linked up project with Cambridge University is great, we are supporting and helping them, out. What the children have dug out is encouraging for them.
“They are here to work but it’s important to have a bit of fun. It teaches them to work as a team.”