Layers of History

Recording finds from a field survey

Have you ever passed strange lumps and bumps in fields, walked down green lanes alongside ancient hedgerows, wondered what sort of ancient tree your path avoids or spotted abandoned military buildings?

Heritage Lincolnshire want to give everyone the opportunity to discover, understand and investigate Lincolnshire's historic landscapes. Layers of History is a 3-year project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, that will enable you to explore the historic landscapes that hold so many clues to the unique history of Lincolnshire.
Over the next three years they'll be showing volunteers how to study and research the landscape using archaeological surveying techniques and research tools, online courses and local workshops. There will be three themes; military sites, parks and gardens and medieval settlements.

Whether you want to get stuck in with earthwork surveys, carry out research in Lincolnshire archives, undertake a graveyard or hedgerow survey or learn how to paint a historic landscape, there will be something for everyone.

Many of the learning days will take place in the Wolds, hosted by Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service in Louth. There will also be major projects taking place at Brackenborough, Binbrook and Hainton.

Why Not Volunteer in the Project?

As a volunteer, you'll discover the fascinating stories behind the historic landscapes of the Wolds and help others to appreciate their context and meaning, the collective contribution they make to the overall character of the landscape and the loss that will be incurred if they're not safeguarded for the future. 

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Experts at Heritage Lincolnshire will show you how to ‘read' the landscape, work with you to ‘peel back' the layers to reveal the secrets of the past, and use innovative digital technologies to bring Lincolnshire's past landscapes back to life.
You'll get 'hands on', carrying out non-destructive archaeological surveys and undertaking research of selected historic sites in the county and findings will be used to produce a series of innovative digital reconstructions. The study site findings will also enrich our current knowledge about Lincolnshire's historic environment and will be incorporated into the county Historic Environment Record.

You will:
• Learn new skills
• Learn about and increase your awareness of the historic environment, and consequently value it more highly
• Meet and interact with people, both through social activities and through the wider project activities
• Be involved in new and existing community research groups that will be trained and equipped to continue their research beyond the end of the project
For more information call Heritage Lincolnshire on (01529) 461499 or use their website:



















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