Celebration Event 28th March 2018 re Bishop Meadow Dig

On Wednesday 28th of March we held the thank-you evening to celebrate the Bishops Meadow Dig
This was simply an event to thank all those who took part in the dig itself, pre-planning, post excavation processing in fact everyone involved whether professional or volunteers.
The evening went extremely well there was lots of food kindly supplied by the National Lottery Fund and conversations regarding the dig I hope everyone enjoyed the evening as much as I did.
After the celebration event we carried on with our normal monthly meeting where we were given an excellent talk by Catherine Wilson on the Lincolnshire explorer John Franklin of Spilsby.
We were also pleased that the new projector was in use I knew that it would be better than the one I loan the Group but I was really pleased with the quality of the picture.

Monthly Update


the next meeting will be

Wednesday 28th March

“John Franklin of Spilsby” – Catherine Wilson

Catherine is a nationally known historian and archaeologist and wrote “The man who ate his boots” on Franklin.

please note that we are combining this talk with the event to celebrate the completion of the Bishops Meadow dig. This being a way of saying thank you to all those who contributed

We will be starting early at 19:00 there will be lite refreshments followed by Catherine’s talk


Unfortunately the talk on Wednesday 28th February 2018,“The Usher Gallery, – Celebrating 90 years” – Dawn Heywood  had to be cancelled due to the very inclement weather we hope to arranger this talk for a later date


Please keep coming back for more updated details.

Stewart Kerrison NHA


Community Dig Celebration Event – 25th March 2017

Part of the display of finds from the dig.

The Nettleham Heritage Association invited everyone to their celebration event for the Bishops Meadow Community Dig. It took place in the Nettleham Hub and library on Saturday 25th March 2017 and ran between 1.00pm and 4.00pm. There was a small display of the finds, during the event we had a video of the dig itself running continually. The many visitors showed great interest and knowledge asking many pertinent questions

Cola was busy showing us all how to make butter in the traditional way. I must admit it tasted great. Whilst Avril, assisted by Cola, demonstrated their weaving skills

Below we have close-ups of some of the files on display

Roman Coin
wire Hawser with Eyelet
Clay Pipe Stems
Bone Needle
Ferrous Spike
Horseshoe Fiddle Key Nail

Plus of course the mandatory tea and cake which goes along with everything archaeological.

Finally let us not forget none of this could have been done without the

Heritage Lottery Fund

thank you so much


Digging ends but great time had by all.

With the excavation phase of the project now finished, we are delighted to report that the dig was an amazing success. We had an excellent turn out from the local residents and the every single pupil from Nettleham Junior school visited site and got to experience archaeology first hand. We also had many visitors to site including:- Nettleham Scouts, a local special needs day centre, two of the local walking groups, the U3A architecture group and the County Archaeologist.
We have gathered together some of the many pictures that we took over the two weeks and made a small gallery which you can view by clicking the link below!


The dig gets underway.

The first couple of days have passed us by really quickly and we’ve had a huge amount of interest already.
We’ve had lots of visits from the children of Nettleham Primary School (with more to come) and plenty of engagement with a number of local walking groups and visitors to the Bishops Palace site. It been great to be able to talk to many of the visitors about the heritage and history of the site and we’ve even had some of them join us for a go.

Archaeological drawing.
Finds washing.
A first go at some proper digging.
Using the sieves.

Don’t let us all forget the dig has only been made possible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund