Eastbourne dig for hidden history

The first ever archaeological excavation of Grange Gardens in Eastbourne, opened by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, invites visitors to take part and take daily guided tours to dicover the town’s history.

The first ever archaeological excavation of Grange Gardens in Eastbourne was visited by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire on Friday 15th 2011.
Eastbourne’s first community excavation has drummed up over 50 volunteers to take part. The project is led by Eastbourne Museum Services and supported by the BBC’s learning project ‘Hand on History – Dig!’

Visitors are invited to come along to the gardens, situated close to Eastbourne town centre and watch the excavation. Daily guided tours will be held between 10-12pm and 2-4pm for a chance to find out what has been discovered.

The event will run for two weeks, from 16th– 31st July and on the 26th,historic crafts demonstrations will take place for the community to watch
traditional crafts in action.
Jo Seaman, who is organising the event, said “We are extremely grateful to the Duke of Devonshire, the Trustees of the Compton Estate and the residents living near the Gardens for supporting us and allowing us to investigate this site. As this has been a private garden for over 100 years, the area has been relatively undisturbed so we should be able to learn a great deal about the early history of this part of the town. I’m extremely pleased that the excavation has had such a great reaction from the local community and excited that there are so many who will be getting their hands dirty to discover the heritage of our town.”

To catch a glimpse of history being unearthed head to Grange Gardens entrance on Grassington Road, open most days of the week.


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