September – October 2018: Hope Taylor Archive Project

Members of local groups are invited to join an important project to help sort the finds from Brian Hope Taylor’s excavations at Old Windsor in the 1950s.  These finds are currently stored by Reading Museum in their store in south Reading.  Funding from Historic England has been agreed to support work with volunteers in September and October supervised by staff from Wessex Archaeology and led by Lorraine Mepham, a senior archaeologist.  
Lorraine expects the finds work to take around 10 working days to complete on the basis of up to eight volunteers per day, comprising two three-hour sessions (morning and afternoon). Volunteers will be able to sign up for as many or as few sessions as they wish, but she would like everybody who is interested to be able to ‘have a go’.
The attached document explains the project, how it will work and how volunteers will benefit, including experience with different types of finds and the opportunity to take part in workshops on pottery and human bone.  
Although the dates are not yet finalised expressions of interest will be welcome.  Roland Smith of Berkshire Archaeology is co-ordinating volunteers and his address is in the attached document.  Please let Roland know of your interest even if you are not sure of your availablilty at this stage.
This is an opportunity for you to undertake some practical arcaheology without getting down on your knees!  Do consider volunteering even if for just a few sessions.
Image: 11th century sword guard held in Reading Museum