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Understanding Our Past: Exploring the Hidden History of Meldreth


Meldreth Local History Group’s latest project will begin in earnest this month, when ten test pits are dug at various locations around the village on the weekend of 8th and 9th June. Over 40 volunteers will be involved on each day. MLHG has received an Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories grant to finance the project, which it hopes will reveal information about how the village developed and evolved.


A test pit being dug in Ashwelll in May Photograph by Ralph Betts


The Group is working closely with the University of Cambridge’s Cambridge Community Heritage (CCH) team and Dr Carenza Lewis, head of CCH and former Time


Team presenter, has already made several visits to the village in connection with the project.


Several of the pits will be open to the public, so please come along and have a look at what we are digging up! Pits are likely to be dug between midday and 4.00pm on the Saturday and between 10.00am and 4.00pm on the Sunday. Locations will be published on our website, www.meldrethhistory.org.uk, closer to the time but will include pits at the British Queen, Flambards Green, Fieldgate Nurseries and Chiswick End. Just look out for the blue and white balloons around the village which will mark our public digs, or speak to one of our volunteers that weekend. More test pits will be dug on 6th/7th July and 17th/18th August.


Kathryn Betts Meldreth Local History Group 9


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