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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Appeal for volunteers to dig into town’s industrial heritage

Appeal for volunteers to dig into town’s industrial heritage

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help excavate the historic centre of Radcliffe, as part of Greater Manchester’s biggest- ever archaeological project.

Archaeologists from the University of Salford will attempt to uncover clues to the town’s past, based around the late 13th century Radcliffe Tower and Radcliffe Parish Church.

The dig will focus on the 18th and 19th century industrial heritage of the area, which features the Bealey family’s bleach works.

By excavating the family home, Close House, and workers’ cottages at Close Park, the university team hopes to uncover insights into the lives of the owners and workers who lived there.

Members of the public are being invited to find out more by joining the dig, which takes place from Monday, July 2, to Saturday, July 14.

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