From Troutbeck Bridge to Treblinka

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Scan & Dig – The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge.

The survey and dig will be carried out in the grounds of the Lakes School from 13 to 28 July 2019. The school stands on the former site of the wartime workers housing scheme of Calgarth Estate. The estate was originally built in 1942 to house workers at the nearby Short Sunderland “Flying Boat” factory at White Cross Bay, and was gradually demolished over time until it finally disappeared in the mid 1960’s.

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The survey and dig will see wide ranging opportunities for people to work closely with one of the country’s leading archaeologists. There are great opportunities to get involved as volunteers to learn about all aspects of excavation, conservation, and exhibition work. 

The archaeology will be led by world renowned archaeologists Caroline Sturdy Colls and Kevin Colls, and will include a cutting edge technological survey to identify what remains of the estate lie hidden below ground. This will be followed by excavations that will focus on uncovering the remains of hostel accommodation on the estate that slept single workers from the factory. 

Initially the scanning will be desk based and carried out at Staffs University using details of ground penetrating radar that indicates disturbances in the land and will give an indication of foundations, rubble etc.  

Using both a magnetometer and GPR, the archaeologists will survey the land during the first week beginning 13 July.  The magnetometer scan will cover most of the possible area/land surrounding the Lakes School and is useful for detecting changes to the magnetic field (for example, any remaining brick constructions) at a shallow level.  The GPR (ground penetrating radar) detects changes at a deeper level.  There will be no disturbance to the land during the scans.

Towards the end of the first week, there will be a few test pits and very small scale, minimally evasive excavations.  The second week the archaeologists will concentrate on excavating part of the remains of a hostel.  It is probable (but not yet decided) that this will be in the rugby field adjacent to the Sports Hall.  They are not expecting to make huge deep trenches.  It is possible it may be necessary to use a mini digger to make the initial excavations.  If this is the case, a professional mini digger driver will carry out the work and ensure minimal disturbance driving to the excavation area.

As far as possible, the land will be returned to its original condition.  The radar will no doubt detect if there are any land drains beforehand since the equipment can detect as much as five metres in depth. It may be that there could be a small use of metal detectors.

The archaeologists and LDHP have met with the Head, Andy Cunningham and two Governors and the school.  They have given their approval and will be kept fully in touch with details arising from the scan and the possible areas for excavation.  They have given permission for the archaeologists and LDHP to have use of the Sports Hall (adjacent to the rugby field).

The archaeologists have fully comprehensive public liability insurance. They are sending LDHP details of this.