The Survey and Dig took place between 15 and 27 July 2019. It was in the grounds of The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge, Windermere, LA23 1HW and directions can be found on the following page.
Please note this page is for information only. The site is no longer open – either for volunteers or visitors.
Visitors were very welcome. The site was open from 9.00 am – 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm – 4.00pm daily and closed on 27 July. There will be guides who can direct visitors to various points of interest and to an exhibition of images relating to both the Calgarth Estate, the work of the Lake District Holocaust Project, the Archaeologists and Treblinka.
Volunteer opportunities were available for those wishing to participate in the survey and excavation work. They were especially needed for the second week in July. It was essential to reserve a place at any of the sessions as there are very limited spaces. It was NOT necessary to have had prior archaeological experience as training and guidance were given during the project.
The session times for Volunteers were as follows:
Morning Session 9.00 am – 12.00 pm. and Afternoon Session 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm. daily. These sessions were available each day from 22 – 27 July 2019. Preferences for a session or sessions and alternative days were indicated. It was possible to do one or more session, or to attend for a full day, as long as the number of volunteers per session is not exceeded.
There was a break/rest time in each session. It was helpful for volunteers to arrive 1/2 an hour prior to the session, so that information regarding the activities and progress of the project was given.
Volunteer duties included any of the following activities and training will be given on site. All excavation equipment was provided as too tea and coffee. Washing and toilet facilities were available.
Sieving – involves using a small rocking sieve.
Excavation – involves shovelling, mattocking, wheelbarrowing, trowelling. (Mattocking is the method of removing soil more quickly than with a trowel. The mattock is like a pickaxe so can be quite heavy, but is easy to learn).
Surveying – involves levelling, GPS recording and digital measurement survey using Electronic Distance measurement.
Volunteers needed to submit the request form below giving preferences and any other information. It will be necessary to complete a risk assessment form before places are confirmed and this will be sent by return.