Chester Farm - how our volunteers are helping to uncover history (Sample article)

13 January 2017
Volunteers at Chester Farm

​Chester Farm Heritage Park is a £12.7m project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Northamptonshire County Council and by 2018, many stories of 10,000 years of Northamptonshire heritage will be told on this extraordinary but little known site.

As well as being the site of a Roman walled town, there is evidence from the Mesolithic, Iron Age and Medieval periods, together with a complex of traditional farm buildings dating back to the 17th century.

At present much of this heritage is buried; our challenge is to bring it to life and tell its stories and our volunteers are already making a big difference.

We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities and activities, so there is something to suit everyone. There is the chance to be involved in excavations, finds washing and recording. We will be looking to train volunteers to take guided tours around the site or you may be interested in spending some time researching at the Northamptonshire Records Office or recording oral histories. Or how about helping with some of the landscape conservation work?

For more information about volunteering with the Chester Farm project, have a look at Chester Farm or contact Rachael Bignell, Volunteers Officer at

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