We started May by exploring Angel Meadow's in Manchester and its links to the struggle for workers' rights. We then marked Local and Community History Month by looking at the different ways in which we share the local heritage and our discoveries with local communities. We have done this by remembering some of our best community archaeology projects: Jigsaw in Cambridgeshire, the Westgate public engagement in Oxford, and the spectacular community dig at Sizergh Castle in Cumbria.

Greater Manchester's industrial past

To mark the May Day bank holiday, we look at its origins in demonstrations championing workers’ rights aby heading to Angel Meadows, where Oxford Archaeology discovered evidence of Greater Manchester’s industrial past. 

Angel Meadows Manchester

Anglo-Saxon origins and the medieval jewish quarter

This week's #OAat50 highlight takes us to the heart of historic Oxford, where excavations at St Aldates in 2016 shed light on the history of the city, from its Anglo-Saxon origins to the modern era, passing through the discovery of the Medieval Jewish quarter.

Bottle with a well-preserved seal of the Mermaid Inn

Jigsaw – Piecing Together Cambridgeshire’s Past

To mark Local and Community History Month, our #OAat50 highlights will celebrate some of OA's community archaeology projects. First up, the Jigsaw project in Cambridgeshire. ‘Jigsaw – Piecing Together Cambridgeshire’s Past’ project was born out of a long established tradition of public archaeology in Cambridgeshire, where the professional and voluntary archaeological communities have worked closely together to investigate and promote local archaeology. 

Jigsaw Cambs

Shopping with a touch of archaeology

This week's #OAat50 highlight is a landmark project we undertook in Oxford.

Westgate Oxford is a large shopping complex in the centre of Oxford, which underwent redevelopment with clients Westgate Oxford Alliance and Principal Contractors Laing O'Rourke. The excavations carried out by Oxford Archaeology and managed by Ben Ford, Senior Project Manager, between 2014 and 2016, were the largest ever undertaken in the city and principally focused on a large medieval suburban friary. The project won Best Archaeological Project 2016 at the prestigious British Archaeological Awards and the outreach programme, which included an evolving Pop Up Museum, was a significant contributing factor.


Sizergh Castle: it all started with a comunity dig for our colleague Emma

As we celebrate #OAat50, our staff are celebrating milestones too. Emma Fishwick joined us 10 years ago as an intern, and for Local and Community History month, she reflects on her experiences starting work with us.