Mick Aston Archaeology Fund

Posted on 13/Mar/2018 Under Community, News

Are you interested in doing some archaeological fieldwork or research in Yorkshire? Have you thought about applying for a grant from the CBA’s Mick Aston Archaeology Fund?

The Mick Aston Archaeology Fund, supported by Historic England, is currently offering grants of up to £1,000 to help fund fieldwork and research projects undertaken by voluntary groups and societies and individuals across England. Applicants should be undertaking new and innovative research projects that will help create a greater understanding of local heritage. There are many ways funding could be used such as providing training for volunteers, purchasing equipment for excavation and recording, environmental analysis or scientific dating.

Over the last year the scheme saw applications from a wide range of projects enabling 100s of people of all ages to discover and participate in archaeology. Several of these projects were based in Yorkshire.

The early medieval community of Malham was the focus of the St Helen’s Chapel Dig and over 2 weeks in the summer of 2017 a large number volunteers, from the local community and as far away as Germany and Australia, excavated the chapel and associated features and many more visited the site as part of their Festival of Archaeology event. Funding from the Mick Aston Fund will now be used to assist the post-excavation work to date samples and identify and conserve small finds. You can find out more about the excavations at Malham on the projects website.

In 2016 the Mick Aston Fund was able to provide a grant to the Friends of the Chalk Tower Flamborough to raise awareness of the grade II* listed Chalk Tower which is the oldest surviving lighthouse in England and was built by Sir John Clayton between 1669 and 1674. The group has held a number of successful events to highlight the building to the public and has installed the first in a series of interpretation boards. The Friends are working closely with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to undertake necessary maintenance to enable them to open the tower to the public.

Most recently, Fridaythorpe Fimber Wetwang Archaeology Project (FFWAP) were awarded a grant to carry out geophysics on an area of land between the three villages. FFWAP were also the recipients of the 2018 King Thubron Award.

For more information on the Mick Aston Archaeology Fund and to download an application form please visit http://new.archaeologyuk.org/mick-aston-archaeology-fund.

More information on the CBA Yorkshire King Thubron Award can be found here.

St Mary’s Chapel images ©Malham Chapel Dig

Chalk tower images ©Chrys Mellor