The Irchester Field School is a joint partnership between The Chester House Estate (CHE) and the Northamptonshire Archaeological Resource Centre (ARC) and University of Leicester's School of Ancient History and Archaeology.

In June and July 2024 archaeologists from the University of Leicester's School of Ancient History and Archaeology  will be excavating within the suburbs of the Roman town, in partnership with volunteers and staff from The Chester House Estate (CHE)and the Northamptonshire Archaeological Resource Centre (ARC).

Our partnership places research, learning and community engagement at its core. Past and present survey and excavation has focused not only the core of the walled town with its houses, workshops and temples, but its suburbs and cemeteries, allowing us to better understand the lives of its inhabitants. This research is revealing the hidden histories of communities living along this stretch of the Nene Valley, with a focus on the Late Iron Age and Roman periods.

This programme is a unique opportunity for your pupils to engage with highly experienced archaeological researchers and CHE staff and volunteers passionate about making archaeological research accessible, providing an exceptional range and depth of knowledge and expertise. Together we are working to provide life-enhancing opportunities focused on archaeology and heritage for young people and the wider community.

Our programme aligns with the national curriculum (see appendix), Gatsby Benchmarks and Ofsted priorities, such as engendering ‘an appreciation of human creativity and achievement’ and the provision of access to ‘the corpus of knowledge that should be the entitlement of every child’ (Ofsted Jan 2019). The programme includes a day of activities designed and led by archaeologists, education professionals and an enthusiastic team of volunteers.
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