Why are the doors for the ARC always locked?

Due to the sensitivity and value of our collections we need to ensure they are safe and secure. Therefore, we operate under a booking system for researchers and tours. Please see our relevant pages for more information.

We are currently looking into ways to open the entrance to the ARC to ensure members of the public can see inside.

How is the ARC funded?

We are funded with contributions from North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire Councils as we take on the archaeological storage responsibilities. However, donations, sponsorship, grants are all used to support our work and care for our collections.

The commercial activity taking place at the Chester House Estate also supports the ARC and ensures we have a sustainable business model.

Do you open at weekends?

As we only have a small team, our capacity at weekends is limited though we are trying to improve this. If you are interested in accessing our archives for research but can only visit at weekends.

We open at weekends for some of our ARC open days.

What is the most interesting object in the ARC?

Everyone has their own personal preference!

Ben’s favourite object is a Roman Nene Valley Ware pot with a crudely painted gladiator on it found during excavations at Stanwick in the 1980s while Georgina’s favourite object is Bronze Age flint knife also from Stanwick where scientific testing showed that it was never used. Each of our volunteers have their own personal favorites.

When you book onto a tour, you may get a chance to see some of these objects and decide your own favourite object!

Is there way for those aged below 16 to get involved with volunteering?

Unfortunately, we only take volunteers and work experience students aged 16+.

However, we are currently in the process of setting up a Young Archaeologist Club to be hosted at Chester House which will use the ARC a base. Watch this space!