JobCentre staff make ancient discoveries at historic castle

Surface archeology at Codnor Castle. Pictured with the group is Rokia Brown.

Surface archeology at Codnor Castle. Pictured with the group is Rokia Brown.

Staff from Heanor’s JobCentre rolled up their sleeves and got dirty as they took part in an archaeological dig at ancient Codnor Castle.

The staff from Heanor were joined by colleagues from other job centres across Derbyshire at the historic site for the dig on Tuesday, July 8, as part of the JobCentre’s Community 10,000 project which sees employees given the chance to get out and about and active within their community.

Volunteers were split into two groups for the day and given specific jobs, one group found themselves doing surface archaeology work at the site near Codnor, while another group carried out maintenance on the castle grounds.

Codnor Castle Heritage Trust chairman Rokia Brown said: “All the JobCentre staff loved the day. It couldn’t have gone better.

“The volunteers found quite a lot during the surface archeology including what we believe to be Victorian pottery and medieval roof tiles. We’re going to take the pottery to get identified as at these early stages it can be difficult to put a date to findings.

“Both groups got to do a bit of everything, including general grounds maintenance shearing all the overgrown nettles which was really helpful as the farm house needed some real TLC. All in all it was a really good day and it was enjoyed by everyone involved.”

Michelle Garton, of Heanor JobCentre, said staff wanted to continue the initiative with Codnor Castle.

He said: “It’s really important to get involved in the community. Hopefully with our involvement we can help bring tourism to Codnor Castle.

“The castle has big plans for the future and we want to get involved and work alonside them.”

Codnor Castle’s next event which is open to the public will be an historic walk on Saturday, August 2 starting at 6pm. The event includes a presentation, walk and guided tour of Codnor Castle. Tickets are available from the Castle Pub, Codnor, for £14.95 which icludes hot and cold buffet and complimentary tea and coffee.




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