The Dove Valley Centre

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The Dove Valley Centre


Peeling Back The Layers was a community archaeology project based at Under Whitle farm run by the Tudor Farming Interpretation Group. Volunteers visited Matlock, Lichfield and Stafford record offices with Simon, a professional historian, to unearth the stories of the people who lived here.  Children, volunteers and archaeologists dusted off their trowels to unearth the secrets under the ground, peeling back the layers of turf and soil to find evidence of a barn and a 17c house still with its ash pit filled with ashes.
You can find out the secrets we discovered at:
The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Mick Aston Trust & the Peak District National Park.


The Tudor Farming Interpretation Group was so excited at what was found on the last day of the dig- a piece of medieval pottery and charcoal radio carbon dated to the 1300’s -that we are hoping to ‘Dig Deeper’ and find the possible Tudor home of the Horobin family. We are searching for funding to continue this community archaeology project alongside further historical research.
Festival of British Archaeology- July 2019
 Come on a guided walk animated by people from the past!
 Details and Dates to be confirmed.
 In 2014 the Tudor farming Project won the national Bayer/FACE award for innovative learning.  Amazingly the ceremony was in the great hall at Lincoln Inn, London- the very same place that the Horrobyn land dispute was settled in William Horrobyn's favour! 
Our group has developed a great sense of comradeship researching and developing projects and a great delight at seeing what young people gain from the experience.

 Thanks to all who have given so much to make these project fun!

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