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News article created on 26 October 2015

Could you help with an archaeological dig?

We're asking people in Marple to take part in an archaeological dig to uncover the region’s industrial heritage

The archaeological dig will uncover what is left of the Peak Forest Canal tramway, which provided a crucial link between the upper and lower Peak Forest Canal during the early 1800s when the canal supplied limestone and coal.

The dig is taking place from Monday 26 October to Friday 30th October.  Those interested in taking part in the dig are asked to book via the website www.oldknows.com.

Once revealed, findings will be recorded and used to inform interpretation as part of the project. Archaeologists will then cover the excavations in order to preserve them for future generations.

A great historical treasure

Pamela Pearson, learning and interpretation Officer said: "This is an exciting opportunity for the public to come along to help unearth part of the region’s industrial past. The Marple Tramway is a great historical treasure and this project will help open it up to the public so everyone will understand its importance in the story of the Industrial Revolution in the North West.”

The project is part of a £2.3 million heritage project to revive the legacy of Samuel Oldknow, one of the leading industrialists of the early cotton industry and thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1.5 million and public donations to the Canal & River Trust and Mellor Archaeological Trust. 

Following the archaeological dig, an open day with free family activities and guided tours of the archaeology is taking place on Sunday 1st November. Please visit www.oldknows.com to book a tour time.