Budding archaeologists can get their hands dirty at Lytham Hall with a special opportuniy to dig deep into local history.
Volunteers are being sought for a short programme of excavations in the gardens of the ancestral home of the Clifton family for more than 350 years, which will start next week and continue until the end of September.
Leading the project is Lancaster freelance archaeologist Nigel Neil who is looking for keen recruits to attend an induction and training day at the Hall on Sunday, August 18 from 10.30am to 5pm.
He said: “I am going to build the work programme around volunteer availability.
“The focus is an enigmatic feature shown on maps from the 1880s to the 1930s, dubbed the ‘roughly square enclosure’.
“On Ordnance Survey maps, this is shown as an open shape, with no description, but a manuscript map in Lytham Library shows a garden with some kind of structure – maybe a fountain – in the middle.”
As well as seeking diggers willing to get their hands dirty, he wants to sign up volunteers who will be involved in washing and processing finds which might hold clues to the hall’s rich past.
Anyone interested is asked to contact the Lytham Hall Estate Office on (01253) 736652.