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What’s next

The results of the project will add value to many people: residents of Cookham and neighbouring towns and villages, visitors to Cookham, historians, archaeologists, and students of all ages. We are building a plan for outreach to engage with all of these stakeholders. We want our findings to enhance the lives of residents of Cookham, neighbouring communities and visitors.

The project has already raised local and national interest, in the press, TV news and a profile in BBC’s ‘Digging for Britain’ in January 2023. There is a lot of local interest: in the four weeks of 2022’s excavation, over 1,200 visitors came to see the dig. Most were from the local area, but many were holidaymakers and river users. We are using social media to show the progress and results of the excavations.

Using archaeology to empower local communities.

In just four weeks, over 1,200 people came to see 2022’s dig.

Future digs

There will be further excavation seasons with the permission and goodwill of the Parochial Church Council, which owns Paddock Field.

We’ll give tours of the site and visitors will get the opportunity to see the artefacts and materials we’ve found.

For schools

The Anglo-Saxons are an element in Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum, and we want to provide learning materials to be used in schools locally and in neighbouring areas.

Community outreach

We’re developing an outreach programme for local interest groups, Cookham residents and visitors.

Financial support

Friends of Cookham Abbey will continue to give financial and practical support to the project.

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