29 July 2014

Ancient pottery, jewellery and ongoing archaeological work are just some of the things which will be on show at special Archaeology Open Days, following the excavation of Northampton’s Angel Street where work continues for Northamptonshire County Council’s new headquarters.

The new building will replace 12 existing older buildings and save millions of pounds in property maintenance costs, while at the same time bringing thousands of people back into the town centre.

When will the artefacts go on show?

With construction set to start in the new year, Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) have been busy excavating the site and now some of the main findings will be on display at two open days in August.

On hand will be local post-Roman pottery expert, Paul Blinkhorn, who featured regularly on Channel 4’s Time Team to present some of the findings and talk through their significance.

Leader of the county council Cllr Jim Harker said: “Anyone with any interest in either local history or archaeology should attend these open days as they will give a real opportunity to see what has been discovered and talk to experts about them and what they might mean.

“As always it is vital when we develop land in this way we never lose sight of our heritage and the archaeological works being undertaken on the site, the open days to show case its the results are an opportunity to ensure that this is the case.”

Jim Brown, Senior Project Manager at MOLA, added: “Urban sites are full of surprises, this project explores the early expansion of the Norman and later medieval New Borough in Northampton by examining what was happening at St John’s Street and Fetter Street. What we are learning about the site and its place within the medieval town enables us to examine established theories with hard evidence.”

Can I come along?

The open days will be taking place on Wednesday August 6 from 11.30am to 1.30pm and on Thursday, August 7 from 1.30pm to 3pm. The events will be held at the Angel Street site via the St John’s Street entrance.

Anyone interested in attending can register to do so at projectangel@northamptonshire.gov.uk or simply go along on the day.