Today I spent the afternoon at a very different type of dig to the others I have been on. It is urban and is investigating the near past. Students and members of the local community are digging the cellars and back gardens of a row of terrace houses demolished during the second half of the 20th Century. The interest in this direct link with the past is strong and memories circulate on site as finds are made and structures revealed. The brackets for electricity meters, light bulbs, newspapers and old mats are some of the things being discovered. Many objects are those left in the cellars by the occupants when they left their homes prior to demolition. These are the sorts of things we all have in our cellars – the stored away things that never had that use one day. Many of the volunteers probably live in houses very similar to these.
You can see the photographs here.