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Volunteers sought to explore historic Clyde Walkway

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Volunteers of all ages and abilities are being asked to get involved in an archaeology project which provides free training on archaeological survey, oral history recording and creative map making.

Volunteer workers will help to record forgotten archaeology and stories between Larkhall, Law and the historic Clyde Walkway in South Lanarkshire this summer by volunteering with CAVLP Heritage.

The pathways pass a variety of historic sites and archaeology from mining heritage along the Monkey Road and Skellyton Farm, to the designed landscape of the long since demolished Mauldslie Castle. Research will be uploaded to the Clyde and Avon Valley Museum, for all to explore and enjoy at the Clyde and Avon Valley website

Taking place in June and July, the project is connected to the Clyde Walkway Community Links project that has improved paths linking the communities of Rosebank, Ashgill, Dalserf, Larkhall, Law, Crossford, Nemphlar and Braidwood with the Clyde Walkway. Although the initial part of the project focusses on Larkhall, Law and the Clyde Walkway, CAVLP Heritage hope that training offered will allow volunteers to research and record other sites on their own accord thereafter.

Recording archaeology
 
CAVLP Heritage Officer Dr Paul Murtagh said: 'By focusing our volunteer opportunities on these improved paths we will be able to explore the archaeology of parts of the landscape that are now more easily accessible thanks to Community Links project. We hope that by working alongside volunteers to record the important archaeology along these routes, visitors to the Clyde and Avon Valley will gain a richer experience and see how the past has shaped the landscape we use and enjoy today.

'By helping us record the archaeology along the paths, helping us to photograph the interesting places along them and capturing people memories of working and living in the area, volunteers will be actively contributing to the experiences of the communities that use and enjoy the upgraded Community Links paths.'

How to get involved

Research Workshops: find out how to use old maps, photographs and documents to build a picture of the archaeology along each of the Community Links paths before going into the field to survey them.

9 June, 18.30-20.30, Larkhall District Volunteer Group Centre 

28 June, 18.30-20.30, Tom Craig Centre, Law

Archaeological Survey: walk along each of the Community Links paths to look for and record each of the archaeological sites.

12 June, 11.00 – 16.00, Monkey Road

15 June, 18.30-20.30, Monkey Road

29 June, 18.30-20.30, Law to Mauldslie

2 July, 11.00-16.00,  Law to Mauldslie 

Archive Research: Delve deeper into the history of the places and sites along the paths by searching through historical archives.

14 June, 10.30-12.30, Hamilton Archives

5 July, 10.30-12.30, Hamilton Archives

Adults, children and families all welcome. FREE. For more information and to book a place, call 01555 661555 or email Paul and Karen.

 

 

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