Latest News from Mellor Archaeological Trust

An introduction to the latest news section can be put here. Articles in this section will appear most recent first.

Old Vicarage Iron Age Site: A vacancy

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Considerable time has been spent cleaning and weeding the Old Vicarage Iron Age site. Its looks have been improved over the last few weeks no end, and the newly cleaned up site is well worth a visit.

Bob Humphrey-Taylor, Chair of Mellor Archaeological Trust, is looking for someone to lead a small team to keep it in its good condition. If anyone is interested or know someone who may be able to help, please let Bob know. It should only take a couple of hours a month during the season, to keep on top of it.


Bob may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read the report on the Handover Event for the Ditch in September 2012 here

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The Wharf Marple - May 2020 Update

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The Wharf Marple - May 2020 Update

Thank you all for your continued support on this exciting Community Project

Dear Investors and Friends of The Wharf Marple,

We hope that you are all safe and well and managing to cope in these strange times.

At The Wharf we are continuing to work towards achieving our funding target and we are pleased to say that despite the difficulties that we are all facing the community is still stepping up to support this wonderful project.   A big thank you to all our Investors and supporters!

Despite having to postpone all our fundraising events due to Coronavirus, investment continues to roll in and we are now just £25,000 off having the enough to buy the building. Which is great news!   We are planning some virtual events such as Quiz Night and another Coffee and cake morning following Anne’s highly successful event raising £375. More details to follow when we’ve worked out the tech!

Read more:  The Wharf Marple - May 2020 Update

Paper published in top Archaeological Journal

Hill Pan webPlease read this paper, we have recently had published, on the website. This is the most prestigious archaeological journal in the world. The highly qualified editorial team rigorously peer review all submissions for publication. So a real feather in our cap to have ours accepted and published.

Bob Humphrey -Taylor, June 2nd 2020

1. Introduction


It is widely accepted that climate change, augmented by the rapid in- crease of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions since pre-industrial levels, will have considerable impacts on our environment, society and heritage (Pachauri, Reisinger 2007). The impact of climate change on our cultural heritage is receiving much attention, understandably concentrating on coastal areas that will be threatened by sea level change both eustatic (Daly 2010; Croft 2013) and, more recently, isostatic (Pet- tersson, Jonsson 2017).


This paper outlines the approach of one project to these threats and problems - STORM: Safeguarding cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management, a project co-funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, specifically concen- trating on the UK pilot site at Mellor, Stockport. The STORM project aims to develop a novel set of tools, models, techniques, and services to aid owners of cultural heritage assets in protecting their sites from the impacts of both climate change and natural disasters amongst other threats.


Read the full article

Installation of the Samuel Oldknow Date stone at Mellor Mill

Installation of the Samuel Oldknow Date stone at Mellor Mill

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Background: A piece of oval stonework was built into the triangular pediment that topped Mellor Mill. This stone was carved with Oldknow's initials, a weaver’s shuttle and the year 1790, reflecting the year that construction of the mill commenced.


Bob Humphrey –Taylor writes: A replica of this mill date stone was installed at Mellor Mill last Tuesday, 12th February 2019. This installation was supervised by Judith and Eddy Wilshaw on my behalf as I was on a flight to Portugal for the STORM project.

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GMAF Newsletter 2018 Archaeology Festival edition

IMAG0606aAfter the success of the first Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival in 2017, the decision was taken by the Federation to hold another in 2018, working as before with the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the University of Salford. The Festival ran from Thursday, 21st June to Sunday, 24th June 2018 and aims to increase access, encourage the exploration, and celebrate the archaeology of Greater Manchester. Thus, there were 17 free events to choose from across Greater Manchester and nearly every member of the Federation taking part. This newsletter covers reports on all of those events, from digs to talk via workshops and exhibitions. Around 300 people attended and the feedback from societies and participants was very positive, so we now have to think of new ideas fro the third festival in June 2019.

Dr Mike Nevell, University of Salford

Read the full newsletter here

 Federation members

The following groups are members of the Federation:

Bolton Archaeology and Egyptology Society, Bury Archaeological Group, Cheadle & Gatley U3A, Glossop and Longdendale Archaeological Society, Historic Grafitti Project, Holcombe Moor Heritage Group, Littleborough Historical and Archaeological Society, Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society, Mellor Archaeological Trust, Middleton Archaeological Society, Moston Archaeology Group, Peel Tower Research Group, Prestwich Heritage Society, Royton Lives Through the Ages, Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts, Salford Archaeology & Local History Society, South Manchester Archaeological Research Team, South Trafford Archaeological Group, Tameside Archaeological Society, Wigan Archaeological Society, Wilmslow Community Archaeology