Journal of Victorian Culture Online post outlines the research and fieldwork we’re doing through the Living in the Past Community Archaeology Project, investigating housing and everyday life within working-class communities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in the industrial town of Derby (incorporating studies of a nearby rural village). We aim to combine archaeological fieldwork and research with studies of written sources, photography, and oral and family histories.
Our investigations will principally focus upon small terraced housing that still provides much of the accommodation in and around the modern City, supporting residents in carrying out archaeological standing building surveys, and undertaking surveys of artefacts found in associated gardens. But we have also begun to investigate publicly accessible plots of ‘slum’ housing demolished in the second half of the 20th century, and propose to investigate a contemporaneous rubbish tip in the suburbs.
We’re soon to launch the garden surveys; in the mean time, the project website provides information on historical archaeology, introduces some of the findings so far, and outlines ways that members of the public might get involved. Those interested in more regular updates (and in receiving notifications of related events, or links to resources and articles that may be of interest) can follow the project via Twitter (@UrbArc20), or Facebook (UrbArc20). We also have lots of photos on Flickr, and a YouTube channel, broadcasting videos of work in progress, and with playlists of topic-related videos.
More coming soon…