Creating social value within the community at Black Cat Quarry

Local school visiting the excavations at Black Cat Quarry and having the chance to excavate test pits and handle finds © Copyright ARS Ltd 2022
Hard at work at Black Cat Quarry! © Copyright ARS Ltd 2023
A school visit watching operations at Black Cat Quarry © Copyright ARS Ltd 2023

Commercial archaeology is by far the single biggest source of new archaeological knowledge, as well as contributing to local economies, building links with communities, and in some cases creating heritage-led regeneration.

We love helping clients explore the opportunities of social value outcomes through archaeology and our work with Breedon Group at Black Cat Quarry, Bedford, is a perfect example of seeing this in action.

For example, Breedon is producing a leaflet on the excavations, which they are distributing under their ‘Good Neighbour’ scheme. They have hosted site visits from local primary schools, allowing the children to meet the archaeologists on site, handle finds, and even participate in excavations of a series of test pits. Our archaeologists have also made visits to the school to give interactive presentations.

With Breedon, we have given talks to local groups such as Roxton Historical Society, Tempsford Museum and the Women’s Institute, as well as putting on a temporary exhibition of archaeological discoveries for the public in the village hall.

This project is the result of close collaboration between ARS Ltd, Breedon and the local community, and its huge success has recently seen it nominated for the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards 2023 (for which voting is still open until early February)!

If you want to know more about creating social value through your archaeological project, please contact us. And if you haven’t already voted for the Black Cat Quarry project, please find out how at the link above and do so soon—every vote counts!

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