On Saturday 3rd October 2015 Wessex Archaeology held an open day at the Sherford New Community site in Devon. The day was a real success with over 860 people attending.
The event provided the opportunity for the local community to come and see the progress of the archaeological work and to speak to those involved in the excavation. As well as Wessex staff being on hand, there were members of Devon County Council and AECOM archaeological consultants participating in the event. There were displays relating to the works and archaeology in general as well as activities for the young visitors. We had a large number of children attend and enjoy the day; the sand pit excavations indicated we have many future archaeologists in the making.
The event demonstrated the popularity of local archaeology and the value of engaging with the local community. The value came from people being able to see and better understand the work happening in their local community, which in turn enabled people to develop a greater sense of place and understanding of heritage.
Overall it was an enjoyable, well managed and engaging day and we thank all of those who attended.