New community project Kelham Revealed! gets underway


Our new HLF-funded project Kelham Revealed! is now up and running.

Kelham Revealed! is a new two-year Community project that will research the location & scale of the Medieval village at Kelham, the development of the church, the development of Kelham Hall pre-17th century, & further research into the Civil War, including the recording of previously unrecorded Civil War earthworks.

It is a partnership project between Involve Heritage CIC, the Kelham Hall Estate, MBArchaeology, the Civil War Centre and Kelham Church, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery…..[click to continue reading]

Big Lottery funding awarded for Elmton Revealed!



We are hugely excited to announce that we have just been awarded a ‘Celebrate!’ funding grant from the Big Lottery for a new Community Archaeology project in Derbyshire!

Elmton Revealed! will run from September 2016 through to September 2017 and will see local people trained and supported in undertaking geophysical surveys at Elmton, Derbyshire. We will also work with local schools to help educate them about Elmton’s rich heritage and how it developed in Medieval times.

An exhibition will be created showcasing this history, and a big community celebration event next summer will bring together villagers and the wider community to celebrate the village and its heritage.

The project is a new phase of the wider Elmton Research Project, led by MBArchaeology, that has been researching the rich and varied history at Elmton since 2009. More info on the wider project can be found at www.mbarchaeology.co.uk/projects


If you would like to get involved, please contact Matt via matt@involveheritage.co.uk

An initial meeting is planned for later this month, further info to follow soon.



Slave Trade Legacies reaches finals of the National Lottery Awards!



We are delighted to announce that the Slave Trade Legacies project that we are involved in has beaten off dozens of other projects to reach the finals of the National Lottery Awards!!

To find out more, click the link below:

To vote for the project please click here.

DNMGS – new logo


Our new logo for the DNMGS project is now finished!

The full survey is due to start very soon, with two training sessions now confirmed for early November, and a planning meeting for each County to follow soon after.

If you are interested in the project, please contact us via matt@involveheritage.co.uk

Funding awarded for Community project!


Involve Heritage CIC are pleased to announce we have been awarded three years of funding to help manage and support an exciting local Community Archaeology project.

The funds, generously donated by the Nineveh Trust, will allow us to work with MBArchaeology and the Roman Southwell Community Project team through until 2018.

The project has been running since January 2014 and has so far been entirely crowdfunded via public support, involvement & donations. This new funding stream will run alongside the crowdfunded budget, and will mean the project can expand its current work, largely through public events and fieldwork opportunities.

This will start in October with a landscape survey centred on the Roman road that connected the forts of Ad Pontem (Thorpe) and Osmanthorpe (Kirklington), with Southwell cited halfway between the two.

It will involve geophysical surveys, fieldwalking, finds sessions, specialist analysis and a full report of the fieldwork undertaken so far – all these activities will be open to public involvement.

For more information on the project, visit the project website at romansouthwell.wordpress.com

Medieval Graffiti – new book launched!


An exciting new book on the subject of Medieval Graffiti has just been launched, and will no doubt prove a must have for everyone interested in this important subject.

Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England’s Churches by Matt Champion is out now through Ebury Press at an RRP of £12.99.

Amazon are currently offering the book at the discounted price of £9.09 (correct as of 15/7/15) – order by clicking here.



DNMGS almost ready to go!


The Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey (DNMGS) project is almost ready to start!

We have been busy promoting the project over the last few weeks and have over thirty people signed up to be a part of it. Our first training session will take place on Tuesday 28th July at Creswell Crags Museum & Visitor Centre, home of Britain’s earliest artwork.

The session will be jointly led by Matt Beresford (Involve Heritage CIC) who will give those attending an introduction to the project and discuss plans over the coming weeks and months, and Matt Champion (Medieval Graffiti Survey group) who will discuss past and ongoing work, the possible meaning behind Medieval Graffiti and explain how to identify and record examples of graffiti.

We will follow this up with two practical training schools in September at two separate local churches, where we will seek out, identify and record existing graffiti.

A few preliminary scoping visits will follow, and then the full survey will begin in November, alongside a series of Arts & Heritage workshops.

Exciting times!

Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey


We have just been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding for an exciting new heritage project – the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey (DNMGS).

Here’s the Press Release:


Involve Heritage CIC wins Heritage Lottery Fund support


Involve Heritage CIC has been awarded £22,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project, the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey. The survey will be carried out by volunteers from the local community, and seeks to identify, record and interpret examples of Medieval graffiti in local churches in two distinct regions of the two counties.

The project will explore local churches that have existing Medieval fabric in both the District of Bolsover in north-east Derbyshire and the Sherwood Forest region of Nottinghamshire. It seeks to identify and record examples of graffiti and use history- and arts-based workshops to interpret the art. Volunteers will also be supported in creating their own pieces of art that will interpret the graffiti, which will form part of an exhibition to be showcased at Creswell Crags Museum & Education Centre, home of Britain’s oldest art.

Involve Heritage CIC will work with local volunteers from both regions and of all age groups and will support them in carrying out a detailed survey and recording process that will map and document existing examples of Medieval graffiti. The project will also help them to learn more about the purpose, nature and creation of Medieval graffiti, and help them to understand the role it played within society.

The project will explore questions such as ‘Why was it created?’, ‘Is it merely graffiti?’ and ‘What can the graffiti tell us about life in the Medieval period?’.

Involve Heritage CIC will work in partnership on the project with the wider Medieval Graffiti Survey group, MBArchaeology, the Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project, Bolsover Civic Society, Creswell Heritage Trust and several local churches to gain a deeper insight into this previously under-researched part of our regional history.

Commenting on the award, Involve Heritage CIC Director Matt Beresford said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are thrilled to be able to help local people undertake such an important and exciting project. We will be conducting work that is both regionally and nationally significant. It is a great opportunity for us all, as a community, to learn more about our local heritage.”



Commenting on the news, Matthew Champion, Project Director of the Norfolk and Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey stated that “this is really great news. Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have some superb medieval churches that are already known to contain many fascinating early inscriptions. We are really looking forward to seeing what the project discovers”.


We will be conducting some volunteer recruitment and initial training sessions over the next couple of months, and then the survey work and a series of heritage/arts workshops will begin in November.

To register your interest, contact the Project Leader Matt Beresford via matt@involveheritage.co.uk






Involve Heritage CIC are dedicated to helping communities explore and share their local heritage.

Our passion is providing the opportunity for everyone to become involved in their local community and discover the history and archaeology through fieldwork, education, training and research, and share this through the arts and digital media.




July 2017 – We are thrilled to announce we have been awarded HLF-funding for a new community project Kelham Revealed! Click here for more on the project.


March 2017 – We have been awarded Tesco funding towards the Roman Southwell Community Project. The funds will go towards this summer’s community dig.


September 2016 – We have just been awarded a Big Lottery grant for a new year-long Community Archaeology project ‘Elmton Revealed!’. See post below for more info.


June 2016 – We are delighted to announce that Slave Trade Legacies: The Colour of Money has reached the final of the National Lottery Awards! Voting is now open and can be done by clicking here




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