Archaeology in the Midlands

Archaeology is a vital part of the work we do looking after special places. Our archaeology team works closely with buildings and estate teams to identify and preserve the hidden secrets of the landscapes and buildings in our care and ensure you can continue to enjoy them in the future.

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Female archaeologist digging in a shallow trench in a field

Meet the Midlands' Archaeologists 

Uncover the stories of the hard-working archaeology team in the Midlands.

Summer Digs

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Archaeology at the manor

Brockhampton, Herefordshire

Visitors and volunteers help to reveal over 1000 years of history at this ancient property.

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Winter lays bare Dovedale's landmarks

Ilam Park, Dovedale and the White Peak, Derbyshire

The bare trees of winter offer a different view of Dovedale's famous rock features.

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Uncovering the stables' hidden history

Belton House, Lincolnshire

Discover what's been happening as part of Belton's historic stables building project.

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The Berrington Garden Project

Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

Find out about Berrington's ambitious Garden Project. Keep up to date with the latest news and research and how you can donate or get involved.

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Projects at Canons Ashby

Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

Take a look at the completed and ongoing projects that keep Canons Ashby alive, from ancient archaeology to up to date visitor facilities.

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Archaeological discoveries in Fishpool Valley

Croft Castle and Parkland, Herefordshire

Discover what has been unearthed in Fishpool Valley.

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The medieval manor house

Brockhampton, Herefordshire

Discover a fifteenth century moated manor house at the heart of a rich farming landscape.

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Midlands highlights from Heritage Records Online website

The National Trust Heritage Records Online website is the easy way to discover more about the archaeology we care for.

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Discover Lower Brockhampton manor house

Brockhampton, Herefordshire

The medieval manor is nestled in a Herefordshire valley that has changed little in hundreds of years.

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Archaeological discovery at Attingham

Attingham Park, Shropshire

The remains of an Anglo Saxon hall have been discovered by archeaologists on the Attingham Estate.

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Ecton Engine House

Ilam Park, Dovedale and the White Peak, Derbyshire

Read about our work on what is thought to be the oldest mine-winding engine house in the world.

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Croft's historic parkland

Croft Castle and Parkland, Herefordshire

Grab your walking boots and your four legged friend and explore almost 4500 years of history in Croft's 1500-acres of wood, farm and parkland, all year round.

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Hillforts in the Midlands

Mysterious hillforts litter the landscapes of the Midlands. Find out more about five of these prehistoric features.

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Belton Park and the First World War

Belton House, Lincolnshire

Far from being a rural backwater, the Belton estate played a significant supporting role in the First World War. By April 1915, a small town had been built for around 20,000 men of Kitchener’s Army within Belton Park, a military base hospital, churches, YMCA huts, a cinema and its own railway line.

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Neolithic and Early Bronze Age archaeology in the Midlands

The National Trust cares for many unique and historic landscapes across the Midlands, many of which are scattered with the remains of prehistoric occupation.

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Lest we forget Belton's bravest

Belton House, Lincolnshire

Young people play a significant part in re-discovering Belton's past

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Can Calke dig it?

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Uncover what remains at Calke Abbey with the archaeology club

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Archaeology at The Firs

The Firs, Worcestershire

Delve deeper into our archaeological mysteries at The Firs