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 Estate, Herefordshire

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

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The Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds project at Berrington Hall

Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

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

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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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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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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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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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The manor house

Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire

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

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Discover Lower Brockhampton manor house

Brockhampton Estate, 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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Revealing Secrets: Historic building recording at Canons Ashby

Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

Over the next few months archaeologists will be peeling away Canons Ashby's secrets to learn more about how the building has evolved since it was first built.

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Fundraising and projects

Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire

Discover what we do to keep the estate running

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The Science of History

Greyfriars' House and Garden, Worcestershire

As science sheds light on history we explore what this means for Greyfriars story.

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Archaeology Live at Clumber Park

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

In an attempt to find out more about the magnificent but lost 'Clumber House', we held an exciting public archaeology dig on the mansion site in July 2018. Here, we evaluate our finds.