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Here are some of the arrangements and details to enable you to come along and join the field school, and to get the most out of the experience.

This page will be update regularly so please check back occasionally to stay up to date.

If you have any questions not answered on this page please email us at

Start and finish times

Directions to site

Getting to site by Car

Getting to site by Bus

Getting to the area by Train

Lifts to site during fieldschool

What to bring

What to wear

Dietary Requirements

Archaeological Skills Passport

Health and Safety


Background Reading

Start and finish times:

Monday 9:30 - 17:30

Tuesday 9:30 - 17:30

Wednesday 9:30 - 17:30

Thursday 9:30 - 17:30

Friday 9:30 - 17:30

(Please note evening finish times are guides for those arranging lifts and pick ups from friends and parents and are flexible):

Please be aware the first morning will be a slower start and will include:

Welcome coffees and teas,

Paperwork, signing in risk assessment and inductions,

Introductory presentations,

Site tour,

and much more.

There will be lunch provided everyday at 12:30.

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The site is located near to St Bartholomew's Church, LE14 3JL Welby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

The nearest Postcode for satnav is LE14 3JL

The village of Bainbridge. Click here on the image to open a Google map of the location.

Bainbridge and surrounding villages/towns. Click here on the image to open a Google map of the location.

Details regarding the location of the site and how to enter the field etc will be sent out to people who have booked onto the course nearer the time of the excavation, for reasons of site security. The site is 2 or 3 minutes walk from the centre of Bainbridge.

Parking will be in the field entrance.

By Car:

From the A606 Nottingham Road (North of Melton Mowbray, turn west (right south bound/ left north bound) onto St. Bartholomew’s Way.
Then turn right onto Welby Lane. St Bartholomew's Church is a few hundred metres along Welby Lane on the right hand side of the road.

Click here for directions.

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By Bus:

Information regarding local buses can be found here

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By Train:

For those wishing to use trains

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Lifts to site during field school:

If you have travelled to your accommodation and have no transport to site we can offer lifts if you are staying within 3 miles of site.

Please contact us for more information via email or to discuss outside this distance.

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What to wear:

Please bring suitable clothing, sturdy footwear, a hat and sun cream, water-proof clothing and warm clothes- we are not sure what the weather will do!

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What to Bring:

Please bring any tools you wish to use, but all equipment will be provided. If you wish to bring your own trowel (orinvest in your first one) we recommend a 4 inch archaeology trowel- you can buy them online.

Please also bring a note book and pen/pencil. For drawing please bring a 4H pencil if you can find one for drawing, eraser etc.

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Skills Passport:

You may also wish to get a skills passport which you can get filled in at the end of the week:

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Dietary Requirements:

Please let us know if you haven't already whether you have any dietary requirements eg vegetarian, (including allergies), so we can inform our caterers.

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Health and Safety:

At Mercian we take Health and Safety very seriously.

A copy of the Risk Assessment for the Field school will be available online soon. Please ensure that you read this and inform us that you have done so via email at before attending the course (we will email people to remind them).

We will also go through the risk assessment on arrival to ensure everyone has read and understood, and there will be site talks and tool box talks before you enter the site.

Reading the Risk Assessment in advance and familiarising yourself with it will enable a smooth induction on the first morning.

Below is an example Risk Assessment, please click on the link below if you wish to have a look.

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Mercian do not recommend accommodation for the field school and cannot be held responsible for any accommodation booked in order to attend the field school. The following places are examples of what is available in the local area and should not be seen as an endorsement or recommendation by Mercian. The details of accommodation and amenities provided below is by no means a comprehensive list please use the searches provided for more places to stay.

We do recommend for logistical purposes that you consider staying close to the site.

A search for accommodation online in Melton Mowray, and surrounding villages.

Location of Welby and surrounding towns/villages:

Information about Melton Mowbray and the surrounding area.

For information about the surrounding area, things to do and places to stay please check out the following pages:

Visit England wesbite- Things to do in Leicestershire:

Visit Explore Discover Leicestershire Official visitor website for Leicestershire:

Visit Explore Discover Leicestershire Official visitor website for possible accommodation in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire:

Google Search of “accommodation melton mowbray”:

*Please note Mercian are not responsible for accommodation and do not recommend anywhere in particular to stay.*

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Background Reading:


Anyone wishing to undertake background reading before attending the field school may wish to have a look at the following literature on archaeological practice:

Archaeological resource management in the UK: an introduction (John Hunter and Ian Ralston)

Field archaeology: an introduction (Peter Drewett)

Archaeology: an introduction (Kevin Greene)

Techniques of Archaeological Excavation (Philip A, Barker)

Archaeology: theory, methods and practice (Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn)

Digging up the past: an introduction to archaeological excavation  (John Collis)

Archaeology, the basics (Clive Gamble)

Doing archaeology (Donald Henderson)

Archaeological site manual, 3rd ed (MOLA) – free download

You can stay up to date with goings on at Mercian via our social media websites at:

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