Monday, 9 September 2013

Monday at Messines in Miniature

Firstly a special thank you to our volunteers and to Jaguar Landrover for supporting Operation Kiwi as part of their community initiative, today a were joined by several of their employees who swapped the tools on the Discovery line for a line trowels on our site. They all had an enjoyable day expanding their skillset to include archaeology under instruction from Jon, who moved up to the main trench as it continued to expand.

We look forward to working with them again tomorrow and with their colleagues later in the week.

We are also grateful for the support of Spring Slade Lodge on Camp Road, Cannock Chase for the use of their facilities. If you are on the Chase their tea room is an excellent place to take a break.

Today the BBC have been on site, filming a report for Midlands Today, they will be broadcasting live from the site during the evening bulletin tomorrow, 10th Sept.

Work on the excavation is progressing well, today we uncovered more of the town of Messines, including a large pond to the west of the main street and part of the second line of defences to the north of the town.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered with us today, we had quite a few visitors offering their time, but there are still spaces available of you would like to join us.


  1. Great to see another good day up there.

  2. Yes, very many thanks to Jaguar Landrover for their support! Not just creators of very excellent vehicles.

  3. Hi I'd love to offer my voluntary services I have just qualified as museum conservator. I can provide conservation advice and hands on help with any tasks available (digging, tea making ect)

    1. We would welcome your assistance in our Messines Model project, please email Jo on to pledge your time. She will send you further details and the required forms. Thanks.