Beyond the Dig / Lunchtime Practice

Artist duo Lunchtime Practice are working with community groups on a new archaeological dig taking place in Pendle this summer


Lunchtime Practice (Daisy and ) have been commissioned by In-Situ, as part of The Gatherings strand for the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership, to be artists in residence on the Outreach programme of the Community Archaeology strand of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. Working on site during the dig throughout July and August, and in conversation with local community groups, Lunchtime Practice will document and reflect on their experiences in collaborative new work that explores questions: What is Archaeology in 2019? Who can get involved, why and how?

This project is commissioned through In-Situ as part of The Gatherings, a strand of Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. It is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England 

Lunchtime Practice

We are designers, makers, adventurers and innovators, seeing the world through the lens of possibilities and progress, problems and solutions. We think collaboratively and share stories visually. With an affection for people and places, we create site-specific artworks that are authentic to those who use them. We make to make things happen.

Lunchtime Practice has been formed over a series of lunchtime meet ups. Having met on the Textiles in Practice course at Manchester School of Art, we have come together, identifying our dexterities in collaborative practice and exploring the 2D, 3D and digital maker space. From previous projects we have gained insights into the formation of heritage and in our practice want to make meaningful connections between people and places.

Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is the lead partner of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership (PHP), a four-year Heritage Lottery Funded programme to restore the Pendle Hill Landscape. This exciting programme of landscape restoration activity looks to re-connect people with their landscape and their past, to safeguard the area’s wildlife and heritage and to improve people’s access to this popular countryside area. We will do this by providing opportunities for training and volunteering; by supporting research and devising digital interpretation to inspire a new generation about our heritage; by restoring important landscape features, and by working with communities to re-tell the stories of radical Pendle people. This programme will increase pride in this special place and raise aspirations amongst communities, and it will bring in new investment to support the environment and the local economy.

The Pendle Hill LP scheme has three themes:

  • To improve the environment
  • To build the local economy
  • To provide opportunity for everyone to get involved

These themes incorporate a number of projects, and you can read more about these and the area and its heritage here The themes will be gathered together with a series of art projects and commissions inspiring and involving people on all sides of the hill and connecting them to this special place in innovative ways.

Community Archaeology

PHLP will provide a series of archaeology training courses which will improve and support the skills of volunteers to enable them to survey and interpret local archaeological sites. We will also provide discovery days and participator events which will enable the local community to gain a greater appreciation of the development of the historical landscape of the LP area, including field systems, ancient and prehistoric settlement, and resource extraction.

The Community Archaeology project is being led with support from Northern Archaeological Associates. We will be working with Rebecca Cadbury-Simmons, Community Archaeology Co-ordinator with NAA who will be connecting with local groups and individuals with an interest in local archaeology. We hope we can offer advice to local groups to further their existing research projects.

We also hope to hold discovery days and events, which will engage with more and a wider audience and provide this audience with more knowledge about our, relatively under researched, local archaeology. Archaeology will feed into our Outdoor Learning opportunities, as we hope to loan out an ‘artefacts box’ to local schools.

NAA will also provide the Community Archaeology training programme, involving 5 different sessions for volunteers each year. These sessions may involve learning more about desk research skills, archive research, geophysical surveys and finds identification. There will also be opportunities for volunteers to get involved in some small scale excavations over the next few years.

We hope that by equipping volunteers with new skills and providing extra support, they will be encouraged to develop their own projects within the local landscape.



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