Archaeology Day Raises £1,800

We are delighted to announce that the recent Derbyshire Archaeology Day raised £1,800 for the Foundation. The money raised will help us to restore renowned antiquarian, Thomas Bateman’s tomb in Middleton-By-Youlgrave.

This year’s Derbyshire Archaeology Day was hosted virtually by the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council. Attendees to the free event were asked to donate £7 to the Foundation in lieu of the usual ticket price.

One donor commented, ‘Very interesting weekend of lectures. Would love to join you again next time. Thankyou to everyone.’

The money raised will enable us to work with Middle-By-Youlgrave parish council to restore the  tomb of famed Peak District antiquarian Thomas Bateman.

Thomas Bateman's Tomb

Thomas Bateman was born in November 1821 in Rowsley and became known locally as the pioneer of early archaeology. He was fascinated by Bronze Age burial mounds (barrows) and excavated more than 200 prehistoric barrows in the Peak District – earning himself the nickname ‘The Barrow Knight’.

Unlike many people working at that time, Thomas kept detailed records of his work and published his findings. He also made watercolour paintings of many of his excavation sites and artefacts.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made a donation. With your help we are able to conserve an important part of Derbyshire cultural heritage for future generations.

There is still time to give…

The donation link will stay open until the end of February 2021, so if you enjoyed the day but haven’t made your donation yet, there is still time. Donate here.

Keep an eye on our social media and website for pictures of the restoration work when it is complete.

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Thanks again to everyone who attended the event and to those who donated.