The Bamburgh Research Project is a non-profit independent archaeological research project investigating the area around Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, which is one of the most important archaeological sites currently under excavation in northern England. After nearly 20 years, we need your help to keep this amazing archaeological excavation running.
BAMBURGH RESEARCH PROJECT
Since 1996 the staff here at the Bamburgh Research Project have worked hard to create an inclusive archaeological experience for participants of all backgrounds. From first-timers to old-pros, BRP offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to dig at one of the most historically saturated locations in the northern United Kingdom. But now this program is under threat. Because of rising costs and the rash of funding cuts for Arts and Heritage across the U.K., this predominantly student funded now needs your help to survive.
The Bamburgh Research Project was set up in 1996 to investigate the history of Bamburgh Castle and its environs from prehistory to the present day, and we aim, through our work, to bring that past to life for everyone. The Castle contains within its bounds layers representing more than 2000 years of continuous occupation, while the landscape around the castle rock is textured by over 6000 years of human history.
This project is only possible because of the students and volunteers willing to help maintain and further excavate this site. Yearly, BRP provides young archaeologists with their first hands-on experience in this unbelievably rewarding field. And now, only with your help, can we work to keep the Bamburgh Research Project running and continue to protect and preserve such an important piece of English heritage.
Our goal is to raise £10,000 to apply towards conserving our program. This money will be applied to keeping the Bamburgh Research Project sustainable. This means we will be actively working to keep fees low so that anybody, of any background or age, can afford to take part in our continuous excavations. In addition we will be investing in the supplies needed to maintain our extensive archive of excavation records and priceless artifacts so that we can eventually publish all of our finds which will serve as an invaluable tool for future historians and academics. .
WITH YOUR HELP we can continue to put archaeology in the hands of new students and remain a rich cultural resource for all the United Kingdom.
Only with your help can we achieve our goal.
So how can you help?
HOW CAN I HELP?
Pick a benefit level and contribute! By purchasing benefits to support our cause you are helping us accomplish an amazing goal. Every pound helps. Just donating £25 buys you access to behind the scenes footage, photos, and postings by our staff. For £300 you can come for a day of archaeology, a tour of the castle and lunch on us! Donate £1,000 and you might just receive an engraved trowel with your name and loads of other great gifts as well.
Can’t afford to donate? That’s okay, but please make sure to help us spread the word and follow us on the BRP website, blog, and twitter!
I BOUGHT A BENEFIT, NOW WHAT?
Fantastic! Thank you so much. You’ve just become an essential part of helping us accomplish our goals! As soon as funding closes you will receive an e-mail from us with any information related to your benefit level. We will be sending out post cards, posters, and other items as soon as possible. Any rewards directly connected with our excavation, such as behind the scenes videos and site tours will be delayed until the beginning of our 2013 season so your patience is much appreciated. We will keep you updated about the progress of our fundraising and the delivery of your benefits on the update page as it happens.
Need to get in contact with us?
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Just a quick update about benefit fufuillment. By now you all should have recieved confirmation emails from BRP. We're currently waiting for the totebags, magnets, posters, and postcards to arrive which means once we have them we can finally start sending them out. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us!
"I’ve been coming to the project since I was 16 (back in 2007), and in the past 6 seasons I have been given the most amazing opportunities and trusted with such amazing work, that being here has truly built my confidence and experience as an archaeologist. The incredible artefacts and the great staff team together provide one of the best educational archaeological experiences available: and better still – the site is extra-ordinary and a privilege to work on! Practical experience in archaeology is of paramount importance if you want to succeed, either academically or commercially, and training excavations like the Bamburgh Research Project are like gold-dust to the lowly undergraduate archaeology student. This fantastic site and the amazing staff ably equip the archaeologists of the future with the skills and knowledge that they need, protecting the future of archaeology by preparing the next generation.
Not only is this project a great place to learn, but also a great place to be! I’ve met some of my best friends here, people I know I will care about for the rest of my life. And, I’ve even been to a medieval wedding through the friends I’ve made here....who can knock that?!"
Our campaign is officially 1 week old! Thanks to you we have raised 600 pounds! Not too shabby. But remember, only with your help can we spread the word and ultimately reach our goal of £10,000. So please pass it on to everyone who might be interested.
Questions? Feel free to send us an e-mail any time!