Archaeology for Everyone {with the Bamburgh Research Project}

Bamburgh, GB
FUNDED

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

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?

Direct Inquires: fundraising@bamburghresearchresearchproject.co.uk

Website: bamburghresearchproject.co.uk

Blog: www.bamburghresearchproject.wordpress.org

Twitter: @brparchaeology
 

Benefits!
Posted: Friday, 07 June, 2013 - 15:06

Hello Sponsors!

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!

A Testimonial from the Amazing Kristie Watson
Posted: Friday, 19 April, 2013 - 00:04

 

"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?!"

Kristie Watson
Manchester, England
2007-2013

1 Week
Posted: Monday, 15 April, 2013 - 00:04

 

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!

 

Users details

29
Backers
0
Days to go
GBP £1,111
11% raised of our GBP £10,000 goal
This project ended on Friday, May 31st - 23:59

This project's deadline has now expired - you can no longer back these rewards

You cannot back this project, funding is now complete.

 

Bamburgh Beastie

£1.00 or more : With £1 your name will be added to the donors page on the Bamburgh Research Project website. If you would like to make a donation in some else’s name, let us know!

 

You've Got Mail

£10.00 or more : You’ll receive a postcard from Bamburgh during the season with a personal note of thanks from one of our staff members!

 

Virtual Archaeologist

£20.00 or more : Welcome to our VIP private blog, The Virtual Archaeologist, where you will be able to watch our archaeological season progress in detail. Packed full of behind the scenes videos, pictures, and daily reports. It will feel like you’re digging alongside us!

 

Personal Video from the Staff at BRP

£50.00 or more : In addition to receiving all of the other benefits, we will be sending each and every one of you a personal ‘thank you’ video made just for you detailing exactly how your donation was used. Please let us know if you would like us to direct your ‘thank you’ video to a particular person or group of people.

 

Magnetic Artefacts

£50.00 or more : In addition to everything else, for £50 we will be sending you a set of three limited edition BRP magnets featuring gorgeous illustrations of some of our most interesting finds.

 

Tote-ally Awesome Swag

£100.00 or more : Perfect for carrying archaeological gear or maybe just some groceries home from the shop, this canvas tote bag featuring the Bamburgh Research Project’s logo will show off your involvement with the project and make any archaeology lover jealous.

 

Day of Archaeology for 1

£120.00 or more : Come visit us for a day during our 2013 season. Join us at 11:00am for an introduction to the site. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon at the impressive Bamburgh Castle and a behind-the-scenes hands on experience processing artefacts!

 

X Marks the Spot

£150.00 or more : We’ll send you a 14”x11” poster replica of one of our beautifully intricate site plans made every archaeological season.

 

Day of Archaeology for 2

£200.00 or more : Come visit us for a day during our 2013 season. Join us at 11:00am for an introduction to the site. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon at the impressive Bamburgh Castle and a behind-the-scenes hands on experience processing artefacts!

 

Knight of the Trowel

£200.00 or more : With a donation of £200 you’ll become the 2013 sponsor of a 8x8 meter piece of excavation in one of our trenches. You’ll be updated about its progress fortnightly throughout the season and be sent an e-mail with photos if we find any major artefacts. Your donation allows us to buy the equipment (i.e. sample buckets, artefact bags, silica) we need to fully excavate that area within our 2013 season.

 

Day of Archaeology for 4

£300.00 or more : Upgrade your Day of Archaeology 2 to 4 people. Perfect for families!

 

Indiana Jones & Co. Junior

£500.00 or more : Indiana Jones & Co. If you are a company, donating £500 to the Bamburgh Research Project means that you will become an official sponsor of the 2013 archaeological season. Not only will your name appear on the bottom of our home page and at our site, but we will also get in contact with you to arrange what other ways you would like to show off your donation!

 

Indiana Jones & Co.

£1,000.00 or more : If you are a company or an individual, donating £1,000 or more to the Bamburgh Research Project means that you will become an official sponsor of the 2013 archaeological season. Not only will your name appear on the bottom of our home page and at our site, but we will also get in contact with you to arrange what other ways you would like to show off your donation! But wait, there’s more! At the end of the season we will also be sending you one of the trowels used during the excavation with your name engraved on it!