The Woodchurch Big Dig

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The Woodchurch Big Dig is a HLF funded community archaeology and history project set at the heart of Woodchurch Estate, Wirral. Big Heritage are joining forces with Woodchurch Church of England Primary School to discover exciting new archaeological information through geophysical survey, excavation and curation on the community's own doorstep. In addition, recently uncovered historical documents have revealed new stories of the lives of past Woodchurch residents, spanning some 200 years. We will be recording, conserving and digitising these with help of the Cheshire Archive Services and local volunteers. This will ensure their long-term survival and make them accessible to everyone for the very first time. The project was devised to help commemorate the school's 350th anniversary.


  Pupils from Woodchurch CofE test pitting in their school ground back in 2014


The project will run from the start of October 2016 through Spring 2017 with many different activities offered to volunteers over this period. It's not all digging, there's something for everyone! We hope that the whole community will come along and join in. The activities include:

  • Archaeological excavation around the core of the village
  • Geophysical Survey on the village's green space
  • Finds washing and processing in the Village Hall
  • Pottery, animal bone and skeletal training from local specialists
  • Historical document research and digitisation of the school log books
  • Lectures and walks exploring Woodchurch's past
Accounts from the School Day Book from 1874

   Accounts from the School Day Book from 1874     

How to Get Involved

We ask everyone to provide us with contact details if they wish to volunteer. That way, as we begin to plan activities, we can let everyone know what's going on. The link below will lead you to a very short questionnaire where you can leave your details, let us know what activities you might be interested in and any questions you might have. We will then contact you with the activities as dates are confirmed.

Volunteer Now: 

Please click here: Sign Up

You can follow us on Twitter by searching for #digWoodchurch and if you have any questions or queries please contact Jo Kirton on 01244 515568 or drop her an email at