• Discovering huge walls<br />and foundations
  • Finding the tile-on-edge<br />hearths and wall foundations
  • uncovering the Palace

Woking Palace and its Park

Press release, 19 June 2013

Woking Palace Excavation 2013-2016

Woking Palace and its Park is a new 3-year Heritage Lottery Funded community-based project. It will be led by the Friends of Woking Palace, and aims to cast light on the development of Woking Palace and its surrounding 590 acre deer Park, from its earliest days right through to modern times, including its glorious Tudor heyday.

The excavations will run in September. A special open day will be held on the final Sunday from 11am when guided tours of the excavations will run until 4pm.

Dig In to Woking Palace & its Park

There are a number of different ways you can be involved with the dig this year. Have you always wanted to have a go at digging? Do you love Time Team? Dig for a Day offers those with less than 5-days excavation experience the chance to take part in an archaeological dig. Dig for a Day is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

To permit the widest possible chance for novices to get involved the opportunity to participate is restricted to a single day or two-half days. Please note that a responsible adult must accompany 15 and 16 year olds on site.

There are spaces also available for experienced digging volunteers, and many other opportunities to participate including on-site training through a 3-day Basic Skills in Archaeology course, on-site finds processing, school and group visits.

For more information and a booking form please contact Surrey County Councilís Assistant Community Archaeologist at education.scau@surreycc.gov.uk or by phone 01483 518737.

There are exciting year-round activities planned as part of the Woking Palace and its Park project, which will run until March 2016. The Friends of Woking Palace are actively looking for new volunteers and participants to be involved. For more information on the project and the Friends of Woking Palace, please see www.woking-palace.org, or contact Jean Follett, Treasurer of the Friends of Woking Palace on email info@woking-palace.org or by phone 01483 768685.

Please note that apart from Open Days, access to Woking Palace is restricted to organised visits - for example, school groups and local history societies.

Note: Please note that there is NO public parking at Woking Palace. The nearest public parking on the Special Open Days will be in Old Woking.

See a guide on how to get to the site.

Community volunteers

Community volunteers

Finds processing

Processing the finds

Examining walls

Examining exposed walls

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