• All around the site<br />helping visitors
  • Preparing for the<br />Open Day

Woking Palace Archaeological Project 2010

Open Day, 1st August 2010

Sunday 1st August saw the culmination of three weeks of excavation, when an Open Day was held for the public to view the results of the work carried out this summer by the Woking Palace Archaeological Project on this nationally important Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The Open Day attracted more than 500 visitors, who were offered a tour led by a Friend of Woking Palace around the various trenches, where the discoveries were explained by some of the 50+ archaeologists from Surrey Archaeological Society who had worked on the site, as well as a glimpse into the work of the finds processing team. There was a chance to visit the various heritage stalls set up outside the moats by a variety of groups and organisations involved in Surrey’s history and archaeology.

Now that the excavations have been protected and backfilled, the major work of understanding all the evidence obtained and carefully recorded begins. Woking Palace is particularly important as, unlike so many other royal manors and palaces, the site has remained largely unaltered since its abandonment in the 1620s. Over time the work being carried out on the evidence from this excavation should provide us with a clearer understanding of not only of Woking Palace but the development of medieval manors and palaces in general.

Fun activities<

The dressed-up vault

Lots of visitors despite the heat!

Lots of visitors despite the heat!

Did the Palace look like this?

Did the Palace look like this?

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