Vanessa Oakden, Curator of Community Archaeology at Museum of Liverpool, was working on-site and it was a good opportunity to catch up about the archaeological test-pitting that we’ll be carrying out around The Old Library next year. From looking at historic maps, it seems that the land on which the library was built used to be fields, although that’s hard to imagine now! This means we might not find the same kind of items as in a built-up, urban environment but we will be recruiting volunteers later in the year to carry out research into the Tuebrook area, which we hope will give us some clues about where to dig and what we might find. Keep an eye on our volunteering page for more details about this exciting project.
The Museum of Liverpool will be using the research they’ve carried out and the finds from their excavation to build up a better picture of what life used to be like in Pembroke Place. We hope to do the same for our local area and will be working with the community to display what we find inside The Old Library when it re-opens, helping people to learn more about our heritage and preserve it for future generations.